The main motivation for becoming and staying vegan is to avoid animal suffering. By eating completely plant-based food, you prevent an animal suffering directly or indirectly through your actions. In addition, many vegans believe that it is also better for the environment and your own health.
Vegans are not always understood by everyone and that can lead to resistance. Certainly if, for example, you are the only person in your family who is a vegan.
Becoming a vegan with support from other vegans
Vegans on CallTheONE are happy to give you information and support if you want to become a vegan. They know the pros and cons and know what it's like to live in a world where vegans are in a minority. They can tell you what to look out for and often know a lot about how animals suffer to provide people with food.
Why call a vegan via TheONE?
All the information you need as a vegan can be found on the Internet. But sometimes you come across conflicting information and reading all articles takes a lot of time. The benefits of TheONE are:
- Direct contact with a vegan who answers all your questions
- Calling via a Live Video Connection
- Pay per minute for as long as the call lasts
Ask a vegan
There is a lot involved if you are a vegan. What do you do if you need medication and you are not sure whether it has been tested on animals? Sometimes that information is difficult to retrieve. That is why there are vegans who would like to share very specific information with you. You can go to CallTheONE for questions such as:
- Which medicines have been tested on animals
- In which cleaning products are animals involved?
- Which makeup and care products should I not use
- What disadvantages does veganism have?
Vegans are passionate about how they deal with the world and they usually read a lot about the subject. Get informed and educated about how you can go through life as a vegan and call a vegan at CallTheONE.
What to do if you are the only vegan in your family
If you are the only vegan in your family you want others to take you into account. You may come under pressure from your family who think you are too principled or even being bullied. This often comes from misunderstanding and ignorance about veganism. By talking to other vegans you can better deal with the resistance of your family.
Tips how to deal with resistance to veganism
- Don't argue. Explain what you believe in.
- Collect information so you can learn more about the subject
- Respect that others may have a different belief
- Don't be tempted to eat what you don't want
Can you become a vegan overnight?
Many nutritionists advise against becoming a vegan overnight, and most vegans have done so in small steps. The reasons for this are among others:
Vitamin B12: Our body needs vitamin B12. B12, also known as cobalamin, helps to produce red blood cells. These are needed to be able to absorb enough oxygen. B12 also contributes to a healthy nervous system. Too little B12 can lead to anemia. Because vitamin B12 is only found in animal products, it is advisable to take vitamin B12 supplements as a vegan.
Insufficient absorption of nutrients: Older people, in particular, may suffer from insufficient absorption of nutrients which can lead to a lack of vitamins and minerals.
Iron, protein and Vitamin B2 deficiency: As a vegan you can get enough iron, protein and vitamin B2 by eating legumes, tofu, nuts, sprouted grains, and vegetables, but you do need large portions for that. Although it has been proven that vegans are usually slimmer than carnivores, it is necessary to eat a lot.
Lack of knowledge about veganism: In the beginning it can be difficult to eat vegan because sometimes you don't know which ingredients are present in a certain food.
What influence does veganism have on your sports performance?
More and more top athletes believe in the contribution of a vegan lifestyle to their sports performance and openly admit it. In 1991, top sprinter Carl Lewis set a world record at 100 meters. His time was 9.86 seconds and, according to him, this was due to a year-long being vegan.
Netflix recently released the documentary "The Game Changers". In it, a considerable number of well-known top athletes such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton and tennis player Novak Djokovic explain how their vegan lifestyle has had a positive impact on their sporting performance.
Hamilton is so convinced of a vegan lifestyle that, together with Ryan Bishti, he recently opened the first branch of Neat Burger. This should become a burger chain that sells vegan hamburgers in 14 countries within 2 years. Ryan Bishti says in a press statement. "We are part of a greater movement and want to bring vegetable food to the masses."