Veganism defined

Veganism is simply respecting animals.

The word ‘vegan’ was coined in 1944 in the UK by Donald Watson.  Vegans extend the concept of a vegetarian diet to refer to a diet and lifestyle that respects animals as their own beings, with their own inherent rights, not as the property of others, and avoids use of all products based on animal exploitation.

Veganism is “a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.” (The Vegan Society, United Kingdom)

Why choose vegan?

For animals – raising and killing animals for food is harmful and cruel, even on modern Australian farms.  Animals have the right to their own lives, milk, skin, wool, fur, and way of life.

For health – a balanced vegan diet has been shown to be healthy   at every stage of the life cycle

For sustainability – even the United Nations agrees a vegan diet is instrumental in controlling harmful climate change

For a fairer world – vegansim helps address many inequities between people, too

For ethics – because it’s a just a fair way to live – for animals, for the planet, for other people, even for your own health and well-being.

How to go vegan

Whatever way works best for you!  Some people go vegan overnight – for others a slower approach is more effective.  The important thing is knowing where you are heading and why, and then figure out the best way to get there for you.

Some people try making one meal a day vegan for the first week, then add vegan snacks, another meal, till all meals are cruelty free.  You could making two vegan dinners the first week, three the second week, then five, then all seven.  Or start by making every second day vegan. Some people cut out one type of animal-exploiting foods at a time – maybe start with animal milk, then drop fish, chickens, eggs, pigs, sheep and cows.

Next time you shop for household products, look for vegan optionslike commonly available Natures Organics.

Take a vegan challenge

Challenge yourself vegan:

Eating vegan

There are hundreds of sites and channels for Easy vegan meals

Vegans with a sweet tooth enjoy an abundance of sweet treats

There is plenty for the  Vegan Gourmet

Supermarkets are full of vegan products

Great vegan options when eating out : sumptuous veggie burgers, tacos, felafels, bruschetta, veggie soups, curries, cashew stir fry, sorbets, fruit compotes.  Lots of meals can be easily ‘veganised’ like a grilled breakfast with mushrooms, avocadoes, spinach and tomato.

Try out one of many vegan resturants

Is vegan healthy?

A balanced vegan diet healthy been shown to be healthy at every stage of the life cycle

A balanced vegan diet has more than enough protein