I’m from the school of thought that making aware choices about what we eat has positive effects not only on our bodies and minds but also on several other significant aspects.
Yes, conscious eating results in an improved health and an overall feeling of well-being which is crucial and, fortunately, that’s not all it does. Eating habits have a huge impact on the environment, economy and harmonic co-existence of all creatures on this planet – even when I’m only one in the millions, it makes me feel that I’m contributing to a better world when I responsibly choose what I put on my plate.
Leaving it to the pros, there’s an excerpt from the book “Mindful Eating, Mindful Life” by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung that explains it all in better words than my own:
“Science informs us that when our diet is more plant based, and when we exercise regularly, our health will improve. By mindfully reducing meat consumption, you are also performing a miracle, because your change in diet indirectly helps make food more available to hungry children in underdeveloped countries as well as reduce global warming. When more of us practice mindfulness this way, we are creating transformation at not only the individual level but also the collective level. We are changing the world.”
I’ve shared a series of posts in which I explain deeper how and why I decided to become a vegan. If you’re interested, you can access them here:
Part 1 – From Omnivore to Vegan
Part 2 – Green Activism
Part 3 – Vegan for a month, what now?