Veganism 101

Curious about veganism? 

Dude. Fist bump. 

Whether you watched a chilling documentary on animal agriculture, came across inspirational photos of glorious vegan bodybuilders, or anything in between, your sparked curiosity has the potential to save lives, reduce your carbon footprint, and improve your health.

What the hell is a vegan?

A vegan is a person who abstains from all animal products, from foods like meat, dairy, and eggs, to household products that have been tested on animals. Vegans also don't support institutions that exploit animals for entertainment (zoos, circuses, etc).  Sure, it sounds a little overwhelming, but with a little practice, patience, and resources, a vegan lifestyle can prove to be not only attainable, but affordable, healthy, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly. 

The Rise of The Vegans

We've all heard it before: 
"Vegans aren't going to change the world."

Well buddy, I've got some news for you. 

Veganism shares the same concept as environmentalism, social justice, world aid, and human rights: It makes a small difference in the individual's eyes, but change is more apparent when you look at the movement as a whole. "Power in numbers", and all that jazz.

Having said that, we, the vegans, are a rising force, and our numbers are growing at a mind-blowing speed. Check out this screenshot of a Google Trends search on the word "vegan":

As you can see, while the "popularity" of vegansim remained a bit stagnant the previous decade, it has since quadrupled in volume in the last five years, and it's only bound to increase from here on out. Thanks to the social media boom, countless vegan alternative companies coming to life, growing shelves of vegan cookbooks, and the myriad of informative documentaries available on Netflix and YouTube, it's becoming easier than ever to transition into this lifestyle (yes, lifestyle, NOT diet). 

We hear that The Vegan In Sweatpants is a great source of information and vegan inspiration. *wink wink*

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about nutrition, affordability, transitioning tips, vegan brand names...anything. We got your back. 

Why Go Vegan?

To Be Kind. 

56 billion animals are killed each year. That's roughly 1,800 animals per second. 1,800 per second! Want to know what's even crazier? That doesn't include marine animals (they die by the trillions each year, and scientists can only estimate the statistics in tonnes). That also doesn't include animals that are hunted, raised for their fur or skin, tested on in labs, or abused and neglected. That's staggering. 

Going vegan is a great way to stand up to the meat and dairy industry. It's how you can tell cosmetics companies to stop testing on animals. You get to vote against the fur, leather, and silk industry. The gory details on all these facets of animal abuse and slaughter will be saved for another day. Just know that veganism is a great opportunity to stand up for the animals.

To Be Responsible. 

Look around. Mother Earth isn't looking so hot lately, and it isn't because she decided to throw on sweatpants, crash onto the couch with a pint of Ben & Jerry's and go, "screw it". 

Check it out. It takes 15 gallons of water to grow a pound of lettuce. Seems reasonable, right? It takes up to 2,500 GALLONS OF WATER to produce 1 pound of beef. 80% of the farmland in the U.S. alone is reserved for animals raised for food and the crops grown for the animals to eat. Want to know something scarier? 90% of the Amazon rainforest is wiped out, and approximately 1 football field of land is destroyed in the Amazon every SECOND. Oh, you want more? Okay. Scientists estimate that by 2048, tuna, along with many other species of fish, will be EXTINCT, due to overfishing and the overwhelming by-catch ratio (by-catch is the result of unwanted marine animals that wind up in the fisherman's net).  

To Be Healthy. 

While veganism is NOT a diet, a wholesome, HEALTHY vegan diet rich in fruits, leafy greens, vegetables, starches, legumes, nuts, and seeds have been scientifically shown to reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, obesity, atherosclerosis, and much more. It's also been linked to improved mental health, cleared acne, quicker muscle recovery, and general awesomeness. Resources to follow. 

Again, this is done with a HEALTHY vegan diet. Don't come crying to us when you feel tired after eating 1200 calories, or if your teeth start rotting and falling out because Oreos are vegan and you're too lazy to make a sandwich. 

To Join a Drum Circle. 

Just kidding. 

-The Vegan In Sweatpants