Going Vegan As A Lifestyle

Going Vegan As A Lifestyle

Many people, when hearing the term ‘vegetarian’, think only of one who doesn’t eat meat.  But being a true vegan, or vegetarianism, is so much more than just not eating meat.  It becomes a lifestyle choice.

From what you eat and what you wear to how you conduct your daily lives, in business and in pleasure.  A true vegan is described as one who does not eat meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs, or any other foods that contain animal by-products or animal derived ingredients.

Eating a plant base low fat diet is a healthy alternative to a meat diet. Utilizing the variety of plant foods available, vegetarians can easily fill the body’s nutritional needs.  In fact, often vegetarians are more aware of what the body needs in terms of nutrition simply because they know that if they remove such a large cross section of foods, such as meat and dairy, from their diet, the nutrients derived from animal foods, need to be replaced somehow.  So adequate research is needed to find the right kind of plant based foods to eat in order to fill all those daily requirements.  This may take time, but are lessons well learned.

For many vegans, it isn’t enough to just abstain from consuming animal products.  They encapsulate their whole lives to the premise of not being dependent animals for any of their daily needs.  This belief carries over into the clothes they wear, the products that they buy, the actions they take and how they raise their families.  One of the main concerns for vegans is the treatment of animals raised as food believing such treatment is unethical and harmful not only to the animals but to the humans who will eventually consume them.  From the way these animals are treated to the chemicals fed to fatten them, vegans show their disapproval.

A true vegan will support and carry out these beliefs by the shoes and clothing that they wear.  Whole industries have formed to provide vegans shoes and clothing made without any animal ingredients.  Faux leather, called pleather, is made from plastics and looks and feels like animal leather is used for shoes, purses, wallets and many other products as well as vinyl, microfiber and canvas.  Organic clothing is made from natural fibers such as cotton, jute, bamboo and hemp; it ‘breathes’ and is good for our health.   Although wool is a natural product, the treatment of sheep to obtain the wool is questionable and so therefore, wool is avoided.

Organic gardening also has its roots in vegetarianism.  The belief in growing food and plants to sustain and enhance life is foremost.  Paints, cleaners and garden products are also animal free.  With the ease of the internet, research is shared and one can find detailed list of product names that meet the criteria for vegans.

Vegan philosophy is simply stated – humans do not have the right to use animals for anything.  While some may argue over what is considered abuse, using animals or anything animal based as food or as an ingredient or test subject in products is considered exploitation.  While vegans strongly oppose all forms of such exploitation, their focus remains on “promoting ways of living free of animal products for the benefit of people, animals and the environment.”

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