If you're reading this page there's a good chance you're curious as to why going plant-based is right for you. Well, we're here to drop some buckets of knowledge to help you make that decision. We could probably write a 500 page book on this subject alone, but our goal here is to give you the nuts and bolts. While going vegan is by far the healthiest choice you can make, it's also much bigger than that. It's a decision that will not only directly affect your physical wellness, but Planet Earth's as well. You literally have the power to change the world with one decision at every meal — should I eat more plants? The short answer is yes.
Humans are natural herbivores. We came into this world as gatherers, not hunters. It wasn't until the Ice Age, where humans were forced to hunt to survive, where we started eating meat regularly. And even then, it was in very small doses. Only in the past 50 years has meat become a dietary staple for every single meal, perpetuated by massive corporations and Big Ag, and the truth is that it's killing us.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that we need animal protein to survive. That couldn't be further from the truth. Not only can we survive on plants, but we thrive on them.
Animal protein is not the healthiest food we can eat — it is strongly associated with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer.
Carbs are not the enemy — they are a source of energy, and are staples in the diets of the longest-living peoples in the world.
Looking for a quick breakdown of how going plant-based will benefit your health? Here it is:
- Increased energy
- Improved digestion
- Better wake/sleep patterns
- Increased vitality
- Better mental health
- Body weight control
- Lowers cholesterol
- Improved emotional states (depression, anxiety, fatigue, sense of well being)
- It may help prevent, treat or reverse some of our leading causes of death, included heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
In case you've been living under a rock for the past couple years, it's no secret that going vegan could actually help save the world. Yeah we said it. Your choice to go plant-based has a monumental impact on the current state of Planet Earth. Contrary to fad diets like Paleo or Whole30, every time you eat a plant-based meal it's a vote that you make for our environment. If you're unaware of the environmental impact that animal agriculture has, then we're here to shed some light. If you're aware and consider yourself a progressive thinker/doer and environmentalist but are still crushing meat on the reg, then we politely ask you to ask yourself, "Are my actions congruent with my intentions?"
- In the US, 5% of water consumed is by private homes whereas animal agriculture consumes 55%. (3)
- Animal agriculture is responsible for 20-30% of all fresh water consumption in the world. (4)
- One pound of beef requires 2,500 gallons of water. (3)
- One pound of eggs requires 477 gallons of water. (3)
- One pound of cheese requires 900 gallons of water. (3)
- One gallon of milk requires 1,000 gallons of water. (3)
- Whenever the causes of climate change are discussed, fossil fuels usually top the list. Oil, natural gas, and coal are substantial sources of human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases. But even when combined, their carbon footprint is still lower than that of animal agriculture:
- Methane is 25 – 100 times more destructive than CO2 (carbon dioxide). (3)
- Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day. (3)
- Methane has a global warming power of 86 times that of CO2 (carbon dioxide). (3)
- Livestock is responsible for 65% of all emissions of nitrous oxide — a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive than CO2 (carbon dioxide) which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years. (3)
While there are a plethora of ethical reasons for going vegan, BLOK politely declines when it comes to tossing this card around — at least for now. We understand that it's a very subjective matter since many people think farming animals for food is completely ethical. There's many other vegan movements out there that shine a light on this aspect of veganism. If you're interested in finding out more, please email us at email@example.com and we'd be happy to share some resources with you.