Making the decision to go vegan isn’t easy to do, but those who are ready to choose a healthier life can find a great deal of opportunities as a vegan. Being vegan means you don’t eat poultry, meat, or fish. And, you do not eat animal products or use their by-products, which include eggs, cheese, milk, soaps, cosmetics, silk, wool, leather, or honey, for example.
Why Choose to Be a Vegan?
There are many reasons why people choose to be vegan. Many people make this decision because of the impact it can have on the environment, their health, and for ethical reasons. Many people avoid these products because of the treatment of the animals involved, or because of the conditions associated with the production of them.
For example, many people believe that the way animals are treated is not ethical because dairy cows are born and raised to produce dairy. Male calves are often sold for veal or other meats because they do not produce dairy while dairy cows that are older are also sold for meat. Some vegans want to promote a healthy and more humane treatment for animals.
Christie Brinkley has been a vegetarian since she was a teenager, which is why she designed the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare products to be vegan and cruelty-free. Today, Christie is a big proponent of living a full and healthy lifestyle, which includes living la dolce vita. While she does occasionally make an exception (like when she’s in Italy and has some mozzarella), Christie Brinkley eats a mostly vegan diet (no meat or fish, and the only dairy is sheep’s or goat’s yogurt). Being flexible and not “deny-iting” (deny dieting) helps Christie to live her beautiful life (for more information see her latest book, Timeless Beauty).
What Products Are Impacted by Vegan Lifestyle Choices?
It’s important to know that vegan lifestyles can be very healthy. In fact, with careful planning they can help some people to avoid poor health conditions. Nutrition is an important factor in the vegan lifestyle because humans do need nutrition that typically comes from meat, primarily protein, vitamin B12, iron, and calcium. However, there are other vegan versions and sources of these foods available. Vegans eat leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, seeds, legumes, and nuts of all types.
But, the vegan lifestyle goes further than this. It also includes removing products from the diet and lifestyle that are impacted by animals. For example, many people find that choosing vegan-approved cosmetics can not only help in the support for improved animal conditions, but also vegan skincare products generally are designed to be highly effective, without putting animals at risk.
Is becoming a vegan the right decision for everyone?
One of the core concepts of veganism is the belief that they should not shame others, but rather to focus on education and improving conditions. A vegan diet is generally considered to be good for the environment as well as personal health, with some reports saying giving up meat has a greater impact than giving up your car!
For those who are considering this type of lifestyle and diet, it is important to get to know more about it as well as what it means to each person. A personal decision, living a vegan life can be very rewarding.
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