The Vegan Lifestyle: It’s not just for hippies, presidents, and celebrities!
The word “vegan” is most often associated with a healthy, plant-based diet that is said to reduce the risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other health issues resulting from a standard diet of animal products and processed foods containing too much salt, sugar, fat, and cholesterol and not enough vital, life-giving nutrients. There is much more, however, to a vegan lifestyle than a healthy diet.
A person living a vegan lifestyle intends to cause the least harm possible to all living beings, including themselves. “Vegans” do their best to make choices that do not directly, or indirectly, contribute to their own ill health, or to the cruelty, enslavement, theft, or exploitation of other animals.
A vegan diet includes fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, greens, grains, and grasses.
It does NOT include animal products or byproducts, such as flesh, organs, eggs, or breast milk.
But, don’t worry! The vegans have got you covered 🙂 There are plenty of delicious alternatives to dairy cheese, ice cream, yogurt, eggs, and gelatin. And the ingredients are much more appetizing than animal-based versions made with bodily secretions, gut enzymes, skin, cartilage, ligaments, and bones belonging to another living being. Finding the perfect vegan alternatives can take a bit of trial and error, but it’s well worth the effort!
Dedicated vegans also do not purchase products that exploit or harm animal lives by taking their body parts, such as wool, hair, feathers, or skin processed into leather that are used in making some furniture, vehicle interiors, clothing, and bedding.
They also modify their purchasing choices when they become aware of less obvious exploitation, such as corporations that use “sweat shops” to produce their products, exploit non-english speaking or illegal residents, or expose their employees to the unavoidable horrific conditions, as exists in factory farms, slaughter houses, and meat packing factories.
Aside from considering personal health, animal cruelty, and human exploitation, some choose the vegan lifestyle as a form of environmental activism. By simply choosing a lifestyle that does not rely on or contribute to animal agriculture, you help to conserve water, ease pollution, preserve ocean life and wildlife, and help to end the destruction of the rain forests, human hunger, and the needless suffering of both humans and animals.
This may sound overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. I can gently and lovingly guide you one step at a time through simple changes that will make a positive difference in all of these areas! Many people are interested in living vegan, but are afraid to let go of what’s familiar, or simply just don’t know how to get started. I have 30 years of experience as a vegetarian and have spent 15 years living a vegan lifestyle. Let me help you start making a difference, in your own life and the world, today!
If learning how to design and adopt a vegan life-style sounds like something you would be interested in learning more about, please contact me for a consultation!
*I am not a registered dietitian or health care professional and do not give dietary advice regarding specific illnesses. I can, however, encourage you to add more fresh, whole foods into your diet and remove animal products from your lifestyle while providing guidance, support, accountability, and celebration along the way!