Veganism Explained

Among our members there are some who became vegan years ago, some who are transitioning, and some who are new and curious about the concept.. so we decided to dedicate a session to the topic..


WHAT IS VEGANISM?

Simply put, veganism is abstinence from the use of animal products in both diet and lifestyle.

A great explanation of ethical veganism comes from the International Vegetarian Union: “Veganism may be defined as a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. In dietary terms, it refers to the practice of dispensing with all animal produce, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, animal milks, honey, and their derivatives.”



WHAT DO VEGANS EAT?

There are so many amazing [and seriously delicious] vegan foods out there, you may be surprised by just how many options there are! Here’s just a few examples of some of the foods vegans eat:


  • Every type of fruit: apples, oranges, berries, mangoes, pineapple, grapes, papaya

  • Every type of vegetable: asparagus, kale, broccoli, carrots, celery, zucchini, spinach

  • Nuts and seeds: almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, almond butter

  • Carbohydrates: potatoes, pasta, bread, bagels, pitas, wraps, rice, quinoabeans and legumes: tofu, edamame, hummus, black beans, chickpeas, lentils

  • Non-dairy milks: coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, hemp milk, oat milk

  • Chocolate: many varieties of dark chocolate as well as non-dairy milk chocolates made from coconut, soy, or rice milk

  • Junk food: fries, onion rings, chips, cookies, cake, candy (check the ingredients, many of these products are only incidentally vegan)

  • Dairy alternatives: coconut ice cream, almond and coconut yogurt, coffee creamers, vegan cheese and cream cheese, vegan butter

  • Meat alternatives: tempeh bacon, veggie burgers, deli sandwich slices, vegan sausages, holiday roasts


OK, BUT WHY WOULD YOU EVEN CONSIDER TO CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE?


  • Physical health. The first and most notorious reason of many going vegan is that the body seems to regenerate itself.. from losing weight to fixing hormonal imbalances and curing many [many] diseases.

  • Mental health including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, generalized anxiety, and eating disorders are some of the many mental benefits we can fix and prevent when changing our diet lifestyle.

  • Spiritual connection. Some suggest that when we eat animal products, we eat the negative vibrations of an animal which suffered, or died a terrifying and painful death. Others point out that in the case of meat, hormones such as adrenaline may still be present in the fle