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WHAT IS VEGANISM?

Vegans are people who try to avoid consuming animal products as far as possible and practicable. These animal products include meat, diary, eggs, fish, seafood, leather, wool, bristle, silk, honey as well as collagen-derived animal by-products. Vegans usually also refuse to use products that have been tested on animals and using animals for entertainment such as in zoos and circuses.

The belief behind those actions is that all sentient beings deserve the right of freedom and well-being. However, most people share this belief system with vegans. The difference might be that most non-vegans usually are not aware of the connection between the suffering and what they have on their plates and in their closets. There is a lot of effort taken to make the animal suffering invisible to us. Also it is so normal in our culture to consume animal products that it takes a lot of effort in terms of time and energy to question these practices. So by no means non-vegans are less ethical or less caring than vegans. They usually either don’t see the connection, they think it is the natural thing to do or they think it is necessary for their health to eat animal products.

Another reason for being vegan is the environmental effects of animal agriculture. First and foremost a vegan lifestyle generally uses less resources such as fresh water, land and crops and is therefore more sustainable. Taken into consideration the human overpopulation on this planet it seems to be urgent finding a lifestyle that protects recourses. Furthermore animal agriculture is the leading cause of water pollution, deforestation and desertification.

Yet another aspect of veganism is the health benefits of a vegan diet. A vegan diet has been shown to be effective in preventing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and most cancer types. These diseases are among the most common causes of death in developed countries. Many vegans report that after adopting a vegan diet they feel more energetic and have less health issues such as allergies, headaches, menstruation cramps, acne and many more. However, there is not just one vegan diet. Vegan diets span the range of „junk food“ to „whole foods“ and even raw vegan diets. If a vegan diet didn’t work for someone this doesn’t mean it is because of the lack of animal products.

It is true that animal products contain vital nutrients but this is true for all living creatures – plants, animals, fungi and even bacteria – as they basically rely on the same chemistry using similar building blocks and enzymes to work properly. It is important to realize that the presence of a vital nutrient dosen’t make a food healthy. Toxic plants and fungi or wood also contain vital nutrients. So sometimes less is more. When it comes to the vegan diet we can learn a lot from long-term vegans.

However, veganism is not a diet, it rather is a lifestyle and a movement. Veganism also isn’t a cult or a religion. Vegans like the company of other vegans because they can share experiences with one another. Remember that vegans are a minority representing only 1 to 6% of the population in Europe depending on the statistics cited. It is also true that when someone goes vegan it is likely that this person’s relationships with non-vegans will suffer. This is due to the huge shift in consciousness and surely to some extend to the pressure that many vegans put on themselves because they want to change the world. This pressure can lead to exhaustion and frustration as seen for many animal rights advocates and activists. No one, if vegan or not, should ever forget to take good care of themselves – regarding body, mind and soul. Enjoying our lives and focussing on happiness should always be our priority. We should celebrate every step no matter of what size towards making this planet a better place to live.

Also see HOW TO ADOPT A HEALTHY VEGAN DIET and WHY VEGAN.

MY STORY – VEGANISM

How did this idea of veganism grow in my head? When my boyfriend and I where traveling through China I decided to give up meat. It just came to me. I was seeing so much meat and seafood everywhere in China but I didn’t see any farm animals. Giving the high abundance of factories in China I assumed that they must live in some kind of factory farms. Also we had some pretty bad experiences with duck heads. Arriving in Hong Kong we were constantly looking for vegetarian restaurants. We found some pretty cute places that had left a special mark in my heart. I think these places placed the seed for me making healthier choices. I had already given up alcohol before that, but it was then when I started looking into holistic health for the first time. Holistic health means that everything in our bodies is connected. If you were to have a disease it will not be healed by just fighting the symptom but by removing the cause. So I learned that cow milk was found to be connected with acne and I had acne for a long time. So I gave up milk when we were back in Switzerland. Just for fun I cut out eggs as well, so I could call myself vegan. However, I wasn’t vegan, I was on a plant-based diet, since I was still purchasing leather and other non-vegan items. But it was a good start.

Learning more and more about nutrition I tried anything and everything. Detox, fasting, raw, High Carb, RawTill4, 80/10/10, Starch Solution – you name it I tried it. Things went back and forth, I lost weight, gained weight, breakouts came and faded, I lost hair and almost lost my mind not finding the right diet for me. Today my diet doesn’t have a label, it is just tasty, most time healthy, easy to make and of course vegan. Also it exactly fits my needs with regard to how I organize my everyday life. I have learned so much of these experiences. And I will try to share as much as I can to help everyone find the best diet for their personal needs.

What made me go vegan then was educating myself. I was watching videos by famous vegan youtubers from all over the world and found that they repeatedly mentioned Cowspiracy, Earthlings and Gary Yourofsky. So I watched Cowspiracy, Earthlings and Gary Yourofsky’s speaches. I learned that there is no way of being a non-vegan environmentalist and that there is no way practicing compassion by meditation when animals aren’t included in my considerations. I learned that no animal product can be cruelty-free and that there is no such thing as humane killing. I learned that being vegan is a nessecity for our planet and peace on earth. Since I already knew how to eat plant-based going vegan wasn’t a big step on the outside.

Now I am dedicating my life to spreading positivity and veganism. I have never been happier and healthier. And of course I want that for everyone else as well.

Also see WHAT IS VEGANISM, WHY VEGAN and MY STORY – MINIMALISM

WHY VEGAN?

I do remember the exact moment when I decided to go vegan. This moment changed my life. It might sound extreme but ever since then it felt like my life suddenly had a purpose again. It was just when I realized that we (humans) have a choice. No one forces us to use animals for food or clothing or anything else. As we don’t rely on animal products we can just stop using them. A crazy idea, isn’t it?

But there is more to this. Veganism isn’t about restriction. If so this would be a pretty boring story and I would understand people not being interested in veganism. It is about what you gain when you choose a life that does as little harm to living beings as possible. This life is not filled with excuses, but with the willingness to change to a better and to grow as a person. It is to be open to the world and open to yourself, accepting your flaws and failures, never giving up, seeing the good in everything and knowing that you always do the best you can to be the best version of yourself.

So as you see it is not just avoiding animal products. It is about living life to the fullest by making conscious decisions. Enjoying every moment of life and be happy because you deserve it. Realizing that every being on earth deserves to be free, happy and free of pain. This includes humans, animals and yourself as well. For me veganism has always also included being gentle with myself. So being vegan for me is about loving life.

Continue to MY STORY – VEGANISM and WHAT IS VEGANISM