Welcome to Happi World! Here at Happi Belly, our main objective is to help people be the healthiest version of themselves, but we also understand that a 100% plant-based diet isn’t for everyone. Many people struggle with the idea of giving up their favorite meals that contain meat. However, going meatless, even for just a couple meals a week, can make a big impact in many ways for your health, the environment, and the animals. And with the many whole-grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables available, feeling restricted won’t be a problem. With that said, let’s jump into some of the advantages of going meatless!
Animal fat and cholesterol come solely from animal products. Eating excessive amounts can increase risk of heart disease. Those who follow a plant-based diet are less likely to develop heart disease because they consume little to no cholesterol and more fiber and anti-oxidants from fruits and vegetables.
Following a vegetarian diet can help you lose weight, as long as you are eating nutrient-dense whole foods. Many fresh fruits and vegetables contain a lot of nutrients but few calories, which is the key to shedding or maintaining weight in a healthy way. Nevertheless, becoming vegetarian isn’t just a way to cheat your way to your goal weight. For example, while potato chips are technically vegetarian, they still aren’t the best choice if you are trying to improve your diet. Instead, try baking thinly sliced sweet potato in the oven with some olive oil, salt, and pepper for a healthy and satisfying snack!
Good nutrition generates more usable energy and won’t give you that sluggish feeling after a heavy meal that is high in fat and cholesterol. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are high in simple and complex carbohydrates—the body’s preferred source of energy.
Many rivers and streams become polluted due to chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms. This has a major effect of the environment and water quality. By eating less meat, you can help reduce the impact that meat production has on our planet.
Eating a vegetarian diet can also help reduce world hunger. About 70 percent of all grain produced in the US is fed to animals that are raised as food, which consume five times more grain than the American population. That grain could be fed directly to millions of people, helping solve world hunger and also boosting the US trade balance by billions per year.
Becoming vegetarian for ethical reasons is among the most common reasons why people make the switch. Many people switch to a vegetarian diet because they are concerned for animal rights.
Whatever your reason for going meatless is, you ARE making a difference for yourself, your planet, and the animals. Happi Belly respects everyone’s personal choices, but we still encourage open minds and bellies. Every effort counts. Try a meatless meal today!