Welcome to Vegan Journey!
This page provides links to numerous articles and websites covering various aspects of what it means to be vegan. Scroll down for links to articles about vegan living and vegan recipes!
Vegans are people who choose to not exploit animals as part of their lifestyle.
In short, this means they do not eat animals or anything that comes from animals. Nor do they use leather, wool, feathers, or fur, or support animal-based entertainment, such as animal circus or rodeo shows.
They avoid products, including household and personal care items, that are made with animal-derived ingredients or that are tested on animals. Sometimes the term "cruelty-free" is used to describe foods and products that are made without harming animals.
The idea of living a vegan lifestyle is to eliminate, as much as is possible, the pain and suffering that is inflicted upon animals. In so doing, we also have a tremendous positive impact on the earth's environment and improve our own personal health.
Being vegan is a journey we take much more than it is a destination at which we arrive.
Within the vegan community, there are many different ways of expressing our vegan ideals. There is no absolute "right" or "wrong" - just individuals and families doing what feels right and achievable for them at the present moment in their journey. It is about doing our personal best, not about being perfect or superior to others.
Scroll down this page to find links to various articles with helpful information, insights, and ideas for you to consider as you explore what being vegan means to you.
Why vegans do not consume or use animal products
How does being vegan make a difference?
Vegan Nutrition and Information
A reduction in meat consumption is the most powerful single act that you can take to halt the destruction of our environment and preserve our natural resources.
— John Robbins
Family and Community
Creating Community, Family Relationships, and Raising Children
If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.
— Linda and Paul McCartney
Recipes and Food!
Food Preparation Tips, Tricks, and Gadgets
Find Specific Recipes Online
If you're looking for a specific recipe, try doing an online search for
"vegan [name of dish] recipe".
Here are a few websites with extensive vegan recipe listings
Recipes and lots of other information.
- Vegan Recipes - Allrecipes.com
Plant-based diets are healthier, environment-friendly, and really yummy. Our collection has over 1,940 real-people-tested vegan recipes for cooking and baking. Don't forget dessert!
Recipes and more!
- Fatfree Vegan Recipes
A multitude of recipes!
Compassion is the foundation of everything positive, everything good. If you carry the power of compassion to the marketplace and the dinner table, you can make your life really count.
— Rue McClanahan
Here are some excellent websites for information about the vegan lifestyle
- Vegetarian Resource Group
This is VRG's "Veganism in a Nutshell" page. From here you can navigate to lots of different pages about veganism.
- Vegan Outreach
Free starter guide and lots more!
Articles and discussion boards of interest to every member of the family.
- International Vegetarian Union
Information available in various languages with information specific to different regions of the world.
- Happy Cow -- Animal Ingredient List
Long list of animal-derived ingredients. From here you can navigate to Happy Cow's extensive website of vegan information.
- HedWeb -- Animal Ingredient List
List of animal ingredients without detailed descriptions.
Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
— Albert Einstein
Where are you in your journey? - Your comments are welcome here!
Valerie Bloom (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on February 13, 2014:
@Diana Wenzel: Remember, every cruelty-free meal is a good deed! Don't feel badly about what you don't do or "should be doing." Celebrate all of the good and wonderful things you are doing in your life!
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on February 13, 2014:
I am not nearly as close as I would like to be. I'm working on it.
Valerie Bloom (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on February 13, 2014:
@Merrci: Thanks! I'm glad you've found it so useful!
Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on February 13, 2014:
What a great collection. Love how you've laid it out. I'm bookmarking so I can come back and spend more time.
Valerie Bloom (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on January 18, 2014:
@evawrites1: Thank you! I'm so glad you're enjoying this collection of vegan lenses!
evawrites1 on January 18, 2014:
Great lens! I hope many people will read it!
Valerie Bloom (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on June 10, 2013:
@ShelbyLinMarie: I'm so glad you stopped by and enjoyed the lens! Thanks!
ShelbyLinMarie on June 10, 2013:
Love this!!! This very vegan chick appreciates the time and effort that you have spent. The links are awesome too! Thank you!
Valerie Bloom (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on December 06, 2012:
@anonymous: Thank you so much for your kind comments! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and found the information helpful and user-friendly!
anonymous on December 05, 2012:
Vegival, you make me proud to be a vegan.
This site is spectacular! It's visually pleasing, greatly informative, and easy to navigate, even for the technologically clumsy (like myself). Eventually I may even figure out what "lenses" are.
victoriahaneveer on October 22, 2012:
Interesting I enjoyed this one
Valerie Bloom (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on October 19, 2012:
@Sybillinart: I just visited your lens -- really good stuff! Thanks for sharing!
Sybillinart from Ecuador on October 19, 2012:
Lots of links and information! Nice lens! I if you are interested, check my lens on raw food (vegan of course!): https://hubpages.com/food/raw-food-journey-2
these are journey for health!
anonymous on October 13, 2012:
Very nice lense, thanks for sharing :)
Valerie Bloom (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on October 12, 2012:
anonymous on October 12, 2012:
Interesting! I admire what you have done here.
gregs411 on October 11, 2012:
In my household my wife makes sure that eat a lot of fresh vegetables. Nice lens and good information. Thanks.
anonymous on October 11, 2012:
thanks for the valuable information
anonymous on October 09, 2012:
I'm not sure we'll ever go vegan, but I do love to change things up with vegan recipes.
Valerie Bloom (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on October 08, 2012:
@rvmom26: I'm glad you found this helpful. You are welcome to send me a private message if you have any questions about vegan living!
rvmom26 on October 08, 2012:
Very interesting...I have been reading up on the vegan diet for its health benefits.
mcadloni on October 06, 2012:
nice lens lots of ideas for cooking vegan
Valerie Bloom (author) from Pennsylvania, USA on October 06, 2012:
@JoshK47: Thanks for visiting. We all have our own path to walk and our own choices to make. Peace!
JoshK47 on October 06, 2012:
Interesting stuff here - thanks for sharing! I personally am not vegan, nor do I ever plan to be - but I respect those who are! :)