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.
Where Do You Start?!
When it comes to the subject of plant based diets we always like to turn to our friends at the Vegan Society as they are a great font of knowledge with forums, fact sheets, recipes and help & advise to get you pointing in the right direction.
Typically, A vegan diet comprises of all kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans and pulses. There are literally thousands of recipes which incorporate these ingredients from Pizza to Cake and they really can be as tasty as the food you are used to now.
Speak to Vegans.. They Really Don’t Bite!
You may already have friends who are fully vegan that can tell you their experiences and share with you the best places to shop and eat which will keep you on the Vegan path.. We have Hannah & Jodi here at Pudology HQ who are always showing us the best supermarkets and Independent stores to shop in/buy online from who provide better produce and advice including Waitrose, Ocado, Planet Organic, Whole Foods Markets & Green Bay in West Kensington.
Another great source of information are the many Vegan Festivals and Shows that take place up and down the country each year.. Vegfest UK holds large Vegan food festivals from Bristol & Brighton to London & Scotland. Just V Show is held at London Olympia every summer and there are many more Vegan shows on the calendar to look at in your area. Just follow the link for more information. UK Vegan Fairs
Why Go Vegan:
Of course we know that not everyone is prepared to give up meat (including fish and shellfish), dairy, eggs and honey but for those who are, Veganism has a number of benefits many scientifically proven including better health, more energy and even reduce the risk to cancer, diabetes or premature death, although it has to be pointed out that this is still dependent on the type of Vegan diet you live by and not all ‘Vegans’ will automatically receive all these gains.
Also, going Vegan can reduce your carbon footprint so it is kinder to the environment. This may sound all very Greenpeace and hippy-ish but think about it… We as a society are using so much energy getting our meat and dairy to the table with farming, delivery, production… It all adds up and that makes it more sustainable to go Vegan.
It’s not just Eating the Meat..
Also, it’s not just about the food you eat but the clothes you wear, the beauty products you apply, the soap you wash with… This lifestyle choice maybe a big one but change isn’t always bad so take it at your own pace and enjoy your decision to go Vegan.
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