The Basics: What is “Vegan”?

Many of you reading this blog might be new to veganism. Being “vegan” means you do not eat or use any animal products. This includes meat (including fish), dairy (milk, cream, yogurt, ice cream, butter, whey, etc.), eggs, and honey. Vegans also don’t wear leather, wool, cashmere, and other animal byproducts.

However, there are still SO MANY foods you can eat as a vegan. Flavorful and sweet fruits, delicious and savory vegetables, crunchy nuts and seeds, good fats (like avocados and peanut butter), and lots and lots of delicious vegan desserts! And yes, vegans can still eat chocolate!

People choose to go vegan for various reasons. They choose veganism so they can eat healthier, help the environment, save animals (being vegan saves almost 200 animals a year!), and more. Some people eat a vegan diet because they don’t feel right about eating animals.IMG_0945

I first became vegan to eat a healthier and more vibrant diet. Being vegan has helped me to incorporate many more fruits and veggies into my diet. It has also prompted me to try new foods like chia seeds, coconut oil, flax seeds, mangoes, kale, and artichokes (to name a few). However, NOW I am vegan because I love vegan food, I think the food is better for my body, eating vegan saves the environment, and I am vegan for all of the cute animals of the Earth!


My Vegan Story

I first learned about veganism six years ago, when a local woman created a vegan 28 day detox. I was intrigued, and convinced my family to try it out with me. The first day, we had absolutely no idea what the heck we were doing. We made green smoothies in the morning, salad for lunch, and salad for dinner. Needless to say, my little brother dropped out after the first day. As the days went by, though, we learned more and more about what we could eat and we found great recipes! I loved doing the detox! I felt great eating vegan food, and the detox prompted me to eat more fruit and vegetables!

After the detox, I went back to eating meat and dairy… but it just didn’t taste the same. I didn’t enjoy eating meat anymore. I was (and still am!) revolted by it! So a few weeks after putting meat back into my diet, I took it back out again. For good. A few months later, I did the same thing with dairy. And then I became vegan for good! My friends thought I was crazy (and some still think I am) for not eating meat or dairy. However, some have enjoyed my veganism as they get to taste test the food I make.

Back to the detox: without it, I wouldn’t be vegan. The detox was a catalyst for a drastic change in my lifestyle! I am so thankful for it! I would recommend a detox-like approach to anyone interested in becoming vegan. Start off incorporating more wholesome foods into your diet (like fruit and vegetables), and wean off non-vegan foods (meat and dairy). For example, if you eat meat twice a day, start eating it once a day and continue until you are eating no meat at all. However, going cold-turkey (or cold tofu in this case?) works too! You can transition however you’d like. The main advice I have on this subject is to just try out a vegan or vegetarian diet. If you’re debating… just go for it, as it’s a fun way to try new foods!

Now I hope you know what veganism is, and some of the things vegans eat!

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