“One to change a few. A few to change many. Many to change the world. It all starts with one.” – Anonymous
Living vegan is the number-one way to help animals, heal the planet, and improve your health.
Vegan living means:
- Respecting non-human animals and recognizing that they have a right to live their lives on their own terms free from violence and oppression by humans.
- Making choices that do not harm or exploit other species such as eating an animal-free diet; purchasing clothing, cosmetics and other products not made from other animals; and supporting activities that promote the well-being of non-human animals and the health of our planet
While most of us say we oppose animal cruelty, not everyone lives life according to these values. When we eat the flesh, milk or eggs of non-human animals, wear their skin, fur or hair, or use products that were tested on other species, we subject them to cruelty, a life of suffering, and a horrible death. By living vegan, you’re contributing to the global effort to end this violence.
While more people than ever are taking small strides to protect our planet, many don’t understand the devastating impact animal exploitation has on the environment. By living vegan, you’re helping restore and replenish polluted oceans, rivers, forests and other habitats, as well as cleaning the air we breathe.
The research is clear: a vegan diet is healthy for humans. By living vegan, you can prevent heart disease, improve cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. Eating foods from plants also reduces your risk of contracting many other illnesses including cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, kidney disease, and hypertension. And vegan food is delicious!
Top Tips for Going and Staying Vegan
- Explore and be adventurous. With new vegan products added to the shelves every day, vegan restaurants popping up across the US, animal-free menu items growing ever more popular and non-vegan companies developing vegan product lines, you can now go vegan, have your (cheese, burgers and) cake, and eat it too! Veganize your favorite meals by replacing animal products with cheese and meat substitutes, vegetables, fruits and other animal-free options (e.g., you can use bananas in place of eggs in certain recipes). Explore Compassionate Cuisine for recipes, cooking classes, and our acclaimed cookbook for more meal ideas.
- Stay connected to what inspires you. Your knowledge and passion fuel your life choices. Visit our Sanctuary, read a book, go online, watch a documentary, and talk to others who share your values. Tune in for our weekly Virtual Sanctuary broadcasts, free on Facebook, or book a private video chat through Animals On Call.
- Celebrate your successes. There’s nothing more important to sustaining success than celebrating the victories. As you progress on the path toward vegan living, take the time to acknowledge and appreciate what you’ve accomplished. If you eat a non-vegan dish accidentally at a party or because you don’t want to burden the host, be gentle with yourself. And instead of worrying about your lapses, focus on your growth. This will help you remain positive and motivated. If you want to connect with fellow veg-curious folks (and experienced vegans who can help you on this journey) you can join our vegan Facebook Group: Petunia’s Pals. We share tips & tricks, live videos, and discount codes for vegan offerings — and we have tons of fun together!