Vegan recipes have started flooding the social media, friends, family members and colleagues are challenging each other for a 30 days vegan diet, availability of free vegan starter kit, blogs on simple steps to turn vegetarian or vegan, even the religious, ayurvedic and yogic literature boost about ‘sattvic food’ which generally include vegetables, grains and legumes, fruits, ghee. A shift, rather a transition can be observed as people are switching over a length of choices such as Vegetarianism choosing not to eat animals but consume animal products, Veganism resulting in deduction of even animal products, Pescatarians focus on plant based diet with the inclusion of fish, Ovo-vegetarians eat eggs but not dairy products, among others.
When one chooses to have a lifestyle change, dietary variations becomes of foremost importance. The perks of switching to a vegetarian diet or any variation of it (vegan, ovo-vegetarian or lacto- vegetarian) are physical, monetary and environmental friendly.
Eating out or having a home delivery or cooking at home, a egetarian meal is doable on any budget. Many restaurants and supermarkets offer protein alternatives which are easy on the pocket. According to the Economic Survey 2019-2020, the affordability of vegetarian Thalis
has improved by 29%.
The shifting perceptive in dietary lifestyle due to the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) has aided in increasing compassion for animals and dislike for the taste of meat.According to the American Dietetic Association, “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
Oxford Martin School researchers estimated that both health and climate change has impacted the shift towards more plant-based diets for all major world regions. They further estimated that a global switch to diets that rely less on meat and more on fruits and vegetables could save up to 8 million lives by 2050, reduce green house emissions by two-thirds and lead to healthcare- related savings and avoid climate damages of $1.5 trillion (US).
Other benefits include aid in weight lose, reduced intake of cholesterol and fat, reduced impact on environment, animal welfare, religious convictions and reduction in chronic diseases, cancer, diabetes, overweight and obesity many of which are preventable and related to poor quality diet and physical inactivity.
We are what we eat, our choice of food is said to affect our mind, our thoughts and emotions.