I am thrilled you’ve landed on this page! Whether you have been a vegan for a while, or are just wondering what the vegan lifestyle is about, I am happy to “meet” you here! You are welcome to start here and learn more about me, the girl behind the Pretty Vegan Fit website,
and what’s in it for You.
What is Pretty Vegan Fit about?
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When I decided to “go vegan” in January 2015, it was for one and only reason: I didn’t want to contribute to the mass murder of innocent animals anymore.
It might sound silly for some people, but I only needed 2 videos on Youtube to understand that what people (and me back then) are doing to the animals is simply wrong.
It is wrong for many reasons. Ethical, religious, humane, environmental, you name it.
But I won’t be going into more details about those reasons.
Well, maybe not now. I may reconsider and share my thoughts about them later.
At this moment, I want to concentrate more on the positive sides of what the vegan lifestyle means.
So, what does living a vegan lifestyle mean?
There are many different approaches to eating. Some people eat anything and everything. Others don’t eat meat or they eat meat once a week. If you didn’t know, there is a number of vegetarian nations across the globe. In addition, there are many (we will talk numbers below) who avoid meat and animal products altogether.
They embrace a vegan lifestyle.
A vegan is someone who does not eat and use any animal products. That means they don’t eat meat. They also don’t eat eggs or dairy. No butter, no cheese, and no milk. Most vegans also don’t eat honey. They don’t wear leather or use products tested on animals.
Vegans avoid animal products for a number of reasons including but not limited to:
- Health concerns – there are statistics connecting animal products to disease.
- Moral beliefs – many vegans (me included) have beliefs connected to not using animals for human gain. That means that they also don’t wear silk, wool, leather or use any products tested on animals.
- Environmental concerns – farming animals and animal products are believed by many to be detrimental to the environment.
We’ll look at these reasons more closely in a bit. First, let’s take a closer look at some statistics about being vegan and what the lifestyle involves.
Veganism is growing in popularity (1), (2). There are now one million vegans in America. The numbers are even higher in Europe. According to this article, the highest percentage of the vegan population is in Israel (3). It’s increased, along with vegetarianism, quite significantly over the past few years.
Why use cruelty-free products?
There are thousands of horror stories out there about animal testing. Millions of innocent dogs, cats, mice, monkeys and many other living creatures are living a miserable life or being horrifically killed to create the “beauty” products.
To me, there is no beauty in that…
Trust me, there are so many great brands that make awesome products without the unnecessary suffering of our tiny friends! I will be adding my favourite products to the list here.
Is fitness routine different for vegans?
Unless you have a medical condition that can affect or limit your fitness routine, being a vegan shouldn’t stop you from enjoying sports and exercising. Proper nutrition is one of the main components of healthy living, whether you are vegan or not.
But, as a vegan, if you want to build a lean body, you have to ensure you eat properly. Macros (protein, carbs, fat) and micros (vitamins and minerals) are very important and make up a balanced diet.
But what if your family is not vegan?
How to get your family on your side?
Though vegan living is a great choice, it is still your personal choice. I would love to see everyone on this planet going vegan, but I don’t believe in the use of force. I don’t believe it for one reason:
It Has to Come from the Person’s heart!
If it doesn’t, it will be harder to commit to it.
Though I have been a vegan for almost 6 years now, and my family has been enjoying vegan meals my husband and I make, they haven’t switched to a vegan diet completely.
Sometimes I feel like a huge failure. If I cannot change my own family, how can I ask others to become vegans?
Well, I can’t.
It Has to Come from the Person’s heart!
This is the only way.
Even if you are just trying to cut out on meat or dairy products, you are doing a right thing already!
Every small step is helpful!
So, what do you think? Are you ready to start here and now?