About Veganism

Veganism.
The use of this term has grown exponentially over the past decade. Often, people already have some attached connotation from what they hear or see from past experiences.As a Vegan myself, I’ve often heard the terms: angry vegan, peaceful vegan, the tree lovers, the hypocrites, etc. Despite these words, they don’t mean anything to me but it doesn’t mean I’m oblivious. But what I know is these words don’t define me as a human being.The beautiful thing about Veganism is it makes its way into someones life at one point in time. Whether, you know a guy who knows a guy who is best friends with a Vegan, everyone stumble upon one person who is Vegan.

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Being a Vegan doesn’t mean restriction. It doesn’t include starving yourself. It doesn’t include fad-diets or crazy low-carb deprivations, nor does it include just vegetables.. Its about living in abundance. In other words, addition by subtraction. By removing the excess, you are essentially making room for more growth for your life.  Sounds a little crazy or too good to be true, right? Yeah, you’re right, but its the truth.

Everyone has their own values and reasons behind why they choice to live this way. Whether it be ethics, health, animals or athletic performance you can benefit from it. Just like anything else under the sun there are numerous variations that fall underneath the umbrella of Veganism.

(A full disclaimer to keep in mind before reading the ‘Vegan Types’. These titles are broad and do not mean anything. If you are Vegan now or thinking about living this lifestyle, you don’t need to pick which category you will be in. The idea is to do what works for you and your lifestyle. These are simple explanations of each. Truth be told, in our modern day culture, they’re pretty mixed together into one.)

Types of Vegans:

  • Ethical Vegan. An Ethical Vegan does not consume any animal by-products such as meat, fish, eggs, cheese, dairy, honey, etc. They do not wear leather, fur, silk, or any other clothes made from animals. They also do not use cosmetic products that were tested on animals. As well as they do not support the entertainment exploitation of animals, such as zoos and circuses.
    They believe in equality for all living beings, and do not support the exploitation of animals in any way.
  • Planet Based Vegan.  Its a diet surrounding plants. This includes; fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes refined foods like bleach flour, refined sugars, and oil (usually).
  • Raw Vegan. A raw foods diet is made up of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state, without cooking or steaming.
  • Junk Food Vegan.  A junk food vegan is a who regularly consumes highly processes foods. For example: vegan ice creams, tofu, cheeses, etc.

Types of Diets:

  • High Carb Low Fat. A high carb, low fat diet includes mostly raw fruits, raw vegetables, cooked vegetables, cooked carbs (rice quinoa, potatoes, corn), and beans, with a few nuts and seeds.
  • 801010. The 80/10/10 diet is a low-fat, raw, vegan diet that focuses on consuming raw food and carbohydrates. The diet break up their calories as 10 percent fat and 10 percent protein. The other 80 percent comes from complex carbohydrates.
  • Raw Till Four: Raw Till 4 is consuming raw food during the daytime and consuming a cooked meal in the evening for dinner.

For More Information:

Books:
◦ The 801010 Diet Book by Douglas Graham. http://www.amazon.com/The-80-10-Diet/
◦ The China Study by T. Colin Campbell (Plant Based Diets). http://www.amazon.com/The-China-Study

Videos/Documentaries:
◦ 101 Reasons To Go Vegan Video | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4HJc…
◦  Cowspiracy Documentary |  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wwNnCjIfmU
◦ TEDxMunchen | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0VrZPBskpg
◦ Forks Over Knives Video | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-roZi4kAp90


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