What Happens After I Go Vegan?

What Happens After I Go Vegan?

Going vegan can be an adjustment for anyone, and it’s important to be prepared. Your body might take time to adjust to your new ethical lifestyle, especially because dairy products can activate the opioid receptors in your brain, which makes dairy addictive. Be prepared to deal with cravings, and have your favorite vegan cheeses and snacks in close reach!

Your body can go through changes as well. You could be more or less bloated than before you went vegan, your skin could clear up, or you could be more energetic! As long as you’re getting enough fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds most of your adjustments should be positive. Veganism can also be helpful for a variety of health conditions, and has been observed reversing serious health conditions.

There is an emotional toll with going vegan, and understanding the cruelty trillions of animals face every year. Activist efforts can be useful for informing others, and being around people with the same cruelty free lifestyle. Self care is also important, the animals need help and people fighting for them need to be taken care of, fighting for animal rights is work.

Everything You Need to Know About Carmine

Everything You Need to Know About Carmine

Carmine is a red dye used to color everything from clothing to cosmetics to food. Beetles known as cochineal beetles are boiled, ground up, and then dried to produce the red dye. 70,000 beetles are killed to produce only one pound of carmine, which can also be listed as cochineal extract, carminic acid, red #4, or E120. Farmers in Mexico and South America farm the beetles that live on cacti. The beetles are taken from the cacti by hand, then either shaken to death, boiled alive, or they are heated in an oven until they die. All animals, including bugs, are sentient and farming these beetles should be stopped. Don’t purchase any goods that rely on the death of cochineal beetles.

7 Reasons to be Mad About Honey

7 Reasons to be Mad About Honey

  1. Bees produce honey as food for themselves for winter. Honey isn’t made for human consumption.
  2. Bee keepers replace honey with a sugar substitute that is detrimental to bees health.
  3. Bee keepers breed bees to produce more honey, this narrows their gene pool and makes them more susceptible to disease.
  4. Honey bee numbers are reducing the number of natural pollinators.
  5. Bees are forced to produce excess amounts of honey, in the same way that cows are forced to produce excess milk.
  6. Beekeepers will rip out the wings of the queen bee, making it impossible for them to leave the hive.
  7. Queen bees are forcefully artificially inseminated.

5. Reasons to Protect Mother Cows on International Women’s Day

5 Reasons to Protect Mother Cows
on International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day, which means it’s time to discuss the oppression that female animals face, specifically cows.

1. Mother cows have their babies taken away from them 2-3 days after giving birth, they’re known to fight farmers when their children are being taken away. They’re artificially inseminated to give birth as many as 4 times in their lifetime, being slaughtered once they reach 6 years old. Their natural life span is 20 years.

2. Their children are sent to slaughter, locked in a crate for six months for veal, or destined to have the same fate as their mother.

3. Mother cows produce milk for their babies, not for humans. Humans are the only species known to force another animal to give birth yearly, then steal their milk. Why are humans drinking another species breast milk?

4. Mother cows love their calves. Some people choose to say that mother cows on farms don’t love their babies. On sanctuaries they spend time with their children, and on farms they fight farmers to stay with their calves.

5. It’s easy to end animal oppression. There are a variety of plant milks: from soy, to almond, to hemp, to fit everyone’s dietary needs. There are also vast selections of plant based meats and cheeses to keep cow products off of your plate.

How to go Vegan Overnight

When you’re inspired to go vegan, the next step is to take the plunge. Here’s a simple guide on the in-order steps to take to kick off your new cruelty free lifestyle.

How to go Vegan Overnight

1. Go through your fridge and pantry

The first step is to get rid of all non-vegan foods you have. Check the ingredients on all packages, and make sure there’s no animal products. Watch out for ingredients such as gelatin, whey, honey, casein, red dye, and added vitamins (such as in juice) which could be sourced from animal exploitation. When you’ve gotten all non-vegan food items, either donate to a food shelf, give directly to people in need, or compost.

2. Plan recipes for the beginning of your new lifestyle

Collect recipes that are new, packed with vitamins, and some recipes for cruelty-free versions of your old favorites. Gather some soup and curry recipes, find your favorite type of bean to throw in with some rice and vegetables, and get some avocados for a quick avocado toast breakfast. For less healthy options we recommend Daiya mac ‘n’ cheese, Amy’s vegan pizza, and Tofurkey deli slices for sandwiches. Remember to grab snacks! Kale chips, popcorn, and cliff-bars are delicious in a pinch. Make a grocery list with necessary ingredients.

3. Go to the Grocery Store

Head to your local grocery store (we recommend a co-op) and pick up the essentials. Tofu, rice, beans, nutritional yeast, curry powder, coconut milk, and peanut butter are a few essentials to keep on hand at all times. Most nutritional yeast is fortified with vitamin B12, so a table spoon per day will keep you from a B12 supplement.

4. Go through your closet

Check the labels on all of your clothing and separate clothing with silk, wool, leather, fur, and feathers (down jackets). To go the extra mile, also separate out any clothing with plastic-fibers, and sick to cotton, hemp, bamboo, and plant-based cellulose fibers. Give these items to houseless people and donate to a local shelter, but give fur items to sanctuaries. Sanctuaries often use fur to rehabilitate at-risk animals. Vegans don’t wear animal fibers that were previously purchased or gifted because we choose not to promote the exploitation of animals in any circumstances. There’s hundreds of versatile options for vegan clothing that don’t promote animal exploitation.

5. Stay strong

Veganism gets easier every day, once the habit forms, and when you realize animals aren’t here for any one but themselves, veganism is easy, fun, and wholesome. There are thousands of friends to make through activist efforts, hundreds of vegan restaurants, and your bond with animals and nature will only get stronger. Stick to it and you’ll feel amazing mentally, spiritually, and physically. What’s not to love about being cruelty free?