What is a Vegan?

Vegans are health and socially conscious individuals who come in all shapes, sizes, cultures, and colors. What unites us is our constant vigilance to practicing a way of life that doesn’t harm or exploit animals. This includes eating beef, poultry, pork, fish, game, shellfish, eggs, dairy, gelatin, honey, and so on, as well as what we wear and use in our daily lives. What we practice is called Veganism.

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Definition of Veganism

Courtesy of https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/definition-veganism

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

What do Vegans eat?

Vegans find a well-balanced diet through creative ways, nourishing themselves without supporting animal slaughter and/or abuse. Vegan diets generally include legumes, fruits, vegetables, soy, meat alternatives, nuts, seeds, and the like, all nourishing vegans while simultaneously allowing them to lead animal cruelty-free existences.


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Why do people chose to be Vegans?

While vegans generally have their own individual motivations for initially partaking in this lifestyle, the vast majority live this way in support of animal rights. As such, vegans typically carry their support of animal rights further than just dietary restrictions. Most will not wear leather, fur, wool, or use any other product whose production involves animal slaughter, cruelty, or the like. Whether you’re a vegan because of animal rights, your health, or just because you wanted to try it, the vegan community is open, friendly, and happy to help any new vegans.

Over recent years, as more and more evidence of factory farm animal cruelty surfaces, droves of people have turned to the vegan lifestyle. From specialty food stores, clothing brands, skincare products, and so on, there are so many companies popping up now that make living vegan easier than ever.

 Is Veganism expensive?

Just because vegans don’t eat $1 cheeseburgers at McDonald’s or the manager’s special discount meat at the grocer doesn’t mean we’re spending more money on our food. In fact, many of the mainstays of the vegan diet are cheaper than meats. Find out more information here, as well as recipes in our recipe’s page.

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