Guide To Living The Vegan Lifestyle
Living the vegan lifestyle is healthy for people and protects the animals. It is excellent for the environment. I love animals and the thought of killing or cruelly treat them in order for us to eat, drink or wear leather clothing goes totally against my grain.
A few weeks ago I changed to a raw vegan diet (mainly healthy and delicious fruit). The first 10 days I had a craving for salted foods, which have diminished in my second week. Sticking to the raw diet has already paid off by providing me with a lot more energy, therefore being fine with 5 – 6 hours of sleep. I get up really early and get my morning chores done before everybody wakes up.
The (raw) vegan diet is excellent for our health. Using vegan products for cosmetics, perfumes, nail polish, clothing, accessories & cleaning helps protect the animals from cruelty, helps the environment, and is good for our bodies as well as skin. The vegan diet is great for 3rd world countries. They can grow food for themselves instead of for livestock, which will reduce world hunger. At the same, we can start reforesting the land, which is no longer used for feeding animals.
See also The Healthline
The Vegan Diet
The vegan diet does not include any animal or animal-derived products. So a true vegan does not eat
- Meat: Beef, pork, veal, lamb, chicken,
- Fish & seafood
- Dairy & eggs
- Honey & royal jelly
- Gelatin and gelatin products (made from animal collagen)
- Casein and other milk by-products (may be used in non-dairy cheese – read the label)
- Whey in bread and sweets (a by-product of cheese making)
- Confectioners glaze used on candies (also called the resinous glaze, shellac, natural glaze, pure food glaze)
- L. Cysteine used in prepackaged bread & sweets (a dough conditioner made from feathers and/or human hair)
- The clarifying agent used in beer and wine (Isinglass is a chemical made from the fish bladder)
The vegan diet has many benefits and more and more people are following it.
- Healthy body
- Weight loss
- Increased energy
This diet contains cooked food including pasta, potatoes, rice, beans, canned products as well as fruit and vegetables. Please note that some cake mixes, red candy, orange juice, bagels, sauerkraut, and pickles as well as coca-cola, soda, alcoholic beverages, may contain animal by-products.
This is, in my opinion, the easiest to follow and the most beneficial for health. As a raw vegan, you eat all fruit & vegetables uncooked. As Helmut Wandmaker used to say “Willst Du gesund sein, vergiss den Kochtopf” (loosely translated: If you want to be healthy, forget the pots & pans). This book was my “bible” when I was diagnosed with multiple tumours more than 20 years ago. Unfortunately, it is not available in English.
A lot of our clothing is made of leather, suede, fur, wool, and silk (made by silkworms)
- Leather shoes – can be replaced with cork or ocean leather. There are also shoes made of canvas or textiles.
- Leather jackets – can be replaced by faux-leather or better yet with microfiber
- Leather belts – can be replaced with thickly woven cotton or nylon
- Woollen sweaters, hats, scarfs & mits – can be replaced with microfiber
- Leather accessories like purses, wallets, briefcases, backpacks – can be replaced with faux leather
I personally have been avoiding all leather and faux leather products. They are treated with highly toxic chemicals and are not good for the human body. I find that I don't need clothes and accessories with a leather look. I would never have bought a faux leather sofa and chairs. Unfortunately, we have them.
Vegan Cosmetics, Perfumes & Nail Polish
Most cosmetics we purchase in stores contain animal-derived products, i.e. honey, carmine acid (beeswax), carmine (crushed insects), animal fat, fur and hair, pollen, royal jelly.
Some companies say that their products are not animal tested. What about the ingredients?
- Body wash, body lotions & creams, lip balm & lipsticks contain carmine (crushed insects), lanolin (wool grease derived from sheep), and silk proteins.
- Make-up contains carmine (crushed insects), gelatin (leftovers from the meat industries, i.e. pork skin, horns, bones), lanolin (wool grease derived from sheep), collagen (a protein found mostly in hair, skin, nails, bones, and ligaments, comes mostly from animal sources like beef or fish) and more.
- Make-up brushes – the bristles are made of various animal fur and hair (or a combination of). The most common are squirrels, foxes, goats, sables (a specimen of martens), horses, or mink.
- Nail polish contains guanine (obtained from fish scales), carmine (crushed insects), etc.
Many of the common household cleaners are animal tested and contain chemicals derived from animals, like
- Animal glycerol and steric acids (animal fats)
- Animal lecithin (waxy nervous tissue)
- Tallow (rendered beef fat)
- Caprylic acid (sourced from milk)
- Oleyl alcohols (sourced from fish)
Interesting Facts About Other Non-Vegan Products
- Almond milk is not vegan. Almond milk has become very popular in the last few years. My husband and I changed to almond milk in order to avoid cow milk and its by-products. I found out today that it is not vegan. Here is why: Almond trees are not self-pollinating it takes honey bees to do that for you. California almond groves cover 900,000 acres and every year nearly 85% of all beehives in the US are trucked to California to pollinate the almond crop. More than one million beehives travel to California every year.
- Plastic bags
- Downy (chemically made from the rendered fat of cattle, sheep, and horses)
- Crayons (rendered cow fat)
- Cigarettes companies (use extensive animal testing, which is looked at as horrendously cruel)
- Charcoal (made of burnt animal bones)
- Cough syrup (animal testing)
- See also The Spruce Eats: 7 Sneaky Non-Vegan Ingredients
Cruel Animal Sports to Avoid
Most sports using animals are very cruel to them. Here are a few of the most common ones:
- Circus: As a kid, I loved to go to the circus, however, I always felt sorry for the animals. I saw them stuck in small cages, where they could hardly move and they were treated with a whip.
- Bullfighting: A lot of animal rights groups were protesting against these cruel sports and as a result, there are fewer of them. See also: League Against Cruel Sports on Wikipedia.
- Rodeo riding
- Animal races
- Fox hunting
- Hare coursing
- Bear shows
As you can see above it is not easy to become a true vegan. However, I think it is well worth it. There is too much animal cruelty in this world and every single person going vegan will help reduce it. At the same time, the vegan diet is excellent for your health in many ways.
It is also excellent for the environment since it helps to reduce greenhouse gases caused by huge animal farms and animal transports. See the example about the beehives where more than a million beehives are being shipped across the US to pollinate California's almond trees.
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