It may seem surprising, but Australia is one of nations with the fastest growing vegan and plant-based populations. Although, like much of the Western world Australia is historically a rather meat-centric country, change is happening.
The city of Melbourne, in particular, is becoming a haven for vegans. Recognising the trend, more vegan restaurants and businesses are opening up, making it easier to be vegan and health conscious.
Over the past few years, support for the plant-based diet has even started to be covered by mainstream media.
But, there is still a ways to go before the majority of Australians realise the benefit of eating a diet based on whole, plant foods. Some skepticism continues to exist around the nutritional completeness of a vegan diet.
Many people continue to be hesitant to relinquish the idea that they need meat and animals products to be healthy.
Despite these widely-held views, it is reassuring to see interest steadily growing for a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle.
As education about plant-based nutrition becomes more wide-spread, mindsets are changing. People are beginning to understand that they don’t need meat to be healthy, in fact, quite the opposite.
Although many people are choosing a plant-based diet for health reasons, once they are aware of the benefits to the animals and the planet it can easier become more than just a diet.
Regardless of individual reasons behind moving to a more plant-based diet, the effect definitely has a positive impact.
As for health, the plant-based movement is also slowly gaining more traction among health and medical professionals as well. There are now a number of plant-based health practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.
But food isn’t all their is to being vegan or following a plant-based lifestyle.
If you, or someone you know is new to the vegan lifestyle, getting involved and attending local events is a great way to build community as well as asense of support.
Of course, finding vegan and vegan-friendly places to eat is also helpful. Plus, by supporting local vegan businesses, or even restaurants with only a few vegan items on the menu, you’re letting them know there’s a demand.
The more business owners are confident there is a market, the more likely they are to choose vegan and ethical options. And companies and businesses are taking note.
The more educated you become about various topics, the more informed your decisions can be. With this knowledge you can ultimately have a more positive effect on the world around you, including sharing what you know with others.
For this momentum to continue, be sure to encourage others in their choice to live a more vegan or plant-based life. Once they’ve taken that first step, often all you need to do is be there to support them.
Let’s keep this change happening in Australia!