Veganism and Lifestyle
Veganism, in other words, is the idea of eliminating the exploitation of animals as much as possible in our lives. We live our lives in such a way that we use alternative means and products instead of using or eating animals, not only for the animals but also for the environment.
You already know that a completely vegan diet means not using any products of animal origin or parts thereof. However, the type of vegan lifestyle differs from person to person. What is generally common is to avoid all animal products, such as animal meat, dairy, eggs, honey, and products developed through animal testing, and to eat a plant-based diet whenever possible. ¹
In other words, the goal is to prevent the use of animals by humans for food, commodities, experiments, or anything else that involves the exploitation of animals by humans.
Veganism = endurance?
Now imagine a vegan diet. A hamburger without meat and mayonnaise, just bread and vegetables? Is it a vegan’s fate to grit their teeth and hold back while their family eats cake with milk?
Vegans, like most people, enjoy food every day. The vegan diet is diverse and consists of fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts, grains, seeds, legumes, and all other non-animal, derived ingredients, which in combination allow them to enjoy cakes, burgers, pizza, and other satisfying meals with plant-based ingredients.
Animal Testing and Essentials
Products derived from animals or products that have been tested on animals can be found in more places than you might expect. Medicines, cosmetics, shampoos, soaps…they are all essential to our daily lives. Vegans will use alternatives that are registered as vegan products and avoid using products that have been tested on animals
Japanese and Vegetarianism
Have you ever seen vegan restaurants in Japan? The number of vegan restaurants in Japan is quite small, suggesting that Japanese people are not very interested in vegan food.
Positive images about veganism have not yet become widespread, and many people wonder if a plant-based diet can be nutritiously sufficient.
The word vegan sounds like a new word coming from the West. However, many Japanese have probably forgotten that (Japanese) vegetarian cuisine was originally vegan; this lifestyle and way of thinking should not be too far removed from our culture. ²