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?
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.
Take a vegan challenge
Challenge yourself vegan:
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.