A guide on why and how to go vegan!
What does Vegan Mean?
Being vegan means you do not eat, use or wear animals or things that come from animals.
This means you don’t consume anything that was an animal or part of an animal (lamb chops, bacon, steak, chicken, fish, etc) or that came from an animal (eggs, milk, honey etc).
You don’t wear animal skin, fur or that's made by animals. No leather, fur, down, wool or silk.
Vegans don’t purchase products that have been tested on animals. Look for products with the cruelty-free logo.
They don’t support the exploitation of animals in any form. Including animals used for things such as circuses, horse riding, bull riding, aquariums, animal theme parks or zoos.
Being vegan isn’t just about diet, its a lifestyle. It’s not a belief, view or opinion, it is a moral baseline. An ethical imperative. Veganism isn’t something you just do on a Monday or until 4 pm, it’s all day every day. It’s a stand against animal abuse, use and slaughter.
Why Go Vegan?
For the animals – “You buy, they die”. Every time you buy milk, dairy, eggs, animal flesh, leather honey or anything that comes or is made from animals you are hurting animals. By choosing to live a vegan lifestyle you save the lives of animals. When you go vegan, you stop supporting the exploitation and suffering of innocent animals. Animals are sentient beings just like us with the ability to feel pain, happiness and sadness. They should not be treated as property.
For your health – A well planned vegan diet is rich in protein, calcium, iron and other essential vitamins and minerals. Vegan foods are low in saturated fat, high in fibre and packed with antioxidants. Studies have shown that meat is carcinogenic and the growth hormones in cow’s milk accelerate tumour growth. A vegan diet has been known to cure or reverse cancer, heart disease, eczema, chronic migraines, stomach issues and more. The best thing we can do for our health is to go vegan!
For people – All of the food that’s fed to animals in animal agriculture could be used to feed the millions of starving people in the world. There are 7 billion people on earth and we are growing enough food to feed 10 billion. 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by western countries.
For the environment – Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction. It’s predicted that in 2048 there will be fishless oceans. “Becoming vegan is the most important and direct change we can immediately make to save this planet and it’s species”.
Watch these informational videos:
Click HERE to watch. The link will take you to a playlist I created on YouTube with informational and helpful videos.
You don’t have to watch them all in one sitting. I didn’t but I found that the more information I learned about veganism the more I wanted to learn. Knowledge is power!
Others videos I highly recommend watching. Click on the titles below to watch:
What Vegans Eat:
Eating vegan consists of eating plant-derived foods. Vegetables, fruit, seeds, nuts and legumes. And things created from plant foods like vegan milk, cheese, egg, burgers and more!
You don’t have to eat strictly whole foods (unprocessed/unrefined) if you don’t want to. There are so many vegan brands with yummy goodies waiting for you to buy it or you can come up with your own creations!
There is a vegan alternative for everything. Go give it a try. If you don’t like it the first time then that’s okay! Just give it another chance. Our taste buds are always changing. I use to dislike so many different types of foods but now I love them and I’m glad I gave them another chance.
You can enjoy VEGAN schnitzel, burger patties, hot dogs, sausages, bacon, sour cream, chocolate, cheese, lollies, chips, condiments, chocolate milk, iced coffee, butter and so much more! There is a vegan alternative to everything and it’s cruelty-free! See the pictures below for inspiration and don’t forget to check out the Instagram accounts too.
I have a saved highlight on my Instagram profile with lots of yummy food idea @elourawild
These days it’s very easy to do a quick internet search or even looking on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook for vegan recipes.
“Peace begins at the dinner table with what we put in our bodies on a daily basis”.
Pinterest and YouTube are a great tool to find vegan recipes. Type what you’re looking for into the search bar.
Download The Fussy Vegan app onto your phone. You can type product names into the app or scan the barcode to find out if it's vegan or not. They also have a travelling app & vegan fast food app! Click HERE for info.
Subway, Domino’s, Crust, Hungry Jacks and so many other mainstream takeaway shops also have vegan options.
There are so many products at your local supermarket/shops that are vegan & accidentally vegan. You can do a Google search “accidentally vegan at [type store name]” or use The Fussy Vegan app.
Follow like-minded Instagram accounts (see below) or use popular hashtags like #whatveganseat #veganfood #vegansofIG
If you’re looking for vegan cafes and restaurants close by then check out HappyCow.net
Number one tip: Don’t assume something won’t be vegan. You’ll be so surprised at the number of options there are Be sure to always read labels.
Good luck with your vegan journey! You’re doing a great thing for the animals by choosing vegan.
Thank you for reading!