01 November 2019 08:38
Animal free diet or veganism has come a long way. To define veganism, it's a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty, whether for food, clothing or any other purpose. The vegan food diet omits all animal products, including dairy, eggs and meat. This kind of diet is being accepted by more people for both ethical and environmental reasons, and also to improve health. This is a significant reason for more and more people turning vegan.
November 1 is celebrated as world vegan day. So on this occasion, let us take a look at some important points to be kept in mind before going vegan. Start adding more plant-based food to your diet and keep cutting on the meat and dairy one by one. Now it goes without saying that cutting on all sorts of animal-based products takes away a lot of essential nutrients from you. However, it's an important source of protein and people find it important to incorporate it in their diets.
Also, with vegan attracting too much of the lime light, it's obvious to have a lot of restaurants offering special vegan food. World Vegan Day – Going Vegan For One Day A Week World Vegan Day is celebrated annually on 1st November. It was first celebrated in the year 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UK Vegan Society and the term 'Vegan'. World Vegan Day was created by Louise Wallis, a British animal rights activist and the chair of The Vegan Society, to raise awareness about animal rights. History and significance of World Vegan Day: The term Vegan was coined by Donald Watson, an English animal rights advocate who founded the Vegan Society, derived from the word Vegetarian.
"We knew the Society had been founded in November 1944 but didn't know the exact date, so I decided to go for 1 November, partly because I liked the idea of this date coinciding with Samhain/Halloween and the Day of the Dead – traditional times for feasting and celebration, both apt and auspicious," he said. Benefits of a Vegan diet: It is said that a vegan diet is beneficial in keeping diseases like heart diseases, certain cancers, type two diabetes, arthritis and lung and kidney diseases at bay. Since a vegan diet is mainly plant-based, it is high in fiber and low in cholesterol. On World Vegan Day, vegan groups and practitioners organise workshops to highlight the importance of animal rights. "Somebody had put a video up called Scary Dairy, it showed the way that the dairy industry was taking the calves from their mothers," says the 43-year-old builder from Wolverhampton. "That night, after I had the mixed grill, I said to my missus, 'I'm not going to eat meat or dairy any more'," he says. Today is World Vegan Day, an event first held by the Vegan Society 25 years ago. According to the Birmingham-based society, the number of vegans in the UK has quadrupled over the past five years and now accounts for more than 600,000 people. "I think there is a lot more interest among the millennial generation, because they are more involved with social media," he says. In recent years, the profile of the vegan diet has been raised by celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Morrissey, Paul McCartney and Jay-Z who have all embraced the lifestyle. The Good Life restaurant in Shrewsbury has been catering for the vegan and vegetarian market for more than 40 years. Manager Mandie Williams says she has noticed a growing interest in vegan meals over the past few months. "We do get more people coming in asking about vegan meals," she says. "We only used to do two vegan desserts, but we're now offering four or five, it's one of the things people have been asking about," she says. Mr Singh admits that his diet wasn't especially balanced during his first few days as a herbivore. "I just ate lots of crisps and chips and things like that, with a bit of fruit and veg as well," he says. "Coming from an Indian background probably made it a bit easier, as a a lot of our food is vegetable based, whereas in Britain the meat-and-two-veg is a strong tradition." But as veganism has entered the mainstream, the food manufacturers have been swift to cash in, as demonstrated by the recent Tesco advertisement about a father who changes his diet to cope with his young daughter's conscience. Mr Singh says: "Now you can go in almost any pub and restaurant and there will be a vegan option, they do it in J D Wetherspoons. "That pub where I had the mixed grill four years ago now does a vegan mixed grill." He says giving up meat has actually been the easiest part of his new lifestyle. In the early days, Mr Singh says that meat substitute products such as vegan burgers and sausages were a big help, but over the years he has weaned himself of those products and has no desire to go back to them. "I don't want it to taste exactly like meat," he says. "I'm quite active on the scene, and when you see the animals you don't want it to taste like meat." World Vegan Day was the brainchild of West Midland-born DJ and singer Louise Wallis, mark the 50th anniversary of the Vegan Society. The event is now marked around the world with food festivals and tree planting. Wallis, who used the name Luminous in her musical career, says: "We knew the society had been founded in November 1944 but didn't know the exact date, so I decided to go for November 1, partly because I liked the idea of this date coinciding with Halloween and the Day of the Dead – traditional times for feasting and celebration, both apt and auspicious." Once it cools down, add this in a mixer along with the dates. Into this, add thinly sliced bananas and blend them in the mixer.