Everything You Need To Know About Going Vegan

Questions Vegans Are Tired Of Answering

Many people have heard of the concept of veganism, but many people are unaware of what veganism is and all the benefits that go along with becoming a vegan. In short, veganism is a philosophy and 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; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals. Veganism is more than a diet, it is a lifestyle. Vegan's refrain from consuming animal products, such as dairy, meat, and honey. They also avoid using products that contain animal products, such as leather. Although this video is funny and many vegans can relate to the constant questioning, it's correct in that many people simply do not know about veganism or understand what exactly being vegan is like. If you are curious about going vegan or would simply like to know more about veganism, then this is the website for you!

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Quick Facts About Veganism

Number of Vegans in the U.S About 7.5 million
Origin of The Term Coined in 1944 by Donald Watson when he co-founded the Vegan Society
Number of Animals Killed in the U.S. for Meat Per Hour 500,000
Vegan Cookbooks The first vegan cookbooks came about in the mid 1800s
Vegan's save water Vegans, on average, use 600 less gallons of water per day to sustain their diets than meat-eaters do
Celebrities are doing it too! Ellen DeGeneres, Carrie Underwood, Beyonce and Jay-Z!

It Can Seem Overwhelming At First....

Many people are so used to eating meat and consuming other animal products that the idea of removing all of them from their diet can be very overwhelming. However, it is completely possible to make the change and it's not as difficult as some people imagine it to be. There are so many options to choose from, and many vegan products are made to simulate classic favorites such as cheese, ice cream, meat products, etc. This often makes the transition easier for people who are craving food from their previous routine. Some people find it easier to make the transition slowly, cutting things out of their diet one at a time. While others find it easier to simply start all at once, or "cold turkey" as they say. Regardless of how you decide to go vegan or even try vegan foods before committing to the lifestyle, there are so many resources available to help you and make the process as easy and fun as possible! To get started planning your vegan diet visit Peta's two week vegan meal plan for new vegans!

Vegan V Symbol
The Vegan Symbol


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Basic facts and other information retrieved from www.vegansociety.com, peta.org, and Wikipedia.