When I first made the decision to go vegan, I had no idea what it really was. The reason I decided to even go vegan was because I noticed I was getting really bad stomach pains and bloating when I’d eat meat and dairy. I had read about this ‘vegan’ thing online, and that other people who were experiencing the same problems as me went vegan and it helped. So that was it – one night, I decided on the spot to go vegan. I went onto Google and typed in “what do vegans eat” and “how do vegans get protein?” Silly me.
Actually no, not silly me. Silly society. It was not my fault that I wasn’t educated about veganism. We’ve grown up in a society that has normalized eating animal by-products, so anything different from that is considered weird or abnormal.
But I did some research, found some protein sources, and began my (uneducated) vegan journey. I say uneducated because while I was still vegan, I really didn’t know anything about it. It wasn’t until 2 or 3 months into it that I decided to watch five documentaries in one day; and that changed my life. (Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, Forks over Knives, Food Inc, Earthlings, and Vegucated)
I know for many people, going vegan isn’t easy. And I know being vegan isn’t considered ‘normal’ in society. I know that back then, I needed those resources and didn’t know where to look. So that is why I have my blog: to help share and learn with others. This main Master Post is dedicated to all the sites, resources, and information that I personally think are necessary for someone who is interested in becoming vegan. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s go vegan.
The term vegan was created in 1944 by Donald Watson, with the sole intent of animal liberation.
Vegans do not believe in the harm or exploitation of any living beings, humans and non-human animals alike.
Vegans do not use, wear, or eat anything that contains a product that derives from an animal. This includes not eating meat, fish, dairy, eggs, or honey, not using cosmetics that were tested on animals, and clothing that comes from animals such as fur, silk, leather, cashmere, shearling, and many more.
Vegans also do not support zoos/circuses/sea world, horse racing, bull fights, etc, because these are terrible forms of animal exploitation.
Getting started? Going vegan benefits:
Whether you’re coming to veganism for health, for the animals, or to help save the planet, any reason is a good reason. So here are some common questions/misconceptions that people have about the scary ‘V word’ that I’d like to address. I hope these help.
How will you get any nutrients? Read here:
WHAT ABOUT VITAMIN B12?? I heard vegans can’t get that?? Read here:
Wondering what you can even eat? Check out my recipes:
- Or learn how to vegan-ify all your fav foods: Favourite Foods Turned Vegan
Do you think that humans NEED meat to survive?? Read here:
- Humans are Designed to Eat Meat
- Or this: Shattering the Meat Myth – The Huffington Post
- Should Humans Eat Meat? – Scientific America
- Why Humans are Not Meant to Eat Meat – Our Compass
Do you think that dairy milk is healthy?
What about honey? Is that vegan?
Wondering about the different types of vegans? Read here:
But what if I told you that being vegan was more than just a diet…
It can actually help save this planet. How?
- How Eating Meat is Destroying the Planet
- Cowspiracy Facts
- Ignorance is NOT Bliss
- Why do Humans Think We’re Superior??
- Real Men Eat Meat
- Why a Vegan HATER turned into a vegan Body Builder
- Why Men are Afraid of Going Vegan
- Or just simply watch Vegan Gainz.. Why Men Need to go Vegan
- What about these frat boys who went vegan for a week: http://www.peta2.com/blog/vegan-frat-challenge/
- There’s also tons of male celebrities/body builders/athletes who are vegan: Vegans in the Celebrity Community
Do you workout/train/body build, etc and are concerned about protein nutrients? Well, check this out:
- Why a Body Builder went Vegan
- Or watch these videos from Vegan Gainz: Going Vegan: Essential Nutrients, Going Vegan: Protein and Calories
- Or Bryan from HumerusFitness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_BdTaWGuy4
Do you think vegans can’t get enough calories?
- This girl eats 3500 calories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWUUC-W2mME
- or this.. 5000 calorie vegan challenge
Think it’s too expensive? Read here:
Do you think it will be too difficult to be vegan in uni/college?
Worried what your family/friends will think? Or don’t know how to handle social situations? Read here:
Don’t know how to handle restaurants? Read here:
What about holidays and family functions!?
- Thanksgiving(Holiday) Meal Planning as a Vegan
How to prep food for school or work?
What about being vegan while traveling!?
Do you have doubts that people can survive as a vegan without being nutrient deficient? Check out these twins who’ve been vegan since birth:
- Nina and Randa – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJWQ_yV9roA
- or this 19 year old boy whose been raw vegan since birth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpFNMVBItGw
What about raising children as vegans? Vegan pregnancy? Check out the amazing Ellen Fisher.
- I did an interview with her here: Interview with Ellen Fisher
- “FAQ about my raw vegan toddler “
- Her website: http://mangoislandmamma.com/
- I also did a post called “12 Plant Based Mums to Follow”
Will it work long term!?
Remember; if you think going vegan is hard, you are thinking about yourself. When you think about the planet and the animals; it becomes easy.
Plant Strong and Healthy Living – Rip Esselstyn
Beyond Carnism – Melanie Joy
A Vegan Body Building Experiment
Plant Based Nutrition: Julieanna Hever
The Power of our Food Choices
What’s Wrong with What we Eat
The Food we were Born to Eat – John McDougall
(Updated often.. feel free to send in links you find interesting to be added to the list)
Federal Report Finds Plant Based Diet is Better, Meat Industry is Unhappy
David Suzuki On Exponential Growth
Opera and her 378 Staff Members do a One Week Vegan Challenge
Gary Yourofsky educates News Reporter on Veganism
Vegan Diet Best for Planet
Cystic Acne Cured Through Starch Based Vegan Diet
6 Ways to Raise a Child Who Doesn’t Eat Animals
Why the man who brought us the glycemic index wants us to go vegan
Bacon Lovers Meet Baby Pigs
Overweight Couple Goes Vegan and Loses 280 pounds
Free From Harm – Your Guide to Going Dairy Free
My Favourite Vegan Quotes/Photos
600 Doctors Attend Conference on Plant Based Nutrition
Dr. Ellsworth Wareham – 98 years old vegan
100 Year Old Retired Heart Surgeon has been Vegan most of his life
Veganism as a Solution to Heart Disease
Why a Vegan HATER turned into a vegan Body Builder
The Best Burger of the Year is.. VEGAN
The Longest Living Dog was VEGAN!?
Human Ancestors Were Nearly All Vegetarian
Common Justifications/Excuses for Eating Meat
Can Cats and Dogs be Vegan!?
Israel’s Soldiers Going Vegan
Which Groups of People Live the Longest?
The Okinawa Diet – longest living in the world
How to Live to be 100+
Ontario Bans Orca Captivity!!
Chef Alain Ducasse has removed all meat from the menu at his Paris restaurant
A New Year’s resolution that’s good for you and the planet
Arnold Schwarzenegger just told the world to stop eating meat the save the planet
Vegan/Plant Based Doctors
- Dr. Neal Barnard
- Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
- Dr. John McDougal
- Book: The Starch Solution
- Dr. Douglas Graham
- Book: The 80/10/10 Diet
- Dr. Michael Greger
The China Study – Dr. T Colin Campell
The pH Miracle – Robert Young
801010- Dr. Douglas Graham
Skinny Bitch- Rory Freedman
Eating Animals – Jonathon Safran Foer
Becoming Vegan – Brenda Davis
Vegan Freak: Being a Vegan in a non Vegan World – Bob Torres
The Food Revolution
The Startch Solution
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
Mike Tyson on Going Vegan
Stevie Wonder with James Corden “Go Vegan”
Miley Cyrus talks Vegan on Jimmy Fallon
Ariana Grande Vegan Weightloss
James Cameron to Launch America’s First All Plant Based Primary School
Emily Deschanel: Vegan Pregnancy
>Sons vegan birthday party
John Stewart Opens Animal Sanctuary
Liam Hemsworth Goes Vegan