The Vegan Shift – Telling the World You’re Vegan

hello-im-veganBy Philip Bury

One of the best lifestyle changes anyone can make is to turn vegan. This means that you keep off products that have any type of animal by-products, whether it’s food or clothing. Going vegan means adhering to a strict code of ethics that only allows you to use vegan friendly items, which can range from vegan food to vegan condoms.

Some are born into a vegan lifestyle but most decided to switch to it. Here are a few ways to tell your friends and family what veganism is and how to help them understand your lifestyle.

This is probably the best way to help people understand your new way of life. Although there are a lot of vegans out there, some people still don’t know what veganism is. Educate them by telling them the core principles and even out in some of the benefits.

Vegans have their own culture to follow. Show others this by actually walking the walk and be public about your advocacy. Wear vegan clothes, go to vegan restaurants and even shop in vegan friendly stores. You also need to be careful about common products that you didn’t know might contain animal by-products. For example, regular latex condoms actually have a milk protein mixed into the formula so you’re best off using vegan condoms. There is no shame in shifting to this lifestyle. In fact, you can get a lot of health benefits and you consume less.

Be active in the community
There are millions of vegans out there and you’re not alone. Most cities and towns have vegan communities that gather and share their passion about the lifestyle. You can also go online and sign up for forums and chat rooms where fellow vegans talk about common issues and struggles. This is a big help especially if you’re still transiting to veganism. The moral support these groups provide can help you stay on tract, answer any questions and make you successfully shift lifestyles and stay vegan.

Food has always been an interesting topic to non-vegans, and vegan food is a big mystery to people. It’s not true that you eat nothing but tasteless sea weed, vegetables and tofu if your vegan. There are thousands of recipes that you can try out and share to your family and friends. Some of these recipes even replicate common meals that have meat or ingredients with animal byproducts like milk or cheese but with a vegan twist.

Finally, just live. Just because your vegan doesn’t mean that you can’t do things that you use to do. You can still have Friday night pizza and beer, but just make sure that it’s a veggie pizza and an all malt beer. Just find a way to fit your new lifestyle to the things you like doing and enjoy being a vegan.


2 thoughts on “The Vegan Shift – Telling the World You’re Vegan”

  1. I cannot imagine having to justify that choice. I recently became vegetarian and I already get annoyed with the questions of “what do you eat??” and “how do you get enough protein?” good for you! if you need some recipes, check out my blog 🙂

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