I Eat Plants: Five More Reasons To Go Vegan in the New Year


January 1st marks 10 years of the veg life for me.  Three years vegetarian, seven vegan.  It was a personal decision that reflected where I was in my life at the time, and I’ve never regretted it.  Last year I gave you five reasons to go vegan in the new year, and now I’m giving you five more!

5.  Because there are tons and tons of vegan cookbooks out there to help you make delicious food!

You like to cook, right?

Our very own former I Eat Plants columnist, JL Fields, made her debut as a published book author this year!  With books like Vegan For Her, which gives a comprehensive look at women’s health issues and needs along with veganism, complete with recipes by our JL, you are in good hands for learning all kinds vegan cuisine, from decadent to healthy fare!

4.  Because Beyonce is doing it.

And of course, Jay-Z.

They might only be doing it for a short time, but if the Queen Bey is doing something like going vegan, can’t we say in all fairness that it’s gone pretty mainstream?

There has been criticism about their 22-day plan, and it’s not without merit- especially that going vegan for a short time won’t solve all the woes of the earth and the animal agriculture industry.  While I don’t expect that doing so for a short time will fix everything, what is it going to harm?

When I was in college, I participated in vegetarian awareness week.  Yes, it was just a week, but it was easy.  Easier than I thought it would be.  That is part of why a few years later I was able to commit to going vegetarian.   Fast forward another couple of years, and I tried a 3-week stint at being vegan.  It took me a few tries before I got there, but these short term commitments were instrumental in getting to where I am now.

Every journey starts with just one step.

3.  Because it might improve your mood.

A small study released last year showed lower levels of stress and improved mood after just two weeks of restricting meat.  It’s way too small of a sample to draw conclusions, but why not try it out for a couple of weeks and see how you feel?

If you want to make sure you’re getting the proper nutrition while trying, I highly recommend the blog The Vegan RD, as well as the books Vegan for Her (mentioned above) and Vegan for Life.

2.   Because you want to be more compassionate.


But to whom are you being compassionate?

It’s not just about compassion to animals- it’s about compassion to yourself.  Feeding yourself with plants is a really nice thing you can do for yourself.  The bonus is the compassion you show the animals.  🙂

Which leads me to…

1.   Because you want to.

Has there ever been something you want to do very much, but it’s never felt like the right time?

Going vegetarian or vegan or plant-based might be one of those things.  Maybe it’s because you want to keep up with the latest celeb trends, maybe it’s because you love animals, maybe it’s because you want to lose weight, or save the Earth, eat a little healthier, or just try something different.   Whatever the reason is… you deserve it.


one of the reasons to go vegan!You too deserve to be vegan… and to eat a sandwich like this one I had while on vacation to the Pacific Northwest this year.  Sandwich from Plum Bistro in Seattle, WA.

Happy New Year everyone, and be safe and healthy!



About Author

I Eat Plants columnist Jodie Deignan went vegetarian in 2004 and fully committed to veganism in 2007. By day she’s a psychiatric nurse practitioner and by night she spends a lot of time cooking delicious vegan food for herself and her friends. She’s a bit of a picky eater, with a special distaste for mushrooms, seaweed, raw tomatoes, and eggplant, though she’s discovered along the way she’s a little more open-minded than she once thought. She blogs at The Picky Vegan.

1 Comment

  1. Here is my number one reason to go vegan in 2014: Gain Control of Your Life.

    Back in the days before I went vegan, I lacked knowledge on nutrition. Why would I need to know anything about the food I ate? Others made it for me and I was not overweight. I exercised a lot (high school football) and I ate fast food sparingly. Problems with my health were not apparent to me at the time as a result of diet. Primarily I had issues with acne like most teenagers and I was always tired right before lunch started.

    Nothing in my life has been more revolutionary than becoming vegan. The active choice to stop eating animal products put me on a whole different path than 99% of Americans.

    Now I was forced to relearn cooking and eating completely. As such, I turned to the best views I could find. At first I learned about the message of T. Collin Campbell from reading the ‘China Study’. However, I drifted to raw veganism for a while.

    Thankfully enough, I learned about Dr. McDougall and starches after being a raw vegan for about five months. This marked a whole new point in my vegan journey.

    Now I could easily and effectively make vegan food. I did not have to worry about balancing out all sorts of levels of nutrition with chia seeds here and green vegetables there. All it takes are starches and whole plant consumption.

    Anyone can do this, it is so simple.

    Stop eating animal products. Begin eating a diet built around starchy vegetables (rice, beans, potatoes, oats).

    Your health will improve dramatically. You will finally have choice over the food you eat. Cravings will be a thing of the past.

    For anyone that wants to embrace the message, I recommend getting an electronic pressure cooker. Feel free to read my review of the Instant Pot at my blog, Vegan Kitchen Appliances: http://www.vegankitchenappliances.com/2014/01/instant-pot-ip-lux60-6-in-1.html

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