The vegan movement is truly amazing. The collective power of people saying no to animal exploitation in all forms is growing stronger everyday. Whilst we all share this common thread, the vegan movement means something different to each of us. Here’s our A to Z of veganism
A IS FOR ACTIVISM
By living a vegan life, you’re already participating in a powerful form of activism which can help make our world a better place. It’s completely up to you to decide what, if any additional activism you want to take part in, depending on what you feel is effective and are comfortable doing. If you’re unsure where to start, or perhaps you feel a little shy, take a look at this fantastic guide from the Vegan Society.
B IS FOR B12
Whilst a lot of the carnist scaremongering about vitamin b12 is simply untrue, it is still wise to inform yourself of all the facts and to make sure there’s a source of b12 in your diet. To help you out, we’ve written a guide on b12 for vegans.
C IS FOR COMPASSION
Compassion is at the root of the vegan movement. It can be defined as a care and concern for the suffering and misfortune of others. As vegans, we extend our compassion to all other beings, not just humans. It is important however, to also extend compassion to those you may not agree with. Here’s something to try. Next time you feel annoyed, offended or hurt by a non vegans actions or viewpoint, extend your compassion towards them. Try to understand how they’re incorrect perception is causing not only others but also them to suffer. Wish them well and watch the world change.
D IS FOR DOCUMENTARIES
Many of us took our first steps towards veganism thanks to the wide number of amazing documentaries now available. Documentaries are a great tool for spreading the vegan message and helping family and friends to understand your choice. If you know someone interested in learning more about the vegan movement, here’s a great list of powerful vegan documentaries.
E IS FOR ENVIRONMENT
The link between animal agriculture and the destruction of our environment is clear. As much as 51% of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by livestock and their by-products. The demand for animal products causes deforestation, water scarcity and ocean dead zones. Living vegan is one of the most powerful things you can do to reduce your impact on our environment.
F IS FOR FUTURE
We’re hopeful for the future. Everyday, more and more people are ditching meat and dairy. Each new vegan creates a ripple effect helping to influence others to wake the switch. Don’t just take our word for it, here’s some inspiring statistics to show why the future is vegan.
G IS FOR GRATITUDE
We’d like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all the trailblazing vegans who came before us, helping us and others to make the switch and showing us that there is a better way.
H IS FOR HEALTH
Animal products are pretty awful for your health. Unfortunately, just being vegan isn’t a ticket to good health either. A diet of potato smileys and crisps won’t do you much good. The real health benefits of a veganism can be felt when you move towards a diet rich in wholefoods. We thoroughly recommenced the fantastic book, How Not to Die for anyone interested in improving their health
I IS FOR INTERNET
The internet is incredible. We feel a large part of the rise of veganism is thanks to the internet. Information that was once tightly controlled can now be accessed by all. The internet allows us to fact check, organize and meet other vegans and even find delicious recipes and order great vegan food.
J IS FOR JACKFRUIT
We can honestly say, if it wasn’t for veganism, we would have never tried jackfruit. what a loss that would have been. Not only is jackfruit absolutely delicious, it’s high in fibre and boost the immune system. We’re using jackfuit to make a wider point. Many see veganism as being restrictive. We disagree. For us, veganism is a wonderful invitation to discover great new foods.
K IS FOR KALE
Because that’s all we eat, right?
L IS FOR LIFE
As vegans we respect the sanctity of life in all beings. Sure, some carnists might say that plants are alive and feelings too. There’s some truth in this, but as vegans we seek to limit the suffering we cause and in our view, that’s a pretty noble thing to do.
M IS FOR MILK ALTERNATIVES
No milk for us thanks, we’re not baby cows. The great news is that there’s an ever expanding array of delicious milk alternatives to try. Not only does this make it easier for people to live a vegan life, it’s also an incredibly subtle and effective form of vegan advocacy. Think of all the supermarket shoppers who will walk past an aisle of plant milks every day. This will plant the seed of a question in their mind, which with time and encouragement will fruit into a desire to switch to a vegan life.
N IS FOR NOOCH
Nooch, aka hippy dust, aka nutritional yeast is veganisms worst kept secret. Not only does it add a nifty nutty and creamy taste to any meal, it’s also rich in b12 helping us vegans stay healthy.
O IS FOR OMEGA-3
Another important consideration for vegans. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid with a wide range of health benefits. Adequate omega-3 consumption helps everything from our mood, to the health of our skin, heart and brain. We’ve written a blog on all you need to know about omega-3 here.
P IS FOR PROTEIN
I had to take a break before this letter as my crippling protein deficiency left me unable to type. Just kidding of course, there’s a huge range of vegan protein sources to try and it’s pretty easy to hit your daily requirements by just eating plants. This autumn will see the launch of a new documentary focusing on vegan sports people and helping to smash the protein myth once and for all.
Q IS FOR QUESTIONS
Listen carefully for questions from non-vegans. These are very often subtle signs that they’re in the first stages of considering a vegan life and want to learn more. Answer honestly and kindly and help spread the good news.
R IS FOR RECIPES
Food food glorious food. Pretty much anything can be veganised these days. We’re incredibly thankful for all the great vegan cooks out there sharing delicious recipes for us to try.
S IS FOR STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
As individuals we can only do so much, together we can change the world!
T IS FOR TOFU
Another delicious food we could have so easily missed out on were it not for veganism. Delicious, incredibly versatile and easy to prepare, tofu is a staple for many gentle plant eating folk.
U IS FOR URGENCY
The level at which we are destroying our planet is out of control and truly insane. It’s now a matter of urgency that we collectively change our ways. If you’re reading this blog, looking for a final put to go vegan, here it is.
V IS FOR VEGANUARY
The charity Veganuary do an amazing job in spreading the word and inspiring thousands to give veganism a try each January. If you took part in this years Veganuary and are still going strong, we salute you!
W IS FOR WIDESPREAD
Veganism is becoming more widespread then ever. People all over the world, from all walks of life are taking it on themselves to be the change they want to see in the world. Vegan products are now increasing accessible in shops and restaurant. Living a vegan life has never been easier.
X IS FOR XYLEM
Ok, we really struggled with this one and had to dive into a dictionary to try and make it work. Hear us out. Xylem are small tubes in plants and trees that transport water from the roots to the leaves. We think this is a nifty plant based metaphor for how we function as vegans. Each one of us does our part transporting knowledge to others helping the vegan movement grow. Be in touch with any better ideas, we’ll send some free chocolate to our favourite.
Y IS FOR YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Veganism is a powerful movement for social change. It teaches us that we can make a difference when we combine efforts a join a wider social movement. The realisation that we are not victims of circumstance, but agents of change will help shape a brighter future for all.
Z IS FOR ZEITGEIST
Zeitgeist can be defined as “the defining spirit of an age”. This for us is the vegan movement.