Vegan as a concept
Vegan is the adoption of the veganism concept – abstinence from animal-derived food substances and products. Going vegan is a personal choice, born out of individual conscience. It has been around for centuries now; the apostle Paul talks about it in Corinthians -that a person is free to follow their conscience regarding food items without any judgment.
Any person who so chooses to dine on only plant-derived food items has gone vegan. A food item that excludes the use of animal ingredients in its preparation can also be referred to as vegan – e.ge. A vegan sandwich. A vegan diet can be essential in avoiding health risks related to animal products.
Vegan as a lifestyle and identity
Veganism is the adoption of habits that promote consciousness towards animal wellbeing. It’s not just a diet habit but a lifestyle too. A vegetarian can dine on fish and eggs, wear fur and more but a vegan won’t. Veganism is about avoiding animal mistreatment and the negative effects of humans’ habit on the environment. It’s about harmonious co-existence with all elements of nature. A vegan lifestyle, therefore, involves:
• Avoidance of animal-related food products and other items like fur.
• Avoidance of products that came at the expense of animal’s wellbeing, e.g., the cruel use of animal labor, clearing out animal habitats to plant crops and more.
• Being language conscious. Vegans avoid terms like “flogging a dead horse,” “keeping all your eggs in one basket,” and more.
• Being kind and cultivating friendly relationships with animals and people alike. Vegans are against cheating and lying
The term vegan has a broad meaning and just keeps expanding as peoples’ consciousness towards concepts of harmonious living grows. The key thing is that one should be free to adopt such concepts into their consciousness and live in harmony with nature and all without forcing it on others too. Paul, in the Bible, says that too!