The food featured on this blog is plant-based and nut-free! It is plant-based because I am vegan and it is nut-free because of allergies/sensitivities. On this page I’d like to explain a little about veganism. To be sure we are on the same wave: here are two important definitions.
Vegetarians abstain from consuming animals, so they don’t eat meat, fish or any other animals or products made out of animal bodies like insects or gelatin. The practice of vegetarians is called vegetarianism.
Vegans, in addition, also abstain from the use of every other animal product, like milk, butter, cheese, eggs, honey, leather, wool and silk. The practice of vegans is called veganism.
There are many variations on these ‘diets’ or lifestyles, but for simplicity I leave it like this.
What do vegans eat?
Vegans don’t eat animal products, but they do eat everything else! Fruits, vegetables, beans, like soy beans, kidney beans and black beans, peas like chickpeas and lentils, other legumes like peanuts, tubers like potatoes and sweet potatoes, grains like wheat, buckwheat, spelt, rye, oat, rice and corn, mushrooms, seeds, nuts, sprouts, seaweeds, bulbs like garlic, rhizomes like ginger, all herbs and spices, sugar and salt – and all derived products! You may have specific dietary wishes, but know there’s plenty of plant-based food to choose from!
Is eating plant-based hard?
It may seem hard to do at first, eating vegan or plant-based, but it gets easier. I promise! It will take some time and effort to adapt, but you will get the hang of it.
The most important thing in the beginning is paying special attention to ingredient lists of the products you buy. You will probably find that lots of pre-packaged foods contain some animal products. Don’t let this get you down! Because there is still a lot left to choose from, really, so give it a try. In the beginning you’ll have to check every label, but your inner catalogue of vegan food will expand and make life a lot easier. However, sometimes recipes thus ingredients get altered by the producer, so keep that in mind.
Doing some research will help you as well, plus it will keep your motivation levels high. I recommend engaging in vegan communities or fora on the internet and reading positive vegan websites and blogs. This way you will be provided with recipes, ideas, specific products to eat or not eat and whatever you wish for.
Also, veganism is on the rise thus stores and restaurants are offering more and more vegan options. You might even be having vegan meals without realizing it!
Why would you go vegan?
People go vegan for a variety of different reasons. Those reasons are often being categorized as such:
- your health; and
- world hunger.
That’s an impressive list! No?
Many websites and other sources provide information about the reasons to go vegan or to eat less animal products. I will not go into detail, because I think enough other sources cover the topic well.
Here I’d like to share some experiences concerning veganism, including some serious stuff, but also all the other things I find nice and helpful in any way. I hope my writings can be of use for anyone interested in eating plant-based, by bringing some clarity on how it can be done. A great deal of the veganism related content will consist of recipes, recipe wannabees and specific food products. There will also be content suitable for vegans with allergies, since I have a nut allergy myself and I have experience with other excluding or specific diets.
I became a vegan in late 2014 and I got used to it quickly. Though, the world is complicated and there is always more to learn! So let us take this journey together and be awesome.