your vegan lifestyle guide

Updated June 2021

living a vegan lifestyle

Being vegan is more than just the exclusion of meat and dairy from our diets.

It’s a lifestyle choice.

It’s a conscious decision to avoid eating, wearing, and using non-human animal products and by-products. And there is no doubt that there are now more people than ever choosing to follow a vegan lifestyle.

Of course, there are many reasons other than animal rights that people choose to go plant-based, such as for health, fitness, and the environment. Yet whatever the initial reason, most vegans inevitably discover the ethical benefits after making the transition.

But, what does a vegan lifestyle really mean and how can you yourself lead one?

We’re here to provide you with all the information you need to lead a compassionate vegan lifestyle.

But hey, we all make mistakes, so don’t feel too disheartened if you slip up!

Simply come back to this guide anytime you want to discover something new or to get inspiration from others who are on the same journey as you.

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why our vegan lifestyle guide

Because we (Alice and Lucy) turned vegan back in 2015 and decided from that moment on that we would dedicate both our careers and lives to living a compassionate lifestyle. 

We built this platform so we could bring together an online community of incredible people like yourself and share our know-how, stories, and our very own slip-ups.

Want to join this community and share your own vegan lifestyle stories & tips?

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What is a vegan lifestyle?

Veganism is so much more than just a diet; it’s a lifestyle choice. One that seeks to exclude all forms of exploitation (of any living creature, human or otherwise) and to grow awareness of how to live more compassionately.

A vegan lifestyle extends far beyond the food we put on our plates or the beauty products we put on our skin. Instead, it is the decision we make to be mindful of our surroundings and the impact we have on this planet 🌍

Of course, there’s no such thing as a perfect vegan, but we can try our best to be the change we wish to see in the world.

Is a vegan lifestyle healthy?

Short answer: yes 🍅 🥝 🥕 🌾 🥦 🍊 🍆  if conducted in a balanced way.

By taking a more mindful and compassionate approach to the way we live, a vegan lifestyle is one that chooses diverse and nutritious plant-based foods. Want to know more? Here are 5 health benefits you might notice after adopting a vegan diet.

What’s more, adopting a vegan lifestyle can have a positive impact on the environment, subsequently promoting public health. For example, the elimination of factory farms will significantly reduce the likelihood of pandemics like COVID-19.

Is a vegan lifestyle sustainable?

A vegan lifestyle often goes hand-in-hand with living sustainably.

In fact, a recent study of 34,442 French adults by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) found that those with diets rich in plant-based foods had a significantly lower environmental impact. This was measured in greenhouse gas emissions, cumulative energy demand, and land occupation.

Nevertheless, we must be mindful of how we scale the production of vegan industries. It’s our responsibility to make sure we don’t lapse into complacency simply because we follow a plant-based lifestyle.

Let’s continue to be mindful and strive to always do better for the health of people and planet.

That’s where our vegan lifestyle guide comes in!

With the help of our incredible community, we’ll show you how to sustainably decorate your home, reduce your carbon footprint through composting, and prepare for your next eco-friendly holiday!

Simply scroll down to find out more 🤗

Is it hard to lead a vegan lifestyle?

Any change you make to your lifestyle will present its challenges and adopting a vegan one is no different. However, it’s not as difficult as you might think. 

After we went vegan, most of our family made the transition also, check out our vegan mum!

The important thing is not to be too hard on yourself and never be afraid to ask for help or advice (we’re always here if you need us)!

Nowadays, there’s a whole wealth of information online to support those who have made the decision to go plant-based, including recipes, cruelty-free beauty handbooks, activism vlogs, eco-friendly fashion gurus, and plenty of vegan influencers.

In fact, there’s so much info that it can be quite overwhelming. 

In come the Vegan Sisters.

With our handy vegan lifestyle guide, you’ll find the transition a lot easier.

What if I am the only vegan within my friends and family?

Don’t worry gorgeous, you’re not alone – you’ve got us now!

Seriously though, as digital nomads, both Lucy and I have spent considerable amounts of time being the only vegans in the vicinity.

That’s why we built this online community.

We’ve got tons of advice on how to deal with being the only vegan, including how to survive Thanksgiving and Christmas, have a loving relationship with a carnivore, and introduce children to a vegan lifestyle.

But hey, if you want to make new friends, add us on Instagram. We may even be able to put you in touch with other vegans in your area.

And you never know, your compassionate lifestyle might just influence your family to follow suit (ours did 🥳)

Got any other vegan lifestyle questions for the Vegan Sisters? Drop us a message!

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Vegan Activism and Events

How to stay active and aware in the vegan world

A vegan lifestyle is one of the best ways to have a positive impact on the lives of animals but advocacy through vegan activism will achieve even more. Never question your ability to make a difference! 

Below is a selection of our community-led articles to support you in your vegan activism. We’ll share our experiences, latest campaign news and events, give our top tips on how to become an effective animal rights advocate, and guide you through the steps you can take to make a difference whilst maintaining your mental health and wellbeing.

Vegan Activism and Events Articles

Vegan Careers and Education

Your job and learning can be vegan too!

Want to make your job and learning more vegan? It is 100% possible.

Both of us (the Vegan Sisters) run businesses operating solely in the vegan sphere and we have helped many others pivot their career path to match their vegan lifestyles. A great place to start looking for vegan jobs is on veganjobs.com.

Vegan Careers Articles and Resources

Vegan Family and friends

Whether your friends and family are vegan or not…

It is important to have supportive people around you, but it is also just as important to be supportive of them. We are all on our own individual journeys and what we do can have a massive impact on others.

Read about the experiences of our community on dealing with non-vegan relatives and partners, and those whose loved ones are vegan too.

Vegan Family and Friends Articles

Vegan Fashion

Cruelty-free & vegan looks good, we promise

There is more to veganism than the food we eat, it is also about the clothes, shoes, and accessories that we choose to wear.

But it isn’t always easy to know what fashion is and isn’t vegan, which is why we’ve put together this handy vegan fashion guide for you to follow.

Vegan Fashion Articles and Resources

Vegan Health and Beauty

Stay healthy, gorgeous and cruelty-free all at the same time

The health and beauty industry has transformed over the past few years and we’re constantly amazed by the abundance of cruelty-free products on the market nowadays! From vegan makeup brushes to ethical beauty products, eco-friendly period pants and zero-waste skincare, there are plenty of options available, making it easier than ever to lead a cruelty-free lifestyle.

Below you will find resources to support you on your journey to a more sustainable and ethical health and beauty routine.

Vegan Health and Beauty Articles

Vegan Home and Hobbies

How to be more sustainable in your free time

How do you spend your free time? Do you love to get out in the garden, or relax listening to music, or maybe you love to paint. All of these things are affected by veganism, let us show you how.

Vegan Home and Hobbies Articles

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