To Be Or Not To Be… Vegan?

Veganism is the phenomenon of the 21st-century. The most popular? That’s debatable, but quite popular for certain. It is everywhere, as it’s all over the television, on the radio, and on every social platform that we all consume daily.

There are many fallacies and misunderstandings about what veganism really is so to help us grasp the true meaning we must understand what it is not. 

  1. Veganism does not mean a bland, plain, boring diet.
  2. Vegans do not necessarily translate to being healthy or thin, as many practicing vegans are unhealthy.
  3. Veganism applies to more than just one’s diet.
  4. Being vegan does not have to be expensive. 
  5. Vegan does not mean inferiority.

First, most people have a basic understanding of what it means to be vegan. Visuals of someone consuming everything green is probably the typical image one develops instantly. However, the allowed food pallet of a vegan is much more complex than what one would imagine, including all types of grains, wheats, protein, and even dairy substitutes. How about that?! Veganism offer options that challenge the status quo, and the majority, but nonetheless, those options exist. Being vegan doesn’t instantaneously translate to being fit. It solely means one doesn’t use consume an animal made products. That’s it!

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Moreover, veganism equates to much more than just ones diet. It’s a real life commitment! Every product one uses will be vegan; hair products, body products, household products, clothing. Every member of the family will likely use these products; adults, teens, tweens, toddlers, newborns, and even the pets. There are many brands out there that commit to being 100% vegan, such as Whiff & Sniff Candle Company and The Honest Company , that make shopping for vegan families easy. The popularity of vegan brands have grown tremendously in recent years. Jordanian Luxe Beauty by Leyali Haddad and Unicoils are a couple care lines we support as well.

Furthermore, many people believe being vegan is a pricey practice. While veganism has popularized in recent years, the costs of a vegan meal plan have decrease dramatically. Many restaurants now offer vegan & vegetarian options for a reasonable price; this wasn’t the case just 5 years ago. One of my favorite vegan meals to go is Taco Bell’s Bean Burrito; it’s delicious! It’s $1.99 – $2.49, depending on the location, but that’s a steal! While the costs of maintaining a vegan diet has decreased dramatically, the case is a little different for products for non-consumption. Often, these types of products have a higher initial investment, but have a longer product life, or are reusable or offer some type of benefit that make them a better investment in the long term. 

While much skepticism surrounds the topic of veganism, I strongly suggest that everyone give it a try! There are substitutes for practically everything, and as with anything there are ways to do it on a budget. I promise it’s not as drastic as one may think!