It's pretty hard to contest the health and environmental benefits of a veggie-heavy diet. And although everyone is bound to have their own unique eating habits, vegetarianism and veganism have picked up some serious traction lately. We asked seven leaders in the wellness world about the moment they realized that a meatless life was the life for them. Here are their stories:
Renée Loux, Chef and Author
I became a vegetarian at 14 years old, largely for moral reasons. But frankly, I also realized it was a great way to rebel. I recognized that I could make my views known multiple times a day through my actions.
I became vegan a few years later for similar reasons, though as I went on to study nutrition and environmental science, my conviction to eat plants instead of animals was strengthened by a much more comprehensive understanding of the impact of our diet. Namely, that several of the leading causes of death in the U.S. are directly diet-related; that many of the worst chemicals on the planet travel up the food chain and concentrate in animal products; and, perhaps most significantly, that there might be no single human activity that has a bigger impact on the planet than raising livestock.