Vegan Lifestyle - Veganism in the modern era

As we have already established being a vegetarian means that you can eat a wide range of foods apart from animal meat and fish. You can feed on fruits, vegetables and animal products like cheese. This lifestyle is socially accepted and labelled a healthy choice. Veganism, on the other hand, is a lifestyle that discourages the killing of animals and fish. This lifestyle choice also means that you have to avoid all animal products and extracts like lard and fat. Vegans have to carefully check the ingredients of products they are buying. For example, vegans can’t buy gelatine which is made from connective tissues and bones of animals. Gelatin is used as cohesive agents in candy and some desserts. Vegans also have to avoid some wines which use fish in the oenology process. Vegans also have to avoid cheese that is made from rennet (this is sourced from young calves).

Being a vegan seems tiresome and irritating but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In the modern and developed countries veganism has been on the rise. Millennials are of the mindset that the world has to reduce its consumption of animals and their products. This has led to an increase of people who associate as vegan. Modern trends such as blogs and vlogs have proliferated the rise of vegans.

Vegan products are also widely available and in a wide variety in both physical and online stores. The modern era is well structured to support people who associate as vegans. The demand for vegan products has also made it easier to be a vegan now as businesses go out of their way to meet this demand.

However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for vegans. They do endure a fair share of challenges. One such challenge is mealtimes. Currently, society puts an unnecessary focus on food. When you attend a social gathering, eating food is a vital part of the celebrations. For vegans, this part is sometimes a letdown as most people won't incur the extra cost of making sure that the menu is vegan-friendly. This makes it rather challenging and wanting for vegans to attend such events. It isn’t humane and comfortable for vegans to attend celebrations that serve animal foods.

Sooner or later even holdouts will need to accept that veganism is an unavoidable step on the path to an ethical and authentic life. The unwelcome experiences that society places on vegans will seem trivial compared to the significant changes veganism brings to the quality of life. The consumption of animals and their products is a large contributor to the extinction of these creatures. When people think of veganism through this perspective, veganism takes a different look from what many people believe it to be.

Another challenge vegans face today is interacting with people who feel challenged by an individual’s commitment to veganism. Regular interactions are sure to turn heated and uncomfortable to endure. Hopefully, as the popularity of veganism grows, people will take an open-minded approach and try to understand what it’s all about. They are getting educated on veganism. This enables them to understand and see that veganism isn’t all about food. Rather it’s about the commitment to nonviolence living and one shouldn’t be ridiculed for adopting a lifestyle that is not only good for themselves but for humanity in general.

People’s perspective of veganism is that it’s a lifestyle that only needs you to give up things. Giving up the sensational and pleasurable taste of your favourite food, giving up fashionable clothing pieces or furniture, giving up the chance to experience some social experiences and ultimately some friendships. These all make it sound like being a vegan is hard but once you buy into the belief, you will understand that you were meant to lose a few things and people along the way to better yourself.

It is challenging being a rookie vegan. The learning curve is challenging while forming new habits is never easy. This will pass by with timetime. A consolation for adopting this lifestyle is that every time you settle for a vegan alternative in place of animal products and foods, we save animals for trivial things such as comfort, taste and habits.

As the vegan collective keeps on growing, the more we reap rewards. Vegans get more delicious and abundant vegan foods as businesses and farmers alike aim to satisfy our needs and tasting. There is a rise of fashion designers that believe in the vegan lifestyle. This makes it easier to get access to fashionable animal-free clothing. The more vegans there are, the easier it will be for vegan centred markets to pop up across the globe.
Over time, it gets easier being vegan. People get more comfortable and our old habits seem more archaic and undesirable. Maintaining the vegan lifestyle becomes an exigent that moulds the way we perceive what is right and wrong. As time passes, we realize it's not that our veganism has become second nature to us, but that veganism is, in fact, our real nature.