Originating in 1994, World Vegan Day was created by Louise Wallis, a prominent animal rights activist, who was seeking a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vegan Society. World Vegan Day is held every year on November 1st and is a way to celebrate and promote veganism.
So, what is being vegan all about? A vegan does not eat any food derived from animals and does not use any other animal products. Everyone has a different reason for becoming vegan and we have three unique perspectives to share with you.
Our team members Rithana, Nisha, and Katelin explained some of the most common myths around veganism and dive into their reasons for becoming vegan. Plus, they share some delicious recipes for you to try at home!
Rithana has always been a huge animal lover and animal rights activist. She knew she wanted her actions to align with her values and made the transition to veganism throughout the pandemic.
What is the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan? Rithana explained most vegetarians still eat dairy products and eggs, while vegans do not eat any animal products whatsoever. There are plenty of misconceptions surrounding veganism. One misconception Rithana mentioned is, veganism is not a diet – it is an ethical decision.
Being vegan means you are not using products tested on animals and are actively trying to protect the rights of animals.
Another team member, Nisha expressed her concern about all the myths about humans needing to consume animal products to be healthy. As a certified vegan health coach and pharmacist, Nisha informed me two tablespoons of tahini give you 12% of your daily intake of calcium. She explained tahini is also easier for your body to digest and absorb than regular milk.
Nisha expressed that by not using any animal-derived products, she was respecting the value of life and making a conscious decision to protect all living beings. This is an important factor for people who are considering becoming vegan.
Another reason people become vegan is for their health. Being vegan can help reduce many health misalignments. Katelin said when she became vegan, her skin got drastically clearer and it helped her digestive system dramatically.
How do you get any protein as a vegan? Katelin has been asked this question many times and in reality, she consumes more than enough protein daily. She tracks her macros and is not struggling to reach her protein goals by eating beans, lentils, oats, tofu, nuts, peanut butter, and protein shakes.
Vegan options have become accessible at fast food chains as well. On the go, Katelin’s favorite vegan fast food is the Impossible Whopper at Burger King or a trip to Taco Bell.
Katelin decided to become vegan when she got her pilot license because there is a fitness exam you have to take regularly and she knew her future career would depend on her health. After watching the popular documentary, ‘What the Health’ she was inspired to become vegan.
To take part in World Vegan Day, try a vegan meal! Nisha, Katelin, and Rithana each shared one of their favorite recipes and they are linked below.
Vegan Red Lentil Curry – Rainbow Plant Life
Spicy Tahini Pasta Sauce – Contentedness Cooking
Baingan Bharta – Holy Cow Vegan
World Vegan Day on 1 November – celebrating for a good cause – World Vegan Day (vegan-day.org)