What’s a Vegan?

A vegan (VEE-gun) is someone who doesn’t eat any animal products including meat (red meat, poultry and seafood), eggs, and dairy. Some vegans also avoid the use of honey. Vegans may also be called herbivores. Healthy vegans enjoy eating fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Some vegans also enjoy transition or convenience foods such as vegan meats and cheeses.

Vegans avoid buying and wearing animal products including fur, leather, wool, silk, and down. Vegans also avoid using products tested on animals including cosmetics, chemicals, and household cleaners.

Veganism is a lifestyle, not just a diet. Typically people choose veganism for animal rights, environmental and/or health reasons. These are what I consider the three pillars of veganism.

Whatever the reason you are interested in the vegan life, It’s Easy Being Vegan is here to help. As always, send feedback and questions to christine@itseasybeingvegan.com.