We have been getting questions from friends lately about our vegan lifestyle, some curious and some concerned. We wanted to have a place where we could share the answers to these questions in a format that was easy to share and digest. Writing this post has now turned into a series of posts! We will be posting from this series once a week for as long as it takes, so if you know anyone that may benefit, please have them subscribe. We aren’t experts, scientists, medical doctors, or gurus, so please don’t trust us as such, but trust our sources who are experts, scientists, and medical doctors. We will do our best at researching accurately and citing sources for you to follow-up on.
What is a vegan?
There are many nuanced definitions of what it means to be vegan, but here is the definition we live by: A plant-based diet. No consumption or use of anything derived in whole, or in part, from an animal. The majority of foods that meet this definition are meat (yes, fish is a meat), dairy, eggs, and honey. For us, this is more than a diet, it’s a lifestyle. And o the seasoned vegans out there, we do know this would extend to a list of products too long to list here including white sugar, some cosmetics, wool, etc.
How we became vegan.
We’ll post more on this another time, but we wanted to name some resources that were instrumental in our journey to becoming vegan. These aren’t all the resources we consumed, but are a great way for anyone wanting to learn more:
- Food Inc – This film got us thinking about the food industry, in general, and how our food choices matter. (A non-vegan resource)
- Forks Over Knives – A documentary that introduced us to the vast health benefits of a plant-based diet and the detrimental effects of eating animal products.
- Eating Animals – This book was our tipping point. A fairly complete look at the ethics of eating animals and factory farming. Jonathan Safran Foer also helped us understand the environmental impacts of eating animal products and the social/family impact of going vegan.
Why we are vegan.
Simply put, it’s evidence, compassion, and responsibility. When we opened our minds to the body of medical evidence, environmental evidence, and the moral and ethical realities of the animal industry, we were changed. The evidence led us to have compassion for our bodies, animals, and the environment. Between what we had learned and what we felt, we knew we had a responsibility to change our lives. After being fully vegan for a year now, we feel responsible to share what we are learning with others.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be covering a variety of topics. These include: The health benefits of going vegan, the environmental impact of our food choices, the moral and ethical issues surrounding the animal industry, answering common misconceptions of veganism, things that keep us from going vegan, and the difficulties of being vegan. We hope this series will empower you to make informed lifestyle choices. If you have questions or topics you’d like covered, email them to email@example.com. Stay tuned as Vegan 101 continues!