Veganism For Dummies: Things You Need To Know
To break it down for you (if you don’t know, now ya know) the Vegan society defined veganism as, “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.” For those of you who are a self diagnosed addict to Instagram like myself, I increasingly find myself wondering why so many young women are “going vegan”. It’s like yeah… that fruit salad looks like a frickin masterpiece, and I would absolutely love for my life to look as put together as that bowl of açaí, bananas, and strawberries, but let’s be real here – I will never be able to give up my over priced tuna tartare or cheap bratwurst with extra mustard and grilled bell peppers.
Checkout these pros and cons of being a Vegan, so you can make the decision for yourself.
H2o and Animals!!: To put it simply, livestock are to blame for a lot of water pollution, which ends up wasting water and putting strain on a lot of water purification companies. Pretty much everything that has to do with livestock puts us humans and our environment at risk; animal waste, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and fertilizers (in livestock food), chemicals from tanneries and other types of byproducts pollute our water. As we all know, Vegans are strictly against eating or using any type animal product or byproduct, so by choosing not to indulge in your Tbell chicken quesadilla and by foregoing buying that $600 ALLSAINTS leather jacket you can save the environment, your beer belly and your wallet too (which is faux leather of course).
Trendiness: A vegan diet consists of a surplus and variety of colorful fruits and vegetables that almost beg to be showcased on twitter, facebook, your very own blog, or my personal fav insta. The beautiful colors of common vegan dishes give off a vibrant, welcoming, and warm vibe that add color to your day, diet, and even your fav social media account. Well-known vegan bloggers have perfected taking photos of their overflowing bowls of vegan goodness.
Antioxidants: Since vegans eat mostly veggies, fruits, legumes, and grains, it’s pretty much guaranteed that they’ll have plenty of antioxidants in all of their meals. From gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, to delicious quinoa with mushrooms and curry, to fresh fruit bowls, it’s easy to be antioxidant fueled. Check out these amazing recipes from the “50 Shades of Green” blog!!
Let’s talk vitamin B12. B12 is found in meat, fish, and dairy products, all of which (as we already know) are strictly banned from vegan diets. B12 is essential for brain, nerve, and blood cell functioning and development. It is VERY important for vegans to take B12 supplements, as there is sufficient evidence that the vast majority of people who live a vegan lifestyle are lacking in this super important vitamin. It’s been said a million times before but just to really hammer it in, no matter what your diet consists of its important to manage and maintain a healthy intake of vitamins and nutrients.
Now lets talk Omega-3 fatty acids. These babies are mostly found in fatty fish and nut oils. Omega-3’s are necessary for proper brain function, health, and development. So if you’re a vegan, and you choose to opt out of that Taco Tuesday ceviche, then make sure you’ve got a supplement handy to keep your brain and bod healthy after those delish margaritas.
Sticking to Your Vegan Ways: If push came to shove, I would probably sell one of my kidneys for someone to hypnotize me and tell me to NEVER again indulge in an order of In N Out animal fries on a Saturday night at 1am because “Their special sauce is really good for me”. Unfortunately this probably isn’t the most conventional route for sticking to a diet, or in this case, veganism. Fortunately for you, I found a great post on willpower and how exercising it should be a daily task especially when sticking to a vegan diet.