3 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Vegan-Friendly


A true Vegan knows that being so extends beyond one’s diet and kitchen.

Veganism is a practice abstaining from anything, directly or indirectly, related to animal products. It’s more of a lifestyle and not just some diet. It’s a personal preference to reject the usage of animal food source and by-products. This is to show respect and value animal rights, and having a leather couch doesn’t really reflect that. It takes a lot of dedication and unadulterated passion for animals and the environment to live as Vegan.

To help you live and breathe Vegan, here are four simple ways to make your home vegan friendly:

  1. Go for wood.

To be specific, furniture made from sustainable wood. Opting for tables, chairs, and other decors that are made from sustainable wood (woods that are manufactured from renewable and managed forests) shows your support against illegal logging and deforestation. Animals need the forest and foliage, and in this way you’re helping preserve their habitat.

This is also not limited to furniture; you can have a house completely built from sustainable woods. Just ask your home builder contractors on what options you have for wood. You can always go for woods that are most sustainable like timber, oak, and even fast-growing trees like pine.

  1. Choose your products wiselyCruelty Cutter App

We all know that there are companies that test their products on animals. It is simply outdated and barbaric to test on animals and let them suffer as if their existence is not as important as us. Millions of animals die every year to this tragic practice.

Opt for products, be it for home like cleaning agents or for personal like make-ups, that are eco- and animal-friendly. We’re in a generation where technology is beyond us and non-animal testing methods are available. There’s no excuse to abusing and torturing animals. There are many apps like Cruelty-Cutter that can help you make conscious choices. Also, PETA has an online search tool that can be used to find companies that are cruelty-free, so check first before buying.

  1. Fabric matters

There’s nothing that adds instant elegance and glamour to living rooms than a classic leather couch. Obviously, if you’re a Vegan, that’s not a great choice to embellish your house with. This goes as well with suede, silk, and wool. But if you still want to achieve that elegant look for your house, you can always opt for synthetic leather. You’ll get your couch and no animal has to die for it.

Practicing Veganism has some extra bonuses. One, is you get to save money. Instead of buying expensive silk curtains, suede shoes, or wool blankets, choose something cheaper like cotton, polyester, tencel, acrylic, or linen. A curtain is just a curtain at the end of the day. 

To be honest, these ways are easier to say than done. But if Veganism is your passion and your life’s principle, these are just simple ste ps to show your love and support for animals and the environment. Make your house more humane and eco-friendly. Make it Vegan, make it you.

– Jane



9 Reasons to Raise Your Kids Vegan


When people decide to raise vegan kids, the debate emerges…

Veganism is more than a trend. People are subscribing to a vegan lifestyle due to the countless benefits including health (lower cholesterol levels, slimmer waistline,  normal blood pressure, etc.), animal welfare, and the environment. 

When people decide to raise vegan kids, however, the debate emerges. Will they subscribe their children to the same dietary lifestyle? Will it rather cause harm to children subjected to veganism in their early stage of life? Aren’t children supposed to get ample amounts of vitamins and nutrients from a variety of food including animal products?

The truth is, vegan kids exist because their parents believe in one or more of the reasons listed below:

1. Vegan kids may have slower physical growth compared to other kids their age and that’s totally fine!

Many parents are concerned that their children might not get the right amount of protein on a vegan diet. Naturally, children need protein to grow and a lot of people are thinking that their child’s height might be left behind compared to those kids of the same age who eat meat. Some studies even suggest that the growth of vegan kids is more gradual than those kids who are non-vegan.

However, that is actually a good thing. In a research made by Harvard School of Public Health in 2000, it states that nature has designed the human body to grow more gradually. Vegan children reach puberty at a later age which results in a longer lifespan compared to most people raised eating meat. Furthermore, vegan kids tend to keep up with the height of their meat-eating peers in adulthood, so height should not be a concern.

2. Plant-based foods offer the same nutrients that can be found in meat, fish and poultry.tabouli on fleek

According to Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine or PCRM, eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains provides a diet with all the nutrients we need, including plenty of protein (B12 is the one exception that needs to be supplemented). Plants provide healthy sources of fat such as fat found in avocados and nuts. Many commercial cereals and non-dairy milks available in the grocery stores are also fortified with B12, calcium and vitamin C. 

3. Vegan kids do not acquire the taste for hot dogs and other processed meat.

Isn’t it cruel that vegan parents don’t let their kids enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers and fried chicken? These parents’ answer is no! Processed meat contains chemicals and compounds that are harmful to children’s health. Any parent in his right mind would not feed his child something that can lead to obesity or even cancer.
It’s true that parents are not always beside their children to check what they are munching on. What about birthday parties or play dates or school lunches where meat is commonly served to children?
This is not a problem for parents who have accustomed their children to a vegan diet since the first day of weaning. These kids do not salivate with the smell of barbecue and bacon. If someone gives them ho tdogs, they might give it a try but chances are they will not appreciate the taste.

4. There’s no drama at the dining table.

I can just imagine the agony of a mom watching her toddler handpicking carrots and lettuce out of the dishes she has prepared for the family. Some parents would mince vegetables in pieces almost invisible to the eye and trick their kids to eat vegetables. Some would frighten their kids with unrealistic stories on how they would end up if they will not eat their veggies. There’s a lot of frustration for both parents and children. Parents of vegan kids don’t have that problem because their children have been eating plants from day one and love them!

5. Those trips to McDonald’s and Apple-bee’s cost you in the long run.

Parents don’t always have the time and energy to cook for the family. Going to fast-food chains is so convenient but what about the long-term costs? An article published in Harvard Health Publications collated several studies that suggest that frequent trips to fast-food chains will result to frequent trips to the doctor in the future. Some of the adverse effects are skin allergies, asthma and obesity. A well-planned vegan meal is always cheaper.

6. It’s okay to break some family tradition.

It’s not the end if you don’t have Turkey during Thanksgiving. There are lots of cookbooks out there that can teach parents how to make sumptuous vegan meals on special occasions. Bringing up a child vegan ensures he/she won’t treat it as a loss if the family has greens on the table instead of meat.

7. Vegan kids learn how to take care of their body at a young age, even before they learn how to read and write.

If you decide to raise vegan kids, it’s important to explain to them why they have a different diet compared to their pals. You’ll be surprised that at a young age, they understand that our bodies are our temples and it’s our responsibility to taken care of ourselves.

8. They are compassionate to animals.

According to PETA Kids, vegan children tend to grow up as adults who recognize the rights and emotions of others. They usually become aware of the grueling process it takes for animals to end up in a plate, thus they would see foie grass as a product of humans’ cruelty to animals as opposed to a gastronomic luxury.

9. Vegan kids are happy.

Lifelong dietary habits are established at a young age. In fact, a study published in American Journal of Public Health shows that food choice behaviors should be established prior to sixth grade. If a no-meat diet was introduced at an early stage, vegan kids do not feel deprived or limited.

Shifting from an omnivore to a vegan diet can be a challenge for adults. Fortunately for vegan kids, they don’t have to go through the same difficult process of giving up old bad habits for new healthy, compassionate ones. Dr. Robert Lehman from the Pediatric Affiliates of Hampton Roads explained that introducing a certain diet to a child in the early stages of life forms habits that they will likely continue to practice long-term. Dr. Lehman says, “Healthy parental habits greatly influence the patterns that children develop and continue to demonstrate until adolescence and adulthood. In addition to exposure and intake of nutritious food choices, family mealtimes are a good medium to provide structure and security to children in helping them grow into healthy, well-adjusted adults.”

  • Jane

Top 5 Tips To Successfully Date a Vegan


Wondering if it’s possible for a non-vegan and a vegan to date… successfully? Valid question!

So, you met this girl or guy. At first sight, there was this spark — a connection. Call it magic, call it fate. You know instinctively that you’ve found THE ONE; then you hear these words,“I’m Vegan.”

Will you freak out and have sudden flashbacks of your happiest omnivore moments, just before you bid farewell to them? Or, will you think of that moment as a chance to expand your horizon, and not perceive this as a wall between the man or woman you like and your meat feast dreams? I completely understand if you thought of the first scenario as the most plausible response, but dating someone who is vegan doesn’t mean you need to be one. Is there a chance for non-vegans and Vegans to be together? Heck, absolutely, 100 percent, no doubt, yes! Will it be a walk in the park? No. Can I still eat bacon? Of course! Can I still eat bacon in front of my date? If you will not rub it in the face of your date that you’re eating something that used to have eyes, I don’t see why not.

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Before you read any further, let’s set something straight. Not all vegetarians are the same. To give you a head start understanding the different types, read this. Now that we’ve settled that, here are five tips to successfully date a vegan. Number two is especially important.

1. For your first date, take your vegan date to a vegan restaurant.

First dates are a big deal. You would want to make a good impression on your date. So, it is highly advisable you take your Vegan date to a Vegan restaurant and steer clear of meat-serving ones for your first date. Okay, okay. I hear you saying, “You said I don’t have to be a Vegan to date one, what now??!” — Yes I know, but hear me out. By initiating to dine in a Vegan restaurant, you’re not only showing your respect for your date’s Vegan lifestyle, you’re also implying how open-minded and selfless you are. It’s also a great opportunity for you to know them better in a place they are familiar with and try something different, for romance’s sake. LeoLin Lopez from The Vegan Woman, recommends websites like Happy Cow and Yelp to find the perfect restaurant for your first date.

2. Stay true to yourself — don’t fake it!

It’s one thing to respect and appreciate their lifestyle, and another to keep it real to yourself. Don’t say things your date wants to hear. Don’t create another version of you that you think your date will like. Again, it will not be a walk in the park and will involve a lot of compromising, conflicts about vegan ethics, and discussions about what is and what is not. The only way to go about this is creating an open line of communication. Lay out all your cards, and meet halfway. Relationships are all about the give and take game. And that context can be applied regardless of food preference.

3. Be mindful of your questions.

As sensitive and considerate you are when you talk about religion, politics, exes, and bowel movements, same goes with the following questions you should never ask a Vegan on your first date:

  • “Where do you get your protein from?”
  • “What’s the point of eating fake meat?” Then you try to be clever and ask, “Can’t you just eat real meat?”
  • “Plants are living things too right? Why do you eat them?”
  • “Don’t you miss eating meat? Followed by, “You’re missing a lot!.”

If you’re that curious to know the answers, I have one word for you — Google! Familiarize yourself with all the vegan basics (SexyFitVegan.com covers most of them too) like:

Then, to be on the safe side, ask him or her first why they went vegan. Let them feed you the details and from there, you have a good standing point for your follow-up questions.

4. Forget everything you know about Vegan.

Going vegan is a personal choice. It’s not pop culture and definitely not something you decide overnight. Sure you have read hundreds of articles about veganism but it’s a different story when you hear it from someone who actually lives and breathes the lifestyle. So when you go out with a Vegan, don’t bring your pre-existing notions and start listening instead.

5. Keep an open mind and mouth.

Vegans are often mislabeled as forum-trolling, angry, animal rights activists, who miss out on the good stuff in life. They are veggie lovers and carnivore haters who don’t care about flavour as long as it’s meat-free. In reality, they probably understand flavour and good food more than you. And since vegan is a way of living that’s not just limited to food preference, but also ethical beliefs and principles in life. If you’re not into that kind of thing, no worries. Don’t mock and don’t judge people who are deeply passionate on what they believe. Instead of questioning their lifestyle, appreciate their choice of living healthy.  Best way to know if this is something you’ll consider? Give their cooking a shot. You’ll never know, that could be your turning point.

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A guest post by Jane Dizon, nurse, health and nutrition enthusiast, and blogger at Gym and Fitness, Australia’s favourite online retailer of treadmills and strength equipment.

Header Photo Credit: Karine Basilio