Why did you go vegan?
It’s a question many people eating a plant-based diet have heard, in one form or another. Although veganism has risen in popularity in recent years, there’s still a slight mysticism about it – from understanding how you sacrifice your favorite foods (hint: you don’t have to!) to how you maintain your nutrition. Still, the biggest mystery is still in the big “Why?”
For many, the answer lies in animal welfare.
There are many reasons to go vegan, from improving your health to environmentally-friendly ways of eating your favorite dishes. Animal welfare is equally as important because there are many animals around the world that are suffering from animal consumption.
Willow Vegan Bistro serves nutritious vegan dishes with innovative preparations. Visit us today for dine-in, delivery, or takeout!
Improve Your Health
While veganism doesn’t automatically equate to healthiness – especially if you’re not reaching your daily nutritional requirements – switching to a plant-based diet can help improve overall health and wellbeing. In fact, personal health is one of the numbered reasons to go vegan.
The key to using veganism to improve your health is to research and plan your meals in order to make sure you’re getting the right amount of nutrients each day. There are certain foods that are vegan due to their lack of certain ingredients, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are healthy.
Reduce Common Health Conditions
From cardiovascular disease to malnutrition, the foods you eat can dictate the way your body copes and responds to everyday stress and activities. Veganism provides more opportunities to explore nutrient-dense foods that help improve your body with little to no harmful effects.
While veganism hasn’t been proven as a cure for any illnesses, it can help you manage conditions.
Often, cardiovascular disease and both types of diabetes can be impacted by your diet. Eating a nutritionally balanced vegan diet is one way to help alleviate the symptoms and severity of these diseases by reducing the number of catalyst ingredients you consume.
The second-largest benefit of going vegan outside of improving your health is environmentalism and animal welfare. Factory farming is one of the world’s biggest polluters, so it is important to reduce the amount of meat and dairy you consume. This can help reduce negative environmental impacts, such as deforestation and pollution, that occur as a direct result of agriculture.
Many vegans choose this lifestyle for animals. It’s an ethical lifestyle, which we are passionate about not causing harm to sentient life.
Save the Animals
When it comes to the environment and animal welfare, factory farms are one of the largest sources of disturbance.
A majority of commercial meat available in the United States is produced at factory farms, which are large-scale businesses fueled by increased demand for animal products. Due to accelerated production as a result to meet demands, factory farming often results in the severe mistreatment of animals.
Animals aren’t the only ones to suffer as a result of poor farming etiquette and techniques, though. Water from mega factory farms has polluted an estimated 145,000 miles of rivers and streams in the United States alone. This creates a widespread impact on the environment, affecting everything from wildlife to the availability of clean water for human consumption to agriculture.
Explore Your Nutritional Needs
A vegan diet is centered on avoiding meat and other animal products such as dairy. In doing so, you’ll be able to experience the third benefit of going vegan: exploring your nutrition.
You don’t have to be vegan in order to learn more about the food you consume. However, when you are vegan and begin to learn to plan your meals in order to both avoid animal-based foods and meet your required daily nutrition, you’ll learn more about your body and its needs. You’ll also spend more time learning about the source of your food, which creates an overall elevated consciousness in regard to your body and your nutrition.
Experiment with New Recipes
Veganism also offers a variety of opportunities to experiment with well-loved recipes in order to create a version that is both vegan and nutritionally balanced.
Finding alternatives for ingredients such as heavy whipping cream, cheese, and other traditionally animal-based products can allow you to tweak recipes into something completely new while still maintaining a familiar flavor and texture.
Go Vegan with Willow
There are many reasons to go vegan, such as a wide variety of benefits and an even wider variety of menu options. At Willow Bistro, we strive to make veganism easier by offering a menu centered on comfort food with a vegan twist – from hickory-smoked burgers to eggplant lasagna.
You can enjoy a dinner out at our restaurant at 199 8th Avenue in NYC or indulge with online ordering for pickup and delivery. However you decide to enjoy your vegan-style comfort food – and the benefits that come with it – we look forward to serving you an outstanding meal.