Most people don’t simply ask “What is vegan,” they actually want more explicit explanations about vegan wine, vegan sugar, vegan butter, vegan cheese, vegan margarine and so on.  And this Vegan Blogger site is a vegan blog that is intended to explain all that and a whole lot more.

Having lived the vegan lifestyle for more than forty years, one would expect that I understand what veganism is and I certainly do. However, defining what is vegan is not so easy because veganism comes in a variety of forms. Before I explain the different types of vegan styles, I would like to take a few minutes to provide you with the following generic definitions for what is vegan and why people choose veganism:

• Vegan or veganism is a way of life that entails the consumption of products originating from plants rather than from animals. In other words, vegans exclude the following items from their daily lives which may appear in their diets as well as their use of medicines, cosmetics, personal care products, toiletries, clothing and upholstry, household goods and all the commodities:

- Animal flesh which include meats, poultry, fish and seafood.
- Animal products which include dairy (milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, etc.) and eggs.
- Animal byproducts such as honey, gelatin, etc.
- Animal derivatives such as pearls, ivory, leather, silk, wool, fur, down, etc.
- Animal-based end products that include oils, secretions and more.

So, what is left for vegans to consume if so much is excluded? Plenty!

The vegan cuisine consists of plant-based products that include fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Likewise, everything else in the vegan’s life is also derived from plants such as:

- Fabric. Cotton, hemp, canvas, jute, bamboo are the natural fabrics.
- Manmade or synthetically produced fabrics. These include microfibers, polyester, rayon, nylon, faux leather (pleather), faux suede (suedette or fake suede), faux fur, faux silk, etc.

• Vegan or veganism is a philosophy of compassion for all animals, large and small. Vegans have the utmost respect for all living beings and therefore are careful to inflict no pain or suffering to any of them. Vegans go above and beyond simply causing no harm to other creatures because they also extend kindly helping hands and practice just treatment and fairness. Vegans are avid opponents to animal testing and lab experimentations on helpless animals in captivity.

• Vegan or veganism is a way of life that conscientiously holds a set of values which dictate preservation and conservation of the global environment and these include recycling and reusing, promoting organic farming, and so on.

• Vegan or veganism is a lifestyle in which individuals strive for optimal health and well being of body, mind and soul.

Then vegan or veganism is often described by many as being the strictest and most extreme form of vegetarianism whereby its members lead a cruelty-free lifestyle that is devoted to eliminating inhumane treatment and needless killing of animals for commercial consumption in food, clothing and so on and, by the same token, vegans lead lives that are harmonious to the environment. So, now is as good a time as any to address the various types of vegans which all fall under the general umbrella of vegetarianism and are applicable to their dietary habits:

• Standard vegans eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, beans, legumes which are raw or cooked.

• Somewhat stricter vegans are known as fruitarians who eat only fruits but no vegetables. Thus their menus consist of citric fruits, bananas, plums, peaches, pears, apples, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchinis, eggplants and so on. In short, fruitarians only each plant that have seeds.

• Then there are those vegans who are known as raw-food vegans. They will not eat foods that have been cooked, baked, fried, broiled, boiled, grilled or prepared in any other similar fashion. The logic behind this lifestyle is the belief that these processes deplete nutritional essentials.

While many people choosing veganism as their lifestyle have very many motives for why they’ve become vegan, the most compelling and most frequently used is the one which addresses the health benefits that are derived from plant-based diets. That is due to the fact that countless results of worldwide scientific research are continually being publicized and people are learning that veganism can prevent many types of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, digestive disorders, obesity, hypertension, gallstones and so on and on.

So, what is vegan?  It’s many things to many people but most of all, it is the question of protecting all creatures that walk, crawl, swim or fly on planet earth.

I’ve made a concerted effort to explain what is vegan within this site but should you need more, please consider reading my brand new Amazon.com ebook about veganism – the life of compassion.  Please acquire it by downloading it directly into your Kindle, iPad or PC.

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