We get so happy when we help bring a new vegan couple together! This is the main reason why we created Veggly and knowing that we are helping people this way makes us very happy and inspires us to keep going! 😊🌱This Spanish Couple Also Met on Veggly!
Ana and Alfonso met through Veggly and are dating nowadays. Take a look at the testimony that they shared with us:
“I saw Alfonso’s profile on Veggly during my holidays in Spain on the 11th of July. I hadn’t been home for a year and a half because of Covid and two days into my holidays i saw his gorgeous pics on Veggly.
I’m Spanish but I live in UK. We didn’t match but he had his IG account on his bio. I followed him and he messaged me first. We connected straight away and after a week talking every hour of tj day he came to visit me and he had our first date.
It was a fantastic date and a week later he went to Menorca on his sailing boat with his friends and he invited me to come over… I joined them 3 days later!!! I flew all the way from Barcelona to Menorca to meet this gorgeous vegan guy for the second time, we spent a full week together and it was the best holidays of my life.
When we came back we spent many days together… including my 30th birthday! The 25th of August I had to return to the UK. Now we have a long distance relationship, but by summer next year we are planning to live together. I am so grateful to have met him! I don’t think I would have known him if it wasn’t because of Veggly.” – Ana (@us.are.art) and Alfonso (@vegan.sailor)
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Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the entire world has had to adjust to a new reality. Social distancing, lockdowns and other restrictions were put in place in an effort to contain the spread of the virus, but also account for some – yet not all – of the biggest changes in daily life we’ve all experienced since last year. However, for those who stayed at home as much as possible and avoided social gatherings, things have gotten quite lonely due to the isolation. For a long time, the safest option for connecting with people was through online dating during the pandemic.
While the COVID-19 pandemic is still a very real problem, it seems that people’s lives are already starting to change again.As lockdowns all over the world ease and vaccines become more widely available to the global population, more people are feeling more comfortable with going back to dating.
New survey shows surge in online dating during the pandemic
According to a new Veggly survey, 40% of users admit that they are going on more dates and investing more time in online dating than they did before the pandemic. Another 43% of these people say they are already back to their dating lives pre-Covid. In comparison, 45% of users haven’t been dating at all, not even online dating during the pandemic. This shows that a significant portion of vegans and vegetarians feel a strong desire to make up for lost time. In fact, 29% of people said that going on a date is #1 in their To Do lists after restrictions ease in their area.
It’s very understandable that people are eager to go back to dating and other social activities. After all, going through this pandemic hasn’t been easy at all, so many are seeing the decrease in restrictions as a green light to go and enjoy life. What felt like being stuck to online dating during the pandemic is soon turning into an interesting option to go back to normal. Activity has increased in Veggly in the past couple of months, which further confirms the shift in attitude. With that, it becomes clear that, like a groundhog crawling out from its burrow, vegan daters are ready to go out in the sun and get back in the game. If you’re one of those vegans, don’t forget to stay safe and continue respecting public health guidelines as well as other restrictions that might still be in place in your area!
The Amazon rainforest is so big that, if it was considered to be a country of its own, it would be the 6th biggest country in the world. In fact, even though the biggest part of it is within Brazilian borders, the Amazon actually spans across 8 other South American countries. It is also one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, harboring more than 3 million species with more being discovered every year. This uniquely rich environment is the home to many indigenous people of different tribes and cultures. So far it would seem that, in the context of global warming and climate change, the Amazon rainforest wouldn’t only be referred to as an incredibly important part of the planet, but actually be treated as one. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
It would be a stretch to say that the Amazon was properly preserved in the past: deforestation has been a serious problem since the 1970s, during the military dictatorship which ended in 1985. It is now reaching a point of no return, having lost 20% of its coverage of millions of miles in just a few decades.This represents a massive amount of carbon dioxide that will not be absorbed from the atmosphere. However, even though this situation should be treated as an issue to be tackled, things keep getting worse. Under the government of Brazil’s current president, Jair Bolsonaro, the Amazon rainforest’s deforestation hit a 12-year high due to policies aimed at weakening environmental law enforcement agencies and Bolsonaro’s denial of climate change alerts.
Even though the record breaking deforestation caught the world’s attention, the Amazon continues to burn, and one of the reasons for that is cattle ranching. Considering that, for many vegans and vegetarians, two core values are animal rights and environmental protection, the importance of preserving the Amazon rainforest’s deforestation can’t go unnoticed.
Things might not be looking so optimistic at the moment, but maybe it isn’t too late to make a change. It’s not exactly possible to individually prevent deforestation or single handedly fix everything, but it is possible to act in other ways. Speaking to people about it, going after and spreading information to draw as much attention to this matter as possible are great to start, but it can go further. Only when people stop consuming animal products will deforestation stop being so profitable. And that is the most guaranteed way to make it stop.
September 5th was this year’s Amazon Day in Brazil, and it is a good opportunity for the whole world to once again turn its attention to it as well. There so much to be fixed, but there is also so much to be celebrated as well. It isn’t just about being amazed at how impressive the rainforest is for its size, beauty and biodiversity, but also about understanding how much the Amazon could keep contributing to society if seriously protected.
My favorite place where you can buy high equality denim jeans, that are good for you and the world. They use recycled cotton and organic cotton. Their goal is to make circular jeans, both in the environment and social. They recycle items, and re-design items, of f.x.. your old jeans. The old jeans are always recycled after use.
Furthermore they share, you can lease a couple of jeans. That means that you can pick a couple of jeans and sign up, get your discount if you have an old pair, that you can send in. After that you can lease a second pair of jeans. Keep them or swap the item. After 12 months, it is your jeans, fully paid, and you can keep the jeans or swap for a new pair.
The reason they started with jeans was to make the pollution smaller in the fashion industry, the second most polluting industry in the world. They always want the jeans back after use to make the world a better place 😉 Check them out and learn more about their design on www.mudjeans.eu
Noumenon is a fantastic vegan fashion brand, here you can shop cruelty-free. They also sell clothing from other designers. But I wanna talk about Noumenon.
Here you can buy nice and cool design. Their clothes are produced with linen, cupro, organic cotton, and Tencel.
Furthermore they use recycled and surplus materials. Every fabrics and materials starts its journey in Europe to reduced the CO2. First it started with the fact that she wanted to find an ethical, yet beautiful design, and then she decided to start her own, which is high ethical yet sophisticated she describe her clothes. For me it is sincerely worth paying attention to. It really is a sophisticated, chick, pretty, well-thought, eye catching and cool design that I would love to wear. They have terms, and they follow them, it is amazing. Check them out and learn more about their design www.nou-menon.com
Nae Vegan Shoes
If you are out and about to find new shoes, then look for Nae Vegan Shoes. Their design is excellent. I absolutely love it.
They are highly ethical and use fabrics so sustainability and recycling is not a question or a problem. They make their items f.x. of cork, organic cotton, recycled plastic bottles and pineapple leaf fibers. Their shoes are classic with a twist of something new I think. New ways of making shoes, hot design both to the calm consumer and the high fashion minded.
They also make nice sneakers to a good walk. And a couple of nice high heels if you are out for a cocktail. Get what you need, it should not be hard to find, in a place like Nae Vegan Shoes. Maybe you need sandals to walk to the beach to, or boots to take a walk in the snow. You can get what you need in their store. Check them out and learn more about their design www.nae-vegan.com
Do you have other vegan fashion brands you shop? Tell us in the comments 🌱😊
Every vegan and vegetarian is well aware of the fact that maintaining a plant based diet can be way easier – or harder – depending on location. This is also true when to comes to finding new relationships with other vegans. New data released by Veggly reveals some of the best places for vegan dating.
So, what are the best places for vegan dating?
New York has the highest number of Veggly users, making it the top state for vegan dating in the USA. We can’t really say this comes as a shock! It was hard enough not falling in love with New York, considering all the excitement that comes with a multicultural big city environment and the never ending restaurant options. Now it’s gotten even more irresistible.
Virginia features the second highest number of users in relation to population (377 per million). This might be surprising, given that the southern state is one of the best places for vegan dating in the USA, placed higher than California. The west coast state is considered by many to be a true vegan wonderland, but came in third. However, if we take only the total of users per state, California definitely takes the trophy. It has more Veggly users than any other state. We believe that solidifies California’s status as the ultimate vegan utopia in the USA and one of the best states for vegan dating altogether!
Overall, we’ve found that the east coast of the United States accounts for many vegans looking for love and new relationships,. States like New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida made it into the top 10 best states for vegan dating.
These prominent hotspots aren’t the only great locations for vegan dating, though. We’ve also found that Texas almost made into the top 10, placing at 11th, which can be quite surprising to many people, and we agree. But if veganism can grow in Texas, it can grow just about anywhere!
Vegan dating around the world
If you don’t live in the United States of America, there is no need to feel left out. As Veggly becomes more popular across the globe, it seems like things are definitely improving when it comes to finding plant based love. We sure hope that soon, the best places for vegan dating will be, well, anywhere and everywhere!
Whoever came up with the idea that a vegan diet can’t sustain a healthy and strong body clearly forgot to tune in to the Olympics. Vegan olympians are the athletes who not only advocate for a more conscious and responsible lifestyle, but also prove that it is entirely possible to go above and beyond getting enough proteins for a healthy diet by going plant-based. Here is a list of a eight high-level vegan olympians who went public about their vegan diets:
1 – Meagan Duhamel
Duhamel is a two-time figure skating champion and has been a vegan athlete since 2008. The silver medal winning Canadian initially stopped consuming animal products as a way to prepare for the Olympic Games, but ended becoming a full-time vegan and even engaging in animal activism. Her favorite cruelty-free dish is nachos, but during training she goes for high-energy, high-protein snacks like seeds and protein bars.
2-Venus and Serena Williams
This iconic sister duo has been a staple of competitive tennis for quite some time now. Vegan Olympian Venus Williams transitioned to a plant-based diet after being diagnosed with Sjögren syndrome in 2011. Serena went vegan later, in 2017. For training, the sisters prioritize foods like lentil, rice and potatoes. If you’re like us and can’t get enough of Venus and Serena, don’t forget to check out King Richard, a new movie coming out in November, starring Will Smith as the legendary vegan olympians’ father.
Carl Lewis is one of the most famous and celebrated athletes, having won a whopping nine gold medals. Having been a vegan since the 1990s, Lewis has spoken out about how important a plant-based diet has been to his success.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics has finally officially introduced skateboarding as an Olympic sport and this brought a lot of attention to a new roster of athletes. Among them is Micky Papa, a professional skateboarder who gradually transitioned to veganism a couple of years ago. The vegan Olympian has vouched for a diet with plenty of roasted veggies to boost training sessions.
Voyevoda has scored two gold medals for the Russian Olympic team during the 2014 Sochi Games. Initially, the lifestyle switch was motivated by his health and performance as a professional athlete. However, the ethics of veganism and the fight for animal rights have since become equally important to him.
This Australian sprinter proves that a vegan diet definitely doesn’t make you weaker. Armed with protein filled meals, including meat substitutes like vegan chicken, Morgan Mitchell can tackle any training session.
Bodybuilding is frequently associated with eating copious amounts of meat in order to grow more muscle mass. However, this vegan Olympian has broken major stigma around bodybuilding, and has been a vegan since 2014. According to Farris, a vegan diet is not only enough to make sure he’s in top shape, but also very important in his recovery process.
8-Marta Vieira da Silva
Currently a player for the Orlando Pride soccer team, Marta made waves in Brazil by being highly successful in a sport dominated by men. She was vegan for almost a whole year before going public about it in her YouTube channel, where she has shared some vegan recipes.
About 18 months ago I listened to a RNT fitness podcast with Dr Minil Patel (episode 95) and it made me question my diet. Fast forward 18 months and I have massively changed the way I eat. I was still eating fish when I went out but since watching Seaspiracy earlier this year, I’ve decided to stop eating fish and seafood too. I don’t eat dairy at home but may have a little when I’m out or visiting friends and family.
Cheese used to be in lots of my meals (think pizza, pasta & risotto) and I thought I couldn’t live without it. Lots of people say the same thing to me now! I wondered whether I’d be able to make a decent cup of masala chai (we are tea drinkers in our family) but I’ve discovered that oat milk makes a delicious cuppa. It’s even better! I don’t bake as much as I used to but I’m learning about substitutes through the Happy Pear Vegan Baking Course.
I’m eating a variety of different cuisines and as a result, cook with lots more herbs & spices and eat even more vegetables than before. I’m not sure about the medical evidence between skin and dairy consumption but my skin is a lot clearer (there be other factors to account for this) and I feel a lot better overall.
There are the environmental benefits of a plant-based diet to consider too. I watched David Attenborough’s A Life On Our Planet over last year and two facts that stuck with me are:
1. 70% of all the birds on our planet are domesticated, mostly chickens 2. If we all adopted a mostly plant-based diet, it would halve the land needed for agriculture. That’s huge!
Earlier this year I completed an online 4 week course with Aim Hi, Understanding the Climate Crisis. 77% of our farmed land is used for animals which only provides us with 18% of our food. The remaining 23% of farmed land is used for plants and gives us 82% of our food. These numbers show us that the energy conversion from animals is inefficient.
So onto one of my favourite foods to order when I’m eating out… a burger! It’s great to see that the vegan options have improved but I’ve enjoyed making different burgers at home over the last year. This beetroot and quinoa burger is a great one to try out now as it’s super summery. Beetroots are in season and the mint & parsley combo works really well.
You can find me on Instagram @jigeatsplants so if you try this out, tag me in your stories and posts. I would love to see your recreations!
Ingredients – makes 4 burgers
150g beetroot (approx. 3 small beetroots)
80g quinoa (dried weight), cooked and cooled
1/2 red onion
1 garlic clove
10g fresh mint
10g fresh parsley
1 flax egg*
Salt & pepper
Spray oil *1 tbsp ground flaxseed and 3 tbsp water mixed and in fridge for 15 mins
Prep the flax egg and then the veggies and herbs. Peel and coarsely grate the beetroot and finely chop the onion. Pick the mint leaves from the stems and finely chop. Finely chop the parsley leaves and stems. Peel the garlic clove and crush or finely chop
Place all burger ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well 3. The mixture will make four patties. Make sure you press them together really well to ensure they hold their shape. Heat the spray oil in a large frying pan and add the beetroot and quinoa burger patties. Cook on each side for 3 – 4 mins until slightly browned and finish off in the oven for 20 mins at 180 degrees Celsius
Beetroot and quinoa burger served in this photo in a sesame bun with vegan mayo, pea shoots and pickles! With a side of sweet potato wedges and salad.
Vegetarian diets are now becoming increasingly common. Vegetarianism is not only excellent for you, but it is also a healthier and better decision for the planet and all of its children. There are many health benefits of being a vegan, but still, the majority is carnivorous. The human system was designed to eat vegetables and fruits. People select a vegan diet for a variety of reasons, including the desire to reduce inflammation, lessen one’s environmental impact, and show compassion for animals. Also, vegan diet increases the testosterone levels in the body, thus it is great for individuals who are already receiving trt San Diego.
A vegetarian diet can take various forms. Vegan diets, on the other hand, consist only of plant-based meals. This form of vegetarian diet excludes the consumption of meat, fish, milk, eggs, and honey. Lacto vegetarians consume plant-based diets as well as dairy products. Lacto-Ovo vegetarians consume plant-based diets, eggs, and dairy products. Pescatarians consume plant-based meals as well as fish. Some people eat plant-based meals, eggs, dairy products, poultry, or fish but eschew red meat. Vegetarian diets are low in cholesterol and saturated fat because they reduce or eliminate the consumption of animal products. A vegetarian diet has been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer in several studies. Diets rich in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables are good for the body and may help lower your risk of cancer.
Reduces the risk of diabetes and Infections
Diet and lifestyle are huge supporters in a person getting diabetic. The diet which reduces the risk of diabetes and other diseases is a Plant-based diet, which maintains a healthy balance of insulin and glucose levels and People who eat a vegetarian diet may be less prone to develop type 2 diabetes. One cause for this might be a larger consumption of entire grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts, as well as a decreased consumption of unhealthy fats. Also, by avoiding meat, you eliminate the risk of salmonella, avian flu, E. coli, and a slew of other poultry, meat, and fishbone disorders. By eating veggies, you will also reduce the number of pollutants in your system. Each year, 67 million people become ill as a result of unclean dishes, inadequately cooked, or several meat infections.
improved heart health
Our heart is in charge of maintaining the blood flowing through our veins. It’s extremely frail for such a crucial profession. Saturated fats, cholesterol, and other factors associated with meat-eating are the most dangerous to the heart. To keep your heart healthy, eat veggies. This will improve your heart health and allow you to live a long life free of heart disease.
Look younger than your actual age and have a clear skin
You may make yourself younger by what you consume. People who ingest animal fats and products have a lower life expectancy than vegans. Similarly, a study was conducted in Japan to determine why individuals live longer lives there. For nearly three decades, they studied over 600 Okinawan centenarians. Their formula is a low-calorie diet rich in unprocessed complex carbs, fruits, vegetables, and soy that are high in fiber. If you want to have healthy skin, you should consume lots of vitamins and minerals and drink lots of water. The fruits and vegetables we consume are high in vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants.
Lower cholesterol levels
Whether you believe it or not, eating animal fat has no health benefits. Vegetarian diets are cholesterol-free since cholesterol is only found in animal sources. Although cholesterol is an important component of every human cell, vegetarians do not need to be concerned about receiving adequate cholesterol because the body can produce all of the cholesterol it requires from vegan diets. Following a long-term study of the effects of a vegetarian diet, Korean researchers determined that vegetarians have lower body fat and cholesterol levels than omnivores.
Compassion for nature and the world
Human beings are all a part of the natural world. It is our moral obligation not to harm other animals. While people who consume it’s their personal choice, it is important to know how it is produced. The animals are kept in horrible circumstances in crates and cages. They are force-fed growth hormones and force-impregnated to reproduce more. The meat business harms the environment. According to natural geography, the meat sector accounts for the bulk of greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and waste, and pesticide/chemical penetration when compared to conventional agriculture.
Choosing a vegan lifestyle is not only about your dietary preferences; committing yourself to a genuinely vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle extends to all other areas of your life, from beauty and personal care products, fashion items like shoes, bags, and clothes, cleaning supplies for the home, furniture and home decór, since animal products happen to be found in a number of things you may not even imagine, and even when products can be vegan, which means that they don’t contain animal products, they may have been tested on animals, which is why it’s important to go for cruelty-free options as well.
If you want to know more about the basics of how to go vegan and have a truly committed vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle at home, keep reading to learn what the experts told us.
As a new vegan, what are the staple foods that should never be missed in your pantry?
Nutritional Yeast – Fortified nutritional yeast is an essential vegan pantry staple making sure you get enough vitamin B-12, naturally found in meat. Often referred to as ‘nooch,’ it can be an acquired taste that adds umami and ‘cheesy’ flavor to your meal. It can be stirred into recipes towards the end of cooking. Or try sprinkling it over the top of pizza, salads, soups, pasta dishes, etc. I recommend starting with a small amount, adding more as you get used to this savory ingredient.
Cashews – When you’re looking for dairy alternatives, raw cashews work wonders in everything from vegan mac and cheese, vegan queso and alfredo, cashew ricotta, vegan cheesecake, vegan cream, and more. Those who are free of nut allergies will benefit from adding this versatile nut to your pantry. They blend up creamy smooth in seconds with a quick soak, and you will never miss dairy again!
Legumes – Whether dried or canned, stocking a variety of legumes such as lentils, beans, and peas is a must. They are extremely versatile and the main protein in a vegan diet. Not only are they inexpensive and extremely versatile, but legumes are also low in fat, high in protein and fiber. Plus, they carry essential micronutrients and phytochemicals to keep you at your best.
Spices – Although they are not really a food, having a good assortment of spices on hand will enhance your plant-based meal. I love the simplicity of simple salt and pepper, but spices and herbs can make all the difference and make your recipe come alive. I recommend sourcing the freshest dried spices and using fresh herbs whenever possible.
What kind of vegan options can we have at home as meat substitutes that provide the proteins required?
The first thing that people need to know is that most of us eat too much protein, and unless you are only eating vegan junk foods, the likelihood of you not getting enough protein is slim to none.
Please check out this video (from 2014) by Dr. Michael Gregor in which he answers the question: “Do vegetarians get enough protein?”. As he states in the video: The average requirement is 42 grams of protein a day. Non-vegetarians get way more than they need, and so does everyone else. On average, vegetarians and vegans get 70% more protein than they need every day. Dr. Gregor also has a great cookbook: The How Not to Diet Cookbook.
In your experience, what are the Do’s and Don’ts when someone starts to adopt a vegan lifestyle?
“Taking the first step is always the hardest”, but becoming vegan has never been easier than it is right now. So many new options – buying food, dining out, clothes, personal care items, sources of information etc. Everything points to an easier lifestyle than ever before.
What can I eat? – Meat, milk products, eggs, seafood, it’s easy to think that your diet will be seriously limited, but this is simply not true. Most peoples’ diets are very limited by what they choose to base their meal options around. There are a vastly larger number of fruits and vegetable options to base your meals on than animal-based options. Also, for an easy transition, there are also a huge number of faux-products – meat substitutes, dairy-free milks, cheeses, pastries, and ice-creams. You don’t have to forego your fave dishes because these days there are plant-based replicas. It’s just a case of finding the shops and outlets where you can buy them from. And it’s the same with dining out – the hardest part is getting started. Once you familiarise yourself with the local vegan-friendly options, you will find that you can eat at most places, and maybe you just do should not want to support places that do not cater at all to vegans. If you find yourself really short of options, try Italian, Indian, Chinese restaurants – you can always find a few options in these places.
Important foods for vegans – everyone needs to consume essential minerals, vitamins, and other components to ensure optimal health, and vegans are no different. Thankfully a well-planned vegan diet lends itself very well to good health. Most dieticians recommend only a vitamin B12 supplement for vegans since modern living has stripped food of this essential item. However, often vegan-friendly milks, margarines, cheeses, yogurts, even cereals will be fortified with B12. Other vegans take vitamin D supplements if they live in less sunny climes. Yet others take fatty acid supplements, however, studies indicate that most people can synthesize what they need. But the truth is that everyone should follow a healthy diet and you might find that your own supplement requirements are different. You can find many recommended vegan nutritionists online to allay any concerns.
How to tolerate the talk – Being vegan can be very challenging, especially when it comes to the thoughts and reactions of non-vegans, whether they be friends, family, co-workers, or just people you meet. Chances are you will be ridiculed, warned about your health by self-appointed “health experts”, treated to attacks from home-spun irrational philosophers, even ostracised. And the crazy thing is that this is usually from the most ignorant.
The trick is to be prepared. Dealing with these issues is challenging at the start, but the more often you address them, the more confident you will become. You will soon recognize the most familiar lines and build up your own stock answers to them. Remember that science and philosophy are on your side. There are plenty of online resources to help you, including vegan Youtube channels. And try to adopt an engaging and positive approach wherever possible because you are now an advocate for doing the right thing.
Staying the course – Making the transition can appear daunting but do not despair; you are not alone. There are more like-minded vegans than you might imagine, wherever you live. “A problem shared is a problem halved”, so get involved in on-line vegan communities such as Facebook or forums, or join local vegan clubs. And if there isn’t one, start one!
What are the benefits of a vegan diet on our overall health?
In a socio-cultural and economic environment, with large-scale publicity aimed towards influencing the consumption of products and, as consequence, diets, we grow up with the idea that we need animal products such as meat and milk to achieve good health and, many times, social status. However, a strictly vegetarian diet is filled with all the nutrients our bodies need and is scientifically proved to be effective in keeping the body healthy at any stage of a human being’s life.
There are many studies that report the benefits of being vegan and following a plant-based diet. This kind of diet tends to offer more fibers, antioxidants, as well as being even richer in potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, and E.
According to the American Heart Association, this type of diet is also effective at preventing cardiac diseases. A study was carried out by the association with 100 participants with pre-existing heart conditions to rate the performance of heart functions for patients with omnivorous and vegetarian diets. The vegetarian diet was shown to significantly reduce systemic inflammation and improved the lipid profiles for the patients, while this wasn’t the case for those with an omnivore diet.
Among other benefits of being vegan is the potential to reduce risks for some types of cancer. Regularly eating vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer by 9 to 18%. Among the cancers that we can reduce the chances of risk, we have prostate cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer.
It can be observed that plant-based living is not only healthy and diverse but can also help us live better and longer.
How do you know when a beauty product is cruelty-free? What should we be looking for?
First, check to see if the beauty brand is listed on Leaping Bunny’s Cruelty-Free List or PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies List. You can also check my cruelty-free brands list. If the brand is in either of these three spots, great! It’s easy to tell they’re cruelty-free.
If it is a smaller brand, such as an indie brand like Necromancy Cosmetica, Fyrinnae, or Sydney Grace Co, you’ll want to check their FAQ page or about page to see if they list their cruelty-free status. Most indie brands will be very transparent. Necromancy Cosmetica, for example, states that their lipsticks are made with 100% vegan materials that have never been tested on animals.
If a brand isn’t on Leaping Bunny’s, PETA’s, or my cruelty-free list, and they don’t have the details in their FAQ page, you’ll need to email them.
The questions I typically ask a new brand now are as follows: (these questions were created with my bestie Jen from My Beauty Bunny 1. Is your company certified by Leaping Bunny/CCIC? 2. Are the products vegetarian? (no animals killed for the products – i.e. some forms of collagen, squalane, etc.) 3. Are the products vegan? (i.e. product ingredients that come from animals like lanolin, honey, milk, etc.
Are the finished products tested on animals by the company, a parent company, a third party or an affiliate company? 5. Are the products tested on animals during the production process by the company, a parent company, a third party or an affiliate company? 6. Do you have documents from your ingredient suppliers to show that they are not testing on animals for your brand or any other brand? 7. Does your manufacturer purchase any ingredients from laboratories that conduct tests on animals? Do you have documents to support this? 8. Are the products sold in any markets where animal testing is required by local law and regulations (China, etc)? 9. If the products are sold in China, please explain how you are avoiding pre-market testing (are you aligned with PETA or Leaping Bunny)?
The information you’re looking for is whether or not the brand tests on animals or if the brand contracts out to their manufacturers/suppliers/a third-party vendor for animal testing.
What kind of materials should we look to incorporate in our home to make it vegan and cruelty-free?
Decorative Pillows:“Covers made from linen, bamboo, and organic cotton are healthier alternatives to leather and wool. They are free from harmful chemicals, vegan, and super soft.”
Pillow Inserts:“Consider rubber, kapok, or buckwheat fill for your decorative pillows instead of foam. These fills, unlike foam, are completely organic and free from off-gassing (the harmful chemicals that foam releases). They are also vegan.”
Sofa Cushion Filling:“When a sofa, for example, is touted as faux, make sure you check the fill. The upholstery can be a faux leather or velvet. However, the foam cushions underneath can be wrapped in feathers or down.”
Comforters and Blankets:“How yummy to wrap yourself in a soft thick cotton, bamboo, or faux fur blanket. These are much healthier, kinder options that contain less chemicals than a wool or down-filled blanket.”
Rugs:“I’m a fan of cotton, hemp, jute, and sisal. They are affordable, organic, and have fewer chemicals than wool or silk rugs. Plus, there are endless styles and patterns that are non-animal based.”
Printed Fabrics:“Printed fabrics are beautiful and come in endless prices and styles. Try to find fabrics that use natural dyes that are either vegetable or water-based.”
What tips can you give us to start a vegan lifestyle and actually stick to it?
Our Top 10 Tips to Get You Started
It’s all in the planning!
Don’t wake up on the first day of your vegan adventure without having thought about what you might eat! That is the absolute quickest way to fall off the wagon. Ahead of time, have a think about your first day’s meals and buy plant milk for your breakfast and coffee or tea, some dairy-free butter for toast or sandwiches, and something tasty for your dinner.
Some people find making a weekly meal planner helpful, so they always know what they need to shop for and what they will be eating.
Look out for accidentally vegan foods
There are so many everyday foods that just happen to be vegan, so open up your cupboard and take a look. Pasta, rice, peanut butter and Marmite, most breads, tinned tomatoes, chickpeas and kidney beans, jam and marmalade, coconut milk, curry pastes, tomato puree, baked beans, many crisps, crackers and biscuits, herbs and spices, many gravy granules, tea, coffee and fruit juice… There is a good chance that half the foods you already eat are vegan!
Ease yourself in
There is no need to reinvent your whole eating habits. If you like a sausage sandwich, have one – just make sure the sausages are vegan. If you want ice cream, go ahead. There are dozens of different delicious flavours out there. You can have almost everything you had before in a vegan version, so just switch like for like.
Veganise your favourite dishes
Again, there is no need to adopt a whole new eating regime. If your signature dish is lasagne, make a vegan version with soya mince and plant milk for the béchamel. If you love a morning fry-up, you can make it with vegan bacon and sausages. Whether you cook curries, casseroles, soups, stews, pies and pasties, roast dinners, cakes, desserts or anything else, simply veganise it.
When you’re ready, branch out
Many people find that becoming vegan opens up a whole new world of recipes and ingredients, and rekindles their love of great food. Once you’ve got the hang of the basics, why not jump in and try some brand-new recipes (there are thousands online) and see if it ignites your culinary passions.
Keep snacks to hand
Don’t get caught out! It’s really easy to pick up vegan snacks in most places but not everywhere, so make sure you keep a bag of nuts, a chocolate bar or some fruit in your bag or car just in case.
Not every vegan product will work for you but just because the first cheese you try or the first latte you make doesn’t hit the spot, don’t rule out all other cheeses and plant milks. There are so many different ones to try – cream cheese, melty cheeses, nut-based, coconut-based, soya-based, all flavours and lots of different brands and styles; and as for milks, you’ll find oat, hemp, almond, coconut, rice and soya. Try them all, and you will soon find your perfect match.
Like eating out? Download the HappyCow app onto your phone and let it guide you to your nearest restaurant, café or shop where you can find vegan food wherever you are in the world.
Find your tribe
It’s easy to feel isolated as a new vegan but there are millions of us out there. Find your local vegan meetup group and make like-minded friends in real life or search online for vegan groups that interest you. From vegan runners to bakers to knitters; from vegan weightlifters to fashionistas to activists. They’re all there waiting for you.
Be kind to yourself
Everyone makes mistakes. Whether you ate something non-vegan accidentally or simply gave in to temptation, it’s OK. It doesn’t mean you are no longer vegan; it just means you are human! Chalk it up to experience and move forward.
What mistakes should be avoided when transitioning to a vegan lifestyle?
First things first – don’t be too hard on yourself. Some people find it easier than others to give up animal products completely from day 1, but others may go back to their normal eating habits from time to time, and both are ok; that’s just part of the process. Don’t beat yourself up for “not doing it right”.
Next, try to avoid vegan junk food. Most people think that just by being vegan, you’re automatically healthier, but that’s definitely not the case if your daily meals just consist of burgers and pizza. I highly recommend you do your research and have lots of healthy vegan recipes on hand to experiment with. Personally, I’m a fan of adding at least 50% raw food into your daily meals as that gives you lots more nutrition. Try dividing your plate in half – fill half your plate with something cooked and make the other half a salad.
Lastly, don’t worry about protein and calorie counting. It is very easy for a vegan diet to meet the recommendations for protein. In fact, vegetarians and vegans actually average 70% more protein than they need every day. Just make sure you have plenty of variety, listen to what your body needs (not craves!) and enjoy your food.
-Anya Andreeva, founder of Live Love Raw and author of “How To Be A Raw Foodie”.
What recommendations can you give us to raise vegan children?
Raising vegan children can come with a set of unique challenges for parents. Talking to children about veganism from an early age can be a daunting task. Especially as reasons for being vegan are not always kid-friendly. However, it’s important to be transparent with your child about why your family is vegan, even if it’s a little uncomfortable at first. There are a lot of resources out there from vegan children’s books to vegan subscription services like Vegancuts. After all, as a parent, you never want your child to feel like they are “missing out”. At Vegancuts we curate 100% vegan snack boxes each month to showcase the very best vegan products on the market. Embracing fun experiences like subscription boxes go a long way to ensuring your kids don’t feel “left out” – and who knows, it might even make their friends jealous!
Why is it important for vegans to supplement with B12 vitamin? Why is this necessary?
Vitamin B12 used to be found in the soil where we farm our food. But over the centuries of over-farming, our soil is mostly barren of naturally occurring B12, which leaves no plant-based sources of it (although it’s worth noting that B12 deficiency rates are about the same in both vegans and non-vegans alike). B12 is a very important vitamin, and deficiencies can have symptoms ranging from sluggishness all the way to irreversible brain damage! A deficiency can take years to develop, as we can store it in our livers for 3-7 years, so even if you haven’t supplemented for years and your blood tests are fine now, it doesn’t mean that they will be down the line. With vitamin B12 supplements being so affordable and readily available, there is no reason not to take the supplement and stay healthy — vegan or not.
– Dani Taylor, Vegan Strong Assistant Tour Director, Author, Vegan Strength Coach, and Natural Bodybuilding Athlete
As you can see, nowadays, you can find vegan options for almost everything you need to move forward to a fully vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle. As more of us choose this way of living, more products will be offered in the market to cover all the needs of this growing trend all over the world.
Here are some benefits of being vegan and how we contribute to the lives of animals, the environment and our own health in the course of one year.
The fundamental premise of veganism is to save animal lives, even if at a limited capacity. This means taking an ethical stance in favor of those who suffer throughout all levels of human consumption: food, clothing, accessories, cosmetics and events. In our daily lives, this seems like a long list of chores, but avoiding certain kinds of consumption is possible and can have many positive results. We become more aware and responsible with all forms of life.
Animal exploitation lies at the center of a series of harmful consequences, like the violation of animal rights as sentient beings capable of feeling pain, fear and demonstrating happiness and love. The environmental devastation promotes climate changes, increased pollution, emission of greenhouse gases, expropriation of native people and the expulsion and death of animals in their natural habitats. For humans, animal consumption might also be unhealthy.
“If anyone argued that discriminating and exploiting non-human animals is justified because they are less intelligent, or because we are stronger and more powerful, then we’d have to accept that this kind of exploitation may also be applied to humans who are weaker and less powerful. That would mean discriminating against members of our society who are too young, too old, too sick. Who would stand for that?” animal-ethics.org
The benefits of being vegan are in three fundamental concepts for the harmony of life on Earth: preservation of the dignity and life of all animal species, including humans, environmental protection and health.
How many lives can a vegan save in one year?
One vegan can save on average one animal per day and up to 582 animals per year. The author of this research is Harish Sethu, a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, US, a PhD in electrical engineering. This estimate was published by the website Counting Animals.
To reach this estimate, Harish used data about the amount of animals who were killed for food in the United States and population size. With most aquatic species being killed, the result was somewhere between 371 and 582 animals yearly.
To achieve a more accurate number, he had to exclude vegetarians and vegans and divide the total number of killed animals exclusively between the meat-eating population.
However, this research’s conclusion is fairly conservative, given that it doesn’t account for animals killed by the egg and dairy industries, which could make the figure even higher. It’s important to emphasize that the aquatic animals who are “accidentally” killed by the fishing industry, thousands of them, also don’t factor into this data.
Still, vegans’ generous and compassionate ideals save hundreds of lives every year.
According to a report about land use and climate change from the IPCC, an international panel that assists the UN, the scientis Marta G. Rivera Ferre explains how chicken and pork consumption currently represents 77% of animals raised to feed the world, and 22% is beef.
Each of these species contributes to climate changes in a different way. The ruminantes emit methane gas with heating potencial 28 times bigger than CO2 and can stay in the atmosphere for up to ten years. Monogastric animals, which are no ruminant, emit nitrous oxide and CO2, which can stay in the atmosphere for up to 100 years.
To the UN for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), livestock is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gases, much more than all of the public transportation exhausts in the world. Including its by-products, livestock accounts for at leat 32 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year, that is, 51% of all global greenhouse gas emissions.
Water resources, shallow or underground water available for all kinds of regional uses or water basins are also highly affected by livestock. Water consumption for animal agriculture varies between 33 and 75 trillion spent gallons annually. Only in the United States, agriculture is responsible for 80 to 90% of water consumption.
According to Michael F. Jacobson, to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, feed production for livestock consumes 56% of water in the United States.
With livestock, there is excessive water spending across all of the industrial spectrum, whether it is for the production of eggs, dairy and leather, but also for the production of meat itself. In a conservative estimate, it take more than 2 thousand gallons of water to produce 2 pounds of beef, but this figure can go up to 4 thousand gallons.
Animal consumption directly affects the environment. Water waste, deforestation and CO2 emissions.
What are the benefits of being vegan? In one year, one vegan can avoid the waste of:
401,504 gallons of water Deforestation of an area of 14,929 ft² 8,933 lbs of CO2 (cowspiracy.com/facts)
In a sociocultural and economic environment, with large scale publicity aimed towards influencing the consumption of products and, as consequence, diets, we grow up with the idea that we need animal products such as meat and milk to achieve good health and, many times, social status. However, a strictly vegetarian diet is filled with all the nutrients ouar bodies need and is scientifically proved to be effective in keeping the body healthy in any stage of a human being’s life.
There are many studies which report of the benefits of being vegan and following a plant based diet. This kind of diet tends to offer more fibers, antioxidants, as well as being even richer in potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E.
According to the American Heart Association, this type of diet is also effective at preventing cardiac diseases. A study was carried out by the association with 100 participants with pre-existing heart conditions to rate the performance of heart functions for patients with omnivorous and vegetarian diets. The vegetarian diet was shown to significantly reduce systemic inflammation and improved the lypidic profiles for the patients, while this wasn’t the case for those with an omnivore diet.
Among other benefits of being vegan is the potential to reduce risks for some types of cancer. Regularly eating vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer in 9 to 18%. Among the cancers that we can reduce the chances of risk, we have prostate cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer.
It can be observed that plant based living is not only healthy and diverse, but can also help is live better and longer.