Vegan diet and lifestyle
Veganism incorporates the aspects of diet and lifestyle. Below are the products and activities to keep off as a vegan.
- Animal foods; Meat, fish, dairy products, poultry, eggs, honey, and insects.
- Animal products; fur, wool, silk, suede, and leather.
- Make-up beauty products with animal products; Collagen, beeswax, glycerin, lanolin, shellac, and keratin.
- Human entertainment places that use animals against their own will. Bull fighting, dog fighting, circuses, rodeos, horse racing, zoos, and aquariums.
- Domestication of animals. Dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, snakes, fishes, and birds go against the vegan lifestyle. It makes animals be dependent on humans for every important thing in their life.
Humans decide how the animals will live, eat, mingle with their own species, killed, sold or donated. These factors enslave animals and cause them more harm than good.
- Not forgetting medicine and household cleaners tested on animals.
Difference between Vegetarian and Veganism
A lot of people confuse the vegetarian diet with veganism and there's a difference. Vegetarian diets keep away from fish and meat but allow dairy products and eggs. While veganism completely cuts off all animal products.
What do vegans eat?
This is a frequent question when it comes to veganism. A vegan diet is inexhaustible. This is because it has all nuts, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes. All these make great food combinations.
It's assuring to know that vegan versions of well-known foods are available. Sauces, vegan hot dogs, veggie burgers, ice cream, non-dairy yogurt, pizzas, and pasties.
For fruits and vegetables;
Fruits- pears, watermelon, bananas, oranges, berries, mangoes, apples, pineapples, peaches, tomatoes and avocados.
Vegetables-lettuce, kale, spinach, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, celery, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus.
- Soy products - Soybeans and Tofu (bean curd)
- Dried beans - Lentils, red kidney beans and chickpeas.
- Fresh peas and beans - snow peas, green peas, butter beans and green beans.
- Rice, potatoes, pasta, bread, and bagels.
Nuts and Seeds;
- Nuts - Almond, peanuts(groundnuts), macadamia, cashew nuts, hazelnuts, and walnuts.
- Seeds - Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds and sesame seeds.
- Soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk, almond milk, oat milk, quinoa milk, and macadamia milk.
Dairy and meat substitutes;
- Dairy substitutes - coconut ice cream and yogurt, vegan cheese and vegan butter.
- Meat substitutes-mushrooms, vegan sausages, tofu, tempeh, jackfruit, gluten-free vegan meat, and seitan.
Why adopt a Vegan lifestyle
- Adopting a Vegan lifestyle may be as a result of the following reasons;
- Health reasons- A vegan diet associates with lower rates of heart diseases. Also low levels of cholesterol, blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
- Animal equality - a vegan lifestyle ensures animal protection from harm or death. This make them live in freedom. Animal equality objects the idea of acquiring animals, misusing and disposing them anytime.
- Veganism reduces pollution in the land, water and air. Industrial agricultural farms use sprayed herbicides and pesticides to grow animal feeds. These chemicals destroy the topsoil. Later on they get absorbed by nearby water bodies and pollutes the ecological system.
How to become a Vegan
The road starts with making dietary choices. This is because the biggest percentage of animal exploitation lies in food production. Adhere to have a balanced diet. Eat proteins, vitamins, and minerals on a daily basis.
For some people it's an easy task to switch from animal foods diet to a vegan diet. Some take the gradual change in that they first become vegetarians and vegans later. There's no one right path to follow and you don't have to strain your body. Follow the path that you feel works for you.