Veganism is a way of living which seeks to avoid, as far as possible and practical, the use of animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
At the heart of vegan living is the core principle that animals are not ours to be used. It’s essentially about respecting animals, not causing them harm or using them as property.
Excluded from this diet is anything taken from animals, for example:
For a great range of suitable products browse our vegan online shop (just tick the filter on the left of the screen and click 'Go')
Living this way appeals for many reasons lots of which fit in with common values that we may already hold:
The day-to-day basics involve:
All kinds of foods!
Such as curries, pizza, casseroles, lasagne, soups, risottos, spicy bean chilli, stir fries, falafel, samosas, bhajis, stews, paella, dhal, toad in the hole, pasta and pesto, quiche, pancakes, tagines, tortilla wraps, chocolate chip cookies, jacket potatoes, cannelloni, noodle soup, stuffed pasta shells, spicy potato wedges, fruit crumble and custard, gnocchi, tagliatelle, salads, shortbread, spring rolls, panini, spaghetti bolognese, sushi, mezze…
All of these dishes and many more can be made using entirely plant-based ingredients and no ingredients derived from animals.
It is important that the diet is ‘well-planned’ because the fact that a food is suitable doesn’t automatically make it healthy.
White bread, chips and fizzy drinks might be suitable but they are not well-planned, in the same way as a diet of burgers and cakes wouldn’t be well-planned either.
Find lots of options for your well planned menu and buy vegan food online for delivery to your door from Real Foods
Shoes and clothes are fairly easy:
Mainly it means avoiding leather, wool, silk and fur so most clothes are vegan.
Leather shoes are still common, but there are also plenty of non-leather shoes available too.
For toiletries, make-up and household goods you must develop a habit of reading the labels! Be aware that 'Not tested on animals' does not mean 'No animal products in the ingredients'
Perhaps you would like to become vegan but cannot afford to replace everything you have that has been made using animal products. Don't let that stop you!
What you do with your existing products is up to you. The main thing is that you do not choose to buy new non-vegan products once you have chosen this lifestyle
With toiletries, cosmetics and household products, the easiest thing is to identify which vegan brands you’re going to replace them with before they run out and you have no way of washing your clothes/yourself, and either replace them as they run out or just buy a batch of new stuff in one go.
Get ideas of what you can buy browsing our vegan online shop (just tick the filter on the left of the screen and click 'Go')
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