While developing and writing for my website over the nearly last two years, I have come to understand that veganism is not a lifestyle, a belief, a fad, a diet, a personal choice or any of the labels used to describe a way of living and being that many still think of as extreme. This way of living and being on this earth is born of the horrific and undeniable facts surrounding our cruel meat eating cultures that have fostered all of our death for profit industries. Veganism is, in effect, a universal truth which decries the exploitation of other beings for our wants, not needs. This exploitation takes many forms, all of which are justified by those who, for the almighty dollar, enslave and or capture, abuse and mutilate, forcibly breed and genetically alter, rip babies from their mothers, and ultimately murder these innocent beings. Turning away, pleading ignorance and continuing to pay for these cruel and unnecessary products is complicit and unacceptable – another undeniable truth.
Now, here is something I have come to believe over the last nearly two years. Banding together and speaking as one voice with different approaches will give the truth the backing it needs to grow exponentially and to become everyone’s own personal heaven here on this earth. To this end, I encourage fellow vegans and animal rights advocates and bloggers to contribute on my website. To date, I have featured two contributors whose illuminating posts have proven to be very popular.
Recently I answered a general invitation by Tommy Vaznelis to contribute to a new vegan website which was under development at the time. As a result, I am delighted to say that an article from my website has been published on this up and upcoming site, VeganMuch. Because the exchange of knowledge and approach is a two way street, I am happy to feature an article about veganism and healthy living written by one of the creators of VeganMuch.
Don’t Replace Animal Products with Junk Food
Going vegan is already a great step forward to improving your health, but first and foremost, to help the animals and help this planet to become a better place for humanity and other living beings and to be more peaceful. So, kudos to you for choosing a vegan diet and lifestyle no matter what kind of vegan you are.
The Junk Food Vegan
A junk food vegan is a vegan who regularly consumes highly processed foods like fake meats, cheeses, other substitutes for dairy, vegan cookies and so on.
Did you know that the famous Oreo biscuits are vegan? And there are many more junk foods on the market that are accidently or not, vegan. Plus, there are all the other delicious junk foods that are already labeled as vegan.
Although these foods can be a great start for people who can’t give up their meat, eggs and dairy products, they shouldn’t be a part of your daily diet. Vegan diet is healthy because of the big amount of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes that you should be consuming as the biggest part of your diet. They will provide you with all the nutrition you need, all the vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and protein.
But the good news is that you don’t need to give up your favorite junk food, vegan or non-vegan. Basically, every recipe in this world you can veganize and even better make it a healthy plant based recipe. It does take more time to prepare it than to just grab it in the store but hey, your health is worth it!
And by the way, eating a healthy whole foods plant based diet is not as expensive as many people think. Expensive is to buy all the meat and dairy substitutes and processed vegan foods. I mean, what is cheaper than rice, potatoes, beans, greens and seasonal fruits?
Be the healthy example!
As vegans we should be examples for other people to get inspired and motivated to try a vegan lifestyle. Unfortunately, many people are attracted to veganism as a diet, to lose weight, or cure certain health condition and not so much for the ethical reasons. Because of that, we need to be the shiny healthy example. And the best health comes from whole plant foods.
Think about any food that you consider unhealthy and that you love. Pizza, burgers, fries, ice cream, deserts etc. Well, you can convert all of them into healthy vegan recipes. Just ditch the oils, sugars, meat and dairy substitutes, and use fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and get creative!
Annie’s Vegan View
Beliefs based on traditions, conditioning and the best information we have at that moment, can change and become more in alignment with our morals and values.
Be open to changing your beliefs, especially if they are harming others.
Welcome collaboration with fellow vegans and advocates, raising one united voice for those who cannot secure their own freedom.
May all beings be happy and free.