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  • ChrisFord
    Technically, the term vegan refers to more than just the diet alone. A vegan is a strict vegetarian who avoids eating or using all animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, and any foods containing by-products of these ingredients (and honey), as well as wool, silk, leather, and any nonfood items made with animal byproducts. Veganism is not a diet. Rather, it is a philosophy. Diet plays a critical role in the philosophy, just as it does in some religious practices.

    A vegetarian avoids eating or using all animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, and any foods containing by-products of these ingredients, but uses wool, silk, leather, and any nonfood items made with animal byproducts.

    A person who avoids the consumption of animal products some or most of the time is called a semi-vegetarian.

    A person who avoids the consumption of animal products, but consumes eggs and dairy products is called a lacto-ovo vegetarian.


    If you avoid the consumption of animal products, but enjoy a splash of cream from cow's milk in your tea, you are lacto vegetarian. If you ride a motorcycle or scooter and wear leather gear, you're not vegan. If you wear a wool coat, fur coat, or wool pants, you're not vegan. If you do ride, and really want to be vegan, check out Corazzo. It's the first and only PETA-Approved Vegan motorcycle, scooter and moped riding gear company in North America. I was surprised to hear that Karel wasn't at all interested in eliminating animal products, like motorcycle gear and other clothing from his life when he proclaimed he is vegan, but in listening to the podcast, I understand his focus is only on a dietary choice (which makes him a lacto vegetarian. He's lost 100 lbs switching over to a vegetarian diet, which means he has to buy new clothes and gear anyway. Why not share this story with Corazzo (https://www.corazzo.net), and ask about sponsorship. Perhaps they'd be interested in sponsoring segments or the "3 Then Free" program.

    Other variations include, pesco (fish), and pollo (chicken). So, a lacto-ovo-pesco-pollo vegetarian is a vegetarian who consumes dairy, eggs, fish and chicken as part of their primarily vegetarian diet.

    Basically, a vegetarian is someone who eats plant products as the main source, and may accent this with dairy, egg, poultry or fish, but doesn't eat red meats.

    Veganism is far more than diet. When you say you're vegan, you are absolutely saying you are a vegetarian, but that you have a compassion for all life that overrides individual issues of custom, convenience, comfort or cuisine. The Vegan Society defines veganism as a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

    You can't say you're vegan and wear clothing or use products made from an animal's body. You can't say you're vegan out of one side of your mouth, and that you respect and value human life over a cow's life out of the other. I think it is fair to say that by actively eliminating these products from your life, and aligning with vegan ethics, you can call yourself a vegan without being a hypocrite.

    According to the Vegan Society, vegans avoid exploiting animals for any purpose, with compassion being a key reason many choose a vegan lifestyle. From accessories and clothing to makeup and bathroom items, animal products and products tested on animals are found in more places than you might expect. Fortunately nowadays there are affordable and easily-sourced alternatives to just about everything.

    I am not vegan - it's something I haven't been able to commit to personally... yet. It IS a journey. Currently, my diet is lacto-ovo-pesco-pollo vegetarian. I do, very rarely eat red meat (grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free, organic), but it's been slowly depleted from my diet over time. A typical meal for me now, consists of about 80-100% vegetable.

    However, I support vegan ethics and encourage anyone who's even just curious to take the 30-day vegan pledge at the Vegan Society. They're a plethora of resources and information, and it's free. The pledge is simple action you can take that will have a positive effect not just on you but on many other lives, and it will get you on the road to a healthier, lighter and more vibrant life.

    Sign up via email on the Vegan Society website, and you’ll get advice on all aspects of a vegan diet, including recipes for 30 days. I really encourage everyone to explore their website and take this pledge. I guarantee it will change your perspective, and really enlighten you on what veganism is. https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/take-vegan-pledge

    If you're more interested in just the dietary aspects, both the Vegan Society and the Vegetarian Society offer a ton of free resources on their websites, including recipes and information about products.

    Vegetarian Society
    https://www.vegsoc.org/

    Vegan Society
    https://www.vegansociety.com

    I am a cancer survivor (colon cancer diagnosed at age 38) and at 49 years old, I am currently undergoing treatment for an incurable blood disease and coronary artery disease. I suffered a massive heart attack just a little over a year ago, and have a stent in my right carotid artery. Prior to cancer, I would never have imagined my future to look as it does today. I was an athlete - boxer and long-distance cyclist. Just a month prior to my cancer diagnosis, I completed an 800 mile ride on my bicycle. I wore a size 32 waist, had about 9% body fat and weighed 160 lbs. My diet consisted of about 90% red meat with potatoes and bread.

    I've always had a passion for food, though. I worked as a food critic on a Food Network show for five seasons, and have reviewed more than 250 restaurants around the world. I've dined at 14 of Gordan Ramsay's restaurants, and toured each of their kitchens. I cooked my own steak at Gordan's Savoy Grill in London, and have met and dined with him and a handful of other celebrity chefs over the years. Food was just about everything to me. My primary work is in a medical field, though. I work as a consultant in the medical device sector, helping manufacturers to ensure safety and efficacy of their products.

    I have survived some very scary health crises, and have been given X number of days to live multiple times. I've taken as many as 13 pills a day - now down to 5 - and have come to realize that food is medicine. If it weren't for my lifestyle changes, I would not be here typing this right now, and can assure you, I would have been dead years ago.
    Technically, the term vegan refers to more than just the diet alone. A vegan is a strict vegetarian who avoids eating or using all animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, and any foods containing by-products of these ingredients (and honey), as well as wool, silk, leath...See more
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  • RayRayPa
    I've been Vegan for about 5 days. I've already lost 3 lbs.!
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  • bethie8763
    I went to, Trader Joe's today, and bought all vegan stuff. Going to be starting again today. I've been vegan on and off for years. I feel a lot better, when I don't eat animal products.
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