Veganism

Great Resources For Going Vegan

As some of you may know from my Why Veganism Is For Me post, I finally went vegan on April 6, 2018! For a couple of years before that, I had been about 70% vegan, but I finally made the switch to being 100% vegan. Before I finally decided to make a change, I decided to do some research. I found a lot of different resources that really inspired me and pushed me to turn my vegetarian lifestyle into an ethical vegan lifestyle. Today I thought I would share some different kinds of resources for going vegan. There are so many great resources available that provide lots of education, information, and facts about how going vegan can not only save animals, but also help the environment and have a positive impact on our own health.

Websites
Websites that promote veganism are a good place to start. It’s definitely where I started. They provide so much information about being vegan and the reasons for being vegan. There are so many websites that I spent good time looking through to really educate myself on how being vegan (in all aspects of life) is the best thing anyone can do for themselves, for the environment, and for animals. These are some of my favourite websites that provide a great deal of information, facts, recipes, resources, and more.

One Green Planet
Vegan Outreach
ChooseVeg
TryVeg.com
The Vegan Society
iVegan
Mercy For Animals
Farm Animal Rights Movement
PETA
Compassion Over Killing
Animal Equality
Happy Cow
21-Day Vegan Kickstart
Vegan Starter Kit
The Save Movement
Challenge 22
NutritionFacts.org

Blogs
There are so many amazing vegan blogs on the Internet! I honestly can’t even begin to list them all. There are vegan lifestyle blogs, vegan food blogs, vegan activism blogs, and so much more. Vegan blogs are great because you get to read about someone who follows a vegan diet, and who’s living a vegan lifestyle, and how it is for them. One search for “vegan blogs” on Google will bring up a ton of different vegan blogs. They’re all unique, valuable, and helpful in their own way.

YouTubers/Vloggers
There are also a lot of YouTubers and Vloggers who share a lot of information about being vegan. YouTube is a great resource for just about anything, but it’s an excellent resource to connect the vegan community. It nice to be able to watch videos of like-minded people who share your same values. We all live different lives and have different lifestyles, but YouTube is great at connecting with those we really relate to. There are so many vegan YouTubers who like to share their lives, experiences, recipes, beauty tips, and more all related to being vegan.  A few of my favourite vegan YouTubers/activists are:

The Fairly Local Vegan (ethical vegan lifestyle)
Earthling Ed (vegan activism)
Joey Carbstrong (vegan activism)
Tashina Combs (cruelty-free vegan beauty)
Rhian HY (ethical vegan beauty & lifestyle)

There are so many vegan Youtubers — from all walks of life!  Check out some of these!

Documentaries
I love documentaries! I find them so inspirational and educational. What I really love about them is that they expose things that we wouldn’t normally see — like factory farms and the constant abuse and suffering that animals raised on these farms face every day. Without the people who go undercover and speak out against factory farming, very few people would know what actually happens. There are numerous vegan documentaries that expose not only the animal abuse on factory farms, but also the living conditions of the animals and the consequential health effects of eating meat, drinking dairy, and consuming eggs. These are some of the best vegan documentaries, in my opinion, that show the truth and provide so much information. I will say, however, that some of these are pretty graphic, but it’s important to know why being vegan is the best thing for animals and our own health.

Cowspiracy
What The Health
Earthlings
Forks Over Knives
Vegucated
Live and Let Live
Peaceable Kingdom
Speciesism: The Movie
Food, Inc.
Vegan: Everyday Stories
The Ghosts In Our Machine
Blackfish

Books
I haven’t personally purchased or read any vegan books since becoming vegan, but I know that there are many really great ones available — in bookstores, in libraries, online, etc. Books can be a great resource because they tend to provide a lot more information in more detail. As far as cookbooks go, there are all kinds of vegan ones available that feature vegan recipes ranging from basic to gourmet. I prefer more simple dishes, myself, so I don’t really use any vegan cookbooks, but they can definitely be super helpful for anybody who likes following specific recipes. It all depends what you’re looking for!  Some popular vegan books are:

Forks Over Knives The Cookbook:  Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through The Year by: Del Sroufe

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking:  101 Entirely Plant-Based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes by: Dana Shultz

The Oh She Glows Cookbook:  Vegan Recipes To Glow From The Inside Out by: Angela Liddon

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows:  An Introduction to Carnism by: Melanie Joy, PhD

Mercy For Animals:  One Man’s Quest to Inspire Compassion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals by: Nathan Runkle

Main Street Vegan:  Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World by: Victoria & Adair Moran

A Plea for the Animals:  The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion by: Matthieu Ricard

I really hope this blog post is somewhat helpful to those of you who may be contemplating going vegan. Veganism is still relatively new to me, but having a lot of resources at my disposal and being able to connect with other vegans is so helpful and inspiring. Consuming anything from an animal is just not worth it because of all the negative effects on animals, the planet, and our own health.  Animals are worth far more than our taste buds and we don’t need to be using products that contribute to animal suffering.  Animals are sentient beings who deserve nothing but happiness, love, and freedom.  They don’t deserve to be used, abused, and murdered — and we have no right to do that to them.

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