Thinking About Becoming Vegan? Here's Everything You Need To Know
By Georgia Aspinall Posted on 10 Jan 2018
Veganism has become synonymous with hipsters, the butt of every annoying dad joke and the general laughing stock of the meat-eating world. It’s developed quite the reputation, but not everything with a bad reputation deserves it. In fact, since humans consuming meat is the second largest cause of the world losing 60% of our wildlife, it seems like vegans may be onto something. And with one in eight people now vegan or vegetarian, one on fifth of us attempting to cut back on meat, more people than ever agree.
So, with World Vegan Day to celebrate, we’ve deep-dived into everything Veganism to find out exactly how to become vegan, vegan recipes you definitely need to know and how to maintain a healthy diet as a vegan. Here to bust myths, provide celebrity inspiration and generally show you how not to be the ‘vegan dick’ stereotype, welcome to our guide for all that is plant-based…
What Is Veganism? Is Veganism Right For Me?
These are the questions you should definitely be asking if your considering taking the plunge. We asked an adult for you, because you can hardly trust your right-wing granddad to give you sage meat-free advice.
From why people do it to where you need to start, our adults have the inside knowledge on veganism.
Reasons You Need To Be Vegan
It’s not always about the logical reasons you should go vegan, it’s also about the fact that Jeremy Corbyn dabbles in it, so like OF COURSE you should try it.
SOLD. Pass me the avocado,
A FULL COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO VEGAN WINE? Wow, as if I wasn’t already drowning myself in veg and almond milk.
It just gets better. Now you can be vegan AND a drunken Christmas lout. Vegan wine step aside…
Because apparently you can still eat ALL the carbs and still look as fabulous as Tallulah Harlech.
Only number 1219032 to become vegan this year, you get a whole host of new blogs to follow…
Vegan Recipes & Food Inspiration
It’s easy to see WHY people become vegan, it’s not so easy to understand how you can sustain it. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up all the amazing vegan recipes out there and tested out all the best vegan substitutes…
Because you can’t just stroll down to your local takeaway anymore when you’re feeling lazy, theres a new movie on Netflix or it’s just Sunday (and Sunday is when we eat alllllll the comfort food.)
Again, it’s Sunday and you NEED gravy.
Sometimes you just need to be a little extra with your breakfast. Besides, the office kitchen can’t only be used for shit cups of coffee and hoarding oats.
Want to make #gainz ethically? These vegan protein recipes will give your muscles the boost they need and stop the dreaded ‘VEGAN DIETS AREN’T NUTRITIOUS ENOUGH’ argument in it’s tracks.
The thought of giving up IKEA meatballs turning you off veganism? Worry no longer, we’ve got IKEA meatballs AND how to make them at home. Living the dream.
Are you even vegan if you don’t circle every meal you eat on social media?
NANDOS WHO? Your house will be the new haunt for 15-year-olds which too much money once word gets out about this delicious recipe.
Perfect when you’ve turned down far too many barbecue invites over Summer, these vegan and vegetarian substitutes will have you drooling. You might need to take your own barbecue though…
Pancake substitutes are notoriously shite, nothing quite beats the real thing you used to get growing up before you defied your parents every wish and became a ‘hippie’. These recipes however, we’re betting your parents won’t even notice the difference.
Does anything kill motivation to stay health and on-track than a hangover? One glass of wine too many and suddenly it’s ‘FUCK RESOLUTIONS I’M HUNGRY AND TIRED AND I NEED BACON’. Luckily for you, we have a tonne of easy fry-up alternatives for when that dreaded time comes.
Is there any other reason to be alive other than to watch, make and drown yourself in Harry Potter treats?
I say this as someone who asked ‘whose that?’ when Voldemort appeared on the screen in a midnight showing of the final film (Yes, I was forced to go. Yes, everyone there hated me).
Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out and fabulous chocolate-filled holidays like Easter. Buy all the eggs you want as a treat for being such a fab, ethical person this year.
Christmas as a vegan doesn’t have to be difficult, you can even count it down like the rest of us, with a shit-tonne of chocolate. Okay, maybe not a shit-tonne, but a small square every day till you get ALLLL the chocolate on the 25th.
Vegan Restaurants You Need To Try
While you’re more likely to find fabulous vegan food at local, independent businesses sometimes you just can’t avoid those ‘LET’S ALL GO NANDO’S’ group chat moments. Luckily, we’ve hunted down the best vegan options at all of your non-vegan fan favourites.
Yes, there is such a thing as vegan pizza and yes it is delicious. Controversial opinion alert: pizza is better without cheese. Especially these pizzas.
Feel absolutely shocked and disgusted at my previous statement? Lucky for you, vegan cheese is also a thing. Pizza Hut vegan cheese? Even better.
Last Summer, we were treated to a vegan festival that will make any meat eater regret ever ridiculing your diet. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it returns next year to once again satisfy our food festival cravings.
Vegan Fashion And Beauty Inspiration
Being vegan isn’t just about giving up dairy and meat, it’s a lifestyle choice that goes across ALL aspects of your life including fashion and beauty. Check out our top picks for keeping yourself looking and smelling and feeling fabulous…
Finding vegan beauty products can be hard when SO MANY major brands still test on animals. However, we have the lowdown on all things beauty to keep your skin hydrated and soft.
It’s not just finding faux-leather boots, it’s also ensuring your fashion isn’t falling foul to non-vegan manufacturing processes. Check out our most ethical, vegan-friendly boots to wear this Winter.
Which Celebrities Are Vegan?
Have a click through, you might see some faces you would NEVER think of…
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UK-based music artist JME is into more than just grime - try plant-based diets.
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Miley went on the path to veganism in 2014 after her beloved dog Floyd died, which prompted her to stop consuming animal products. She even has a tattoo of a sunflower with leaves that form a “V” shape - a symbol of which is often used to represent veganism on food labels.
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Joining Miley in 2015, Liam decided to be vegan. “The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to [eat meat],” he told Men’s Fitness. “There are no negatives to eating like this,” he told the magazine. “I feel nothing but positive, mentally and physically. I love it.”
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Kate Winslet has been an advocate for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for several years now, and she’s also narrated videos about boycotting restaurants that serve foie gras.
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Natalie Portman is such a strong believer in the vegan diet that she produced and narrated a new documentary called Eating Animals, which is all about the people who raise and grow our food.
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J-Lo credits her high energy levels to a plant-based diet. Well, something has to fuel all of that dancing, after all!
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Supermodel and UN environmental ambassador Gisele believes that going vegan is a good way to fight climate change. Plus, she always has glowing skin, and we reckon her diet must contribute to that.
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Jenna Dewan Tatum
Jenna Dewan Tatum was previously a vegetarian, but has since switched over to a vegan diet. She told Natural Health magazine that after the switch, her “skin cleared up, I had a ton more energy and I just felt clearer in the head.”
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Pop sensation Ariana Grande is another A-lister who’s a fan of the vegan diet. In 2013, she told The Mirror, “I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding. But I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-round happier person.”
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Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch became a full vegan in 2015. She’s even launched her own vegan podcast!
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Sia has been a vegetarian since 2010 and a full vegan for the last few years. But our real question is: how does she eat under that mass of hair?
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Kat Von D
As well as following a vegan diet, Kat Von D’s cosmetics company, Kat Von D Beauty, has vegan products. These don’t contain any animal products or by-products, and haven’t been tested on animals, either.
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Rooney and Kate Mara
Both Kate and Rooney Mara lead the vegan lifestyle. And did you know that Rooney is also gluten-free?
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Emily, sister of Zoe Deschanel has long been a vegan and a supporter of animal rights.
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The Hunger Games star Woody Harrelson is both vegan and a fan of the raw food diet. Basically, he eats very clean.
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Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson is on a vegan mission. She claims it has cleared her skin and given her heaps of energy, hence why her Instagram is packed with vegan food snaps and recipes.
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Like her sis Lucy, Tiffany Watson is also an advocate of the vegan diet. They’re even working on a joint vegan restaurant feature!
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Is Demi Moore proof that a vegan diet is anti-ageing? We think so.
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During an interview with AOL in 2016, Stevie said, “I’ve been a vegan for two years, so that’s helped my already good-looking self. I think that eating healthy is important.” What a sense of humour.
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Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has been a vegetarian for almost 15 years, and he’s also recently become vegan.
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Pamela Anderson is a big PETA campaigner and has taken part in over 20 initiatives over the last 20 years, in a bid to encourage more people to turn vegan and vegetarian.
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Leona Lewis grew up in a vegan household, so a plant-based diet comes naturally to her. Over the years she’s switched between vegan and vegetarian diets.
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Here’s an interesting fact: Thandie Newton was named PETA’s “Sexiest Vegan of 2014” in the UK.
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Believe it or not, but boxer David Haye is also a vegan. He’s been following a plant-based diet since 2014, and has even launched his own range of vegan protein.
What Not To Do As A Vegan
Basically, don’t be a dick about it…
Educate, fine? Interrogate, not okay.
This may surprise you, but you can actually be vegan and have a sense of humour. Case en point…
Hopefully this will turn more of your friends vegan and you’ll stop getting ignored in the group chat…
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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.
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