People ask me this question all the time, and yes its quite annoying. I was vegan way before it was cool and everyone saw the documentary on Netflix. I was raised as a vegetarian, and sometimes I would sneak and eat meat, but overall I had a plant based diet. Although, I was constantly made fun of as a child for having healthy dishes for lunch at school; I’m actually thankful for this diet. I have no health issues, which is a blessing.
I made my transition to veganism when I became an adult around my mid twenties. I saw a video on Facebook and chickens were being injected with steroids, and I felt disgusted. So, I decided to research regarding the meat and dairy industry and I was disgusted. The way the animals are being treated is beyond disgusting. As someone who was raised with compassion, I cannot eat or wear anything that has to do with cruelty. I used to eat pizza, but that stopped. Seeing the animals cry while they were being murdered or raped, sickened me. Also, during my research I came across some findings that stated they you take on the animal’s feelings, no wonder people are depressed. The expression, you are what you eat is factual, food is to heal, not kill. As a child eating a plant based diet wasn’t my choice, but as an adult it is my choice to live a cruelty free life.
Here are some differences between vegetarianism and veganism.
According to the Vegetarian Society here are the most common forms of vegetarianism:
- Lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Eats both dairy products and eggs. This is the most common type of vegetarian diet.
- Lacto-vegetarian. Eats dairy products but not eggs.
- Ovo-vegetarian. Eats eggs but not dairy products.
- Vegan. Does not eat dairy products, eggs, or any other animal product
There is a difference between being plant based and vegan. Vegans solely do not eat or use animal products. According to the Vegan Society:
Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
There are many ways to embrace vegan living. Yet one thing all vegans have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey – as well as products like leather and any tested on animals.
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