Many people correlate vegan as a diet. But being vegan is more of a lifestyle choice and a philosophy than a diet.
What is Veganism? According to Wikipedia, It's the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.
In other words, veganism is a lifestyle choice and a belief that one should not eat any meat, dairy, eggs, honey or anything that is an animal or contains animal by-products. The same as your lifestyle choices like what you wear and your everyday products. Being vegan means you are the person that follows a veganism lifestyle. Kapish? Comprende? YAY!
Okay so now that you understand what being vegan means lets discuss what a vegetarian is! Hahaha
Being a vegetarian simply means restricting from the consumption of any meat (red meat, poultry, seafood and the flesh of any other animal) and any by-products of animal slaughter.
Vegetarians still have the option of consuming dairy products including eggs.
Why become vegan you may ask? There are a million reasons why everyone on earth should be vegan, but I will only share a few!
Did you know that the meat, dairy, egg industry slaughter over 9 BILLION animals each year?
In 2010 the UN reported that a global shift towards a vegan diet would be vital to saving the world from hunger, fuel poverty and global warming.
There is an increased risk of breast cancer and fatal ovarian cancer for women who consume meat & eggs 3 or more times a week,
There is also an increased risk of prostate cancer and heart attack risk for men who eat meat on a daily basis.
Why sometimes you have friends who tell you they have anxiety feelings in their chest, headaches or have stomach issues.
Head over to the Vegan Facts tab and learn about more vegan facts!
Many individuals convert to a vegan lifestyle to prevent animal cruelty, for health reasons, to tap into a higher spiritual dimension or simply to follow a cool trend...
Whatever your reason is, it is important to do it right! Many of my friends have tried being vegan for a week or two and then gave up for lack of knowledge, where to shop, what to buy, or didn't know how to cook.
After I led some of my close friends into a vegan lifestyle, I am happy to state that most of them are still vegan! YAY!!! (Clapping hands)
That is why I have such a passion for sharing what has worked for me! GirlieVegan will show you how to be smart, cute, sassy, fun, cool, spiritual and lovable all while being VEGAN!!! ;)
GirlieVegans Do It Better!!!
Love and light,
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