My simple understanding of a vegan is a person who does not eat meat or animal products. My veganism journey began in September 2017 and to be honest it has not been a perfect journey. Anyway am not scaring any one am just spitting the plain truth. I had laxity in writing about being a vegan but i don’t understand why i have a burning desire to write about it today. May be it is because of worries that i have about this festive season on how people are going to feast on the fattest animals and a lot of trsh shall be ending in landfills, our rivers,seas, lakes and oceans.
There is a lot of negativity in the world about the relationship between vegans and the environment. You know what ? i delight myself in participating in environmental conservation by being a vegan. A drastic life change is not easy because i know some people are accustomed to meat and dairy products and feel like its impossible to take this bold step and be a vegan , not long ago i was a fish and chicken addict but i though t of saving my mother earth and thus how i began this treacherous journey, a journey that is not for the faint hearted, i’m glad that i’m adapting to my new lifestyle despite being raised with fish as a staple diet.
Am not forcing anyone to go vegan , let it come from your heart, believe it and start taking baby steps and do not be be to harsh on yourself whenever you are tempted to eat meat , its not an easy thing to do keep going however slow you are moving. You can make a weekly schedule for your vegan meals and keep checking on your progressive report. Convincing addicts is not easy but kindly go through the following reasons and see if becoming a vegan is worth it.
1. I’m healthier
Becoming a vegan has changed my life i have a clearer skin, stronger nails and being a woman i no longer worry about my belly . Eating lots of vegetables does not worry me any more because there are no worriers on watching on calories because vegetables have very low low calories, i eat without guilty and this is the beauty of being a vegan.I have more energy and less muscle fat by the way i,m very flexible and above all i now have a sexier body than ever before…. hahahahaha what can i not say?, its just healthy to stay healthy.
The production of meat and other daily products is a heavy burden to the environment interns of the large amounts of water required to produce one kg of meat as compared to the amount of water required to produce ikg of wheat. On the other hand vast amount of grain feed is required for meat production this has led to habitat loss, species extinction and deforestation for instance according to the recent studies in Brazil alone 5.6 million hectares of land has been set aside to grow soya beans for animal production in European. This is so ironical because instead of people growing cash crops for their feed they grow it for animals . Only one third of the land required for meat production is enough for a plant based diet. Veganism is the way to go.
3.Reduce pollution of water bodies
Animal waste, chemicals and fertilisers are the major contributor of environmental pollution of our water ways. Waste water manure severely harms our rivers and streams because factory farms do not have good sewerage treatment systems. Factory farm pollutants therefore cause great harm to to acquatic life as well as human life.Fish farming directly contributes to the pollution of the waterways. The amount of feces deposits producesd are concentrated in one place and thus when they enter the waterways they pollute the entire ecosystem.
4.Save our forests
Livestock industry requires large tracks of land to function well. This industry is responsible for massive deforestation of our forest ecosystems as cultivation of land required to produce animal feeds.Apart from habitat loss and species extinction deforestation has led to increase in green house gases emission by releasing carbon that is stored in trees to the atmosphere.
5.Reduction in destruction of wildlife/ endangered species habitats
Rain forests like Amazon of Latin America are cleared to create space for new pastures hence loss of habitat for a myriad of species.It is a sad reality that about 30% of the earths land mass is used for animal production, this has led to increased desertification-and soil erosion due to overgrazing of livestock.
6. Enviromental Sustainability
By choosing a vegan diet you can help save the environment interms of water, land ,and oil resources that are required in animal production. For instance you can lessen your carbon foot print by rejecting animal and dairy products because this can help lessen the amount of electricity required in its production because its just crazy to think of the effects of how much this industry is draining the worlds energy resources. Plants production energy used is undeniably less than that of animal production.
7.Reduction in production of methane and other green house gases
Animal agriculture has diverse impacts on climate interms of the waste they create. Thinking of methane- a green house gas imagine all the wind that gets to the atmosphere. Do you know that methane alone is 100 times harmful to the atmosphere than carbon monoxide?. I can imagine the billion gallons of methane produced per day across the globe. Ask yourself where it goes.
We all know that cheese and beef are expensive, vegetables and fruits are relatively inexpensive. Am glad that becoming a vegan makes you become self reliant by choosing what to eat or cook, it actually makes you independent. Most restaurants do not serve vegetarian diet sometimes you are left with the option of cooking your own food at home an d this in turn saves you a lot of money and headaches.
9.Reduce Global Warming
According to the United Nations 2006 report raising animals for food generates more green
house gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. I feel that is wrong for the world to focus on carbon dioxide as the the major gas causing environmental degradation, what about the other culprits like methane,nitrous oxide, chlorofluorocarbons and hydro fluorocarbons?. However big a vegan is the way to go because eating animal products really affects the planet.
We as human beings are lucky that we have a choice of what to eat but this doesn’t mean that we should do it without considering the defects on other creatures. Wild animals like lions have no option but to hunt/ kill others in other for them to survive but do we humans need to kill other creatures in order to survive?, the answer is a big no, ask yourself if what your doing is right for mother nature or not. The ball is in your court.
Ever since i became a vegan my compassion for animals has skyrocketed , whenever i think of the emotions that animals go through when they are killed they are not different from ours.
Take it slow- you cant just become a vegan overnight remember its a journey that has just began with as single stride be patient you will get used to it.
Remember why- never forget the reason why you chose a vegan lifestyle, keep in mind the benefits to you as an individual and the environment as well.
Keep learning- you have to take your time and learn about new foods and flavours. Make it a daily habit you will in the process discover new things.
Remember to do it right- just because you are a vegan it doesn’t mean that you’re 100% healthy. Watch you eat so that you don’t miss essential nutrients.
Don’t give- never ever go against your decision no matter the challenges that come along , always stick to the decision as to why you chose to be a vegan in the first place.
Hey travellers- during your adventures try serching for vegan restaurants.
15 Vegan restaurants in Kenya to eat your heart outh this festive season:
1.Ashiana Vegetarian Restaurant
Apic Centre, Muthithi Road, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
Now Open: Mon-Sun 10:00am-10:00pm
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Western, Fast food, Take-out
Known for its Indian thali and vegetarian pizzas.
2. Chowpaty Pure Vegetarian Restaurant
4th Parklands Ave, Parklands, Nairobi (at Diamond Plaza), Nairobi, Kenya
Now Open: Mon-Sun 11:00am-11:00pm
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Fast food, Take-out, Catering
South Indian Cuisine. Try the masala dhosa, dahi sev chaat, and fresh juices.
Kipande Road, Nairobi, Kenya
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Buffet, Fast food, Delivery, Take-out, African, Kenyan
Vegetarian restaurant serving African cuisine.
4.Riyas Delicious Corner
Kusi Lane (at 4th Avenue Parklands), Nairobi, Kenya
Open on Tue-Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm, Sun 11:00am-2:00pm
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Indian, Fast food, Juice bar
Established 1983, this vegetarian restaurant in Kenya serves Indian vegetarian snacks in a cool natural
surrounding with leafy green canopy. Children friendly environment.
5.Slush Coffee World
Parklands Rd, Corner Plaza, Westlands (at Rank Xerox House), Nairobi, Kenya
Now Open: Mon-Sun 9:00am-10:00pm
Cuisine: Lacto, Pizza, Indian, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Indo-Chinese
Indian style pizza and other dishes. House specialty is potato bhajia.
Limuru Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
Cuisine: Pizza, Indian, International, Western, Fast food, Take-out
Vegetarian restaurant with option of no onions and no garlic.
7. 7-Day Restaurant
126 Rhapta Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
Now Open: Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:30pm
uisine: Lacto, Ovo, Chinese, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Chinese restaurant with a vegetarian section, many of which are vegan.
Also makes their own noodles and can make them vegan.
6th Muranga Rd (at Moi Ave), Nairobi, Kenya +254-719063000
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Indian, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Asian, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Best Western/Meridian hotel restaurant with marked vegetarian choices,
and staff will check which of these are suitable for vegans. Sample dishes such as aloo gobi matter (potatoes,
peas, cauliflower with onions in tomato gravy), yellow dal, and farmhouse mixed vegetables with noodles in soy
sauce. Salad is served with dinner.
60 Ndovu Rd, Hardy, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
Now Open: Tue-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm, Sat-Sun 9:00am-6:00pm
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Wholefoods restaurant focused on conscious and sustainable living. The menu is primarily plant-based and currently includes Malaysia laksa with fried tempeh, spicy black bean tacos,
falafel platter and a variety of vegan desserts.
10.Bridges Organic Health Restaurant
Tubman Rd, Upperhill Food Court, Upperhill (at Koinange St), Nairobi, Kenya
Now Open: Mon-Sat 7:00am-9:00pm
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Juice bar, Take-out, Catering, Kenyan, African, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. A health food restaurant that serves traditional Kenyan cuisine prepared with organically grown produce, since 2006.
Utalii House Ground Floor, Uhuru Hwy, Nairobi, Kenya +254-796104111
Cuisine: Ethiopian, African, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Restaurant & lounge offering Ethiopian cuisine with vegetable and bean dishes like beets, chickpeas, split peas, fava beans, and collard greens which are suitable for vegans.
12.Stack and Squeeze
Lavington Green Shopping Centre, Nairobi, Kenya +254-718445733
Now Open: Mon-Sat 8:00am-8:00pm
Cuisine: Lacto, Western, Juice bar, Take-out, European, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Western style cafe offering sandwiches, salads, juice and smoothie bar. Has a ‘veggy’ section on the menu with several marked vegan options, including wraps/sandwiches with bbq sweet potato and coleslaw, hummus, roasted bell pepper, and/or eggplant. Choose from white, wholemeal, or multi-grain sandwich bread. Order comes with salad or paprika fries.
320 Ngong Rd Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
Now Open: Tue-Sat 8:00am-10:00pm, Sun 8:00am-9:30pm
Cuisine: International, Organic, Juice bar, Take-out, Gluten-free, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers a wide range of modern food to suit most people. Has a vegetarian
menu with some vegan dishes. All organic produce used.
904 James Gichuru Rd, Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya
Now Open: Tue 9:00am-5:00pm, Wed-Sat 9:00am-9:00pm, Sun 9:00am-5:00pm
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Asian, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. The Arbor is a restaurant in a garden setting with a marketplace focusing on Asian and continental cuisine
15. Zen Garden
Lower Kabete Road (at Ngecha Road), Nairobi, Kenya
+2548034445 Now Open: Mon-Sun 12:00pm-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Cuisine: Chinese, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Delivery, Fusion, Pan Asian, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Upscale restaurant featuring Pan Asian cuisine and sushi. Menu marks the veg-suitable dishes with a ‘v.’ Evening is Chinese fusion menu with veggie choices include lettuce wrap, Manchurian veggie main, and others.
Happy healthier festive season to all❤❤