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Getting to the Root of Veganism

Updated on February 12, 2015

Becoming Vegan

What does it take be become a Vegan?
What does it take be become a Vegan?

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Vegan History and Lifestyle Change

In 1944, Donald Watson and Elsie Shrigley in England founded the Vegan Society. Unlike vegetarians a vegan does not eat or drink any dairy products. The first vegan society in the United States was founded in California in 1948 by Dr. Catherine Nimmo and Rubin Abramowitz. Since then the society has broken off into various groups. These vegan lifestyles are known around the world.

What does it take to be a vegan?

Exclusion of the use of animals for food, clothing, makeup or any other products with the use of animals in anyway is not allowed. Vegans advocate a totally plant-based diet excluding flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk, butter and cheese. Vegans believe in the moral conviction concerning animal rights and welfare. There are also spiritual or religious concerns when it comes to the animals. Vegans have strong convictions. They know that animals live and breathe the air in the same matter that we do. All living creatures think, reproduce and feel pain. Main concerns of the vegans are the practices involved in factory farming and animal testing.

Is the vegan diet is healthy?

According to the Mayo Clinic a vegetarian and vegan diet can be very healthy as long it is well planned. To make sure that you receive the right nutrition, a daily vitamin and mineral supplement geared towards this type of lifestyle is needed. Manufactures such as Deva makes their products with the vegan in mind. These vitamins are Vegan certified, 100% vegetarian and gluten free. Regular vitamins may contain the animal byproduct gelatin.

Becoming a vegan takes a great deal of discipline. For me it would be hard. I do love to eat meat. It is not something I do on a daily basis. It may be three or four days in between. Often we will have dinner with just salads or steam vegetables. After eating a steak a feeling of sluggishness follows and it makes it harder on the body to digest. Fixing a bowl of steam vegetables, seasoned with real lemon pepper makes a delicious meal and with no sluggishness afterwards. I could easily become a vegetarian for I am into dairy products and not ready to give them up.

If you want to become a vegan but do not want to give up diary products, try these substitutes below to see if you are ready for this lifestyle change.

Milk: Drink fortified soymilk, rice milk or almond milk in place of cow's milk.

Cheese: Use soy cheese or nutritional yeast flakes, which are available in health food stores.

Butter: When sautéing, use olive oil, water, vegetable broth, lemon juice, wine or fat-free cooking spray instead of butter. In baked goods, use canola oil.

Eggs: In baked goods, try commercial egg replacers. These are a dry products made mostly of potato starch. Or to replace one egg, substitute it with 1/4 cup whipped tofu or 1 tablespoon milled flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water. Use tofu instead of eggs for omelets. 1/4 to 1/3 cup applesauce can be used in place of an egg in baking.

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What is your opinion on Veganism?

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks everyone for your comments.

    • mulberry1 profile image

      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      While being Vegan isn't something I aspire to, it is interesting to learn more about some of the possible dairy substitutes...that would definitely be my biggest stumgling block. Like you I often eat meat only every other day or so.

    • Pollyannalana profile image

      Pollyannalana 

      8 years ago from US

      I wouldn't have far to go I do a lot of these things and have given up much of what they call for, thanks for all the info.

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great HUB, I'm thrilled to enjoy this work from a non vegan. My Mom says I was born a vegan. I can't ever remember not being vegan. About the entire sugar thing mentioned by a fellow reader, sugar is poision... I do wish the world was free from it. Try stevia the beautiful and wonderous plant sweetner. Bottom line is we are all different and what's right for one is not for another. I feel like dinosars, some of us are vegan and some are not. It's all good.Anyway as a vegan I'm so proud of all you folks considering it! PLUS eating less meat products and the like in any measure will bring you great benefits so keep trying. PEACE :)

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      ForkArtJunkie 

      8 years ago from USA

      I really enjoyed reading this Hub. I'm a vegetarian. I don't eat any type of meat, including seafood. For me, Veganism has been an ideal, though all the pieces aren't fitting together. At one point, I made an attempt but when you consider living a life without ever hurting another, it seems virtually impossible! Even white sugar, has bones or something used to process it? Then, I love my dog so much, and I strongly believe they weren't designed to be vegetarians. It sounds crazy, but even as a vegetarian, I make chicken for my dog as I don't trust the commercial brands completely. I've read too, about all the little animals that get caught up in grain harvesters, and really grain indirectly could make an animal suffer. Now, I'm just kind of a vegetarian, but I don't really think of it too much. :)

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      pmccray 

      8 years ago from Utah

      Good hub, very informative, rated.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      A Vegan hub with helpful links to ponder on. To be vegan or not to be vegan? I'll try thinking about it. Thanks for this hub, Sandyspider.

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      Angela Blair 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Well written and very informative Hub -- which I enjoyed immensely. Best, Sis

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      entertianmentplus 

      8 years ago from United States

      Very good hub..

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Wonder hub, and great that you are doing the challange, I just finishsd and it almost killed me...LOL a well written hub with all the information right there for great learning. Thanks...

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      Sage Williams 

      8 years ago

      A very well written and informative hub. Way to much discipline for me as well. I had a friend that was a vegan and I couldn't believe what she would go through, reading every sing label.

      Great job!

      Sage

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