What Is the Vegan Diet?

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Curious minds want to know:  What is the vegan diet and how on earth did it come about?  Well, I researched and here it goes…The Vegan Society founder and first editor to The Vegan News, Donald Watson back in 1944, gave the official definition of Veganism (well his wife Dorothy did, but you know how that goes). He said: “Veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals for food, clothing and any other purpose.” 

This means that vegans do not eat cows, pigs, chicken, fish, and other such animals, as well as broths, sauces, and gravies made from them. In contrast, vegans often avoid eating certain animal products like dairy, butter, cheese, eggs, and honey.

Avoiding these products can be challenging, but there are vegan substitutes for animal products.  Instead of cow milk, there’s plant-based milk, which if you are ready for this lifestyle you’ll find these milks taste delish and go well in many vegan recipes.  I love almond milk and you can find it in your local grocery store or if you are willing you can make your own.  Recipes can be found on the internet or on YouTube.  Available even at your local Walmart is Earth Balance, which makes a plant-based buttery spread.  Check out www.EarthBalanceNatural.com for more details.

Many foods such as Jell-O contain gelatin, a material made from ground cow or horse hooves, and vegans often resist them, as well as other animal products such as glycerin, whey, and casein that creeps into a variety of food items.  So, if you are choosing this lifestyle, you may want to avoid this animal by-product all together.  Glycerin can be found in many health and beauty products, so read your labels carefully.

If Mr. Watson says that vegans avoid products that are used for clothes, he suggests that vegans choose not to wear leather, cotton, suede, fur, and wool, all animals-made materials.  Are you still up for the challenge?  I know it’s hard, but that’s why you and I are transitioning for the better.

Other forms of animal use include circuses, rodeos, and zoos, where animals are used for human entertainment to the detriment of personal freedom. Mind-blowing right?  It’s not surprising vegans also choose to avoid these.  

Veganism is characterized as a way of life that aims to exclude all forms of animal suffering and cruelty, whether for meat, clothing, or any other purpose.

For these factors, all animal products, including poultry, eggs, and dairy, are free of vegan diets.

For various reasons, people choose to adopt a vegan diet.

They typically range from morality to environmental concerns, but they may also be the product of a desire to improve health.  Why not give it a try?

Different Types of Vegan Diets

(In other words, how vegan do you want to be?)

There are different varieties of vegan diets. The most common include:

  • Full-food vegan diet: a diet based on a wide array of whole plant foods, including bananas, beans, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
  • Vegan raw food diet: a vegan diet based on raw fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds or plant foods cooked at temperatures below 48 ° C (118 ° F).
  • Eighty/Ten/Ten: The Eighty/Ten/Ten diet is a vegan raw food diet that limits fat-rich plants like nuts and avocados and relies primarily on raw fruits and soft greens. Often referred to as a vegan diet or fruit diet low-fat, raw food.
  • Starch solution: a low-fat, high-carb vegan diet like 80/10/10 but relying instead of fruit on cooked starches such as potatoes, rice, and corn.
  • Organic up to 4: low-fat vegan diet inspired by 80/10/10 solution and starch. Whole ingredients are eaten for dinner before 4 p.m., with the option of a prepared plant-based meal.
  • A balanced diet: a healthy diet is a vegetarian raw-food diet. Followers eat whole plant-based foods at low temperatures that are raw and minimally fried.
  • Junk food vegan diet: vegan diet without organic plant foods heavily dependent on imitation meats and cheeses, burgers, vegan desserts, and other heavily processed vegan foods.

So, ask yourself, how vegan do you want to be?  The journey is yours.  Transition into this lifestyle at your own pace.  No one can judge you for trying to better your health.

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