Welcome to Exploring Veganism.
A blog about, well, exploring veganism.
This blog will cover a wide range of topics regarding the psychology of veganism, from what it is like to be vegan in a non-vegan world, to the challenges of being in a “mixed” couple, where one person is vegan and the other is not, to how to get the most out of therapy when you’re vegan and your therapist is not, to mental health issues and veganism.
The writers of this blog are all vegan and come from a diverse range of disciplines. We have clinical social workers, psychologists, and art therapists writing. Our specialties include Internal Family Systems, expressive therapy, eating disorders, hypnotherapy, ecotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, mindfulness, and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. Some of us live on the east coast, some in the mid-west, some live in Israel, some in other parts of the United States, and one in Costa Rica. This diversity ensures that the reader will get many different perspectives on one topic as well as articles on lots of different vegan-related topics.
We encourage comments so we know what our readers are thinking. And we encourage questions in the Comments Section. We will try to answer any questions you have as best as we can.
Let’s take a moment to define veganism. Veganism is rejecting the use or exploitation of any living being. I like to say that vegans are conscientious objectors to oppression.
Some people call themselves vegan when they eat a vegan diet, a diet that eschews consuming the flesh or secretions of nonhuman animals or any other animal products. A vegan diet is important for a lot of reasons: health, environment, and animals. But a vegan diet is only one aspect of veganism. Vegans do not support any products involving treating another living being like a commodity, including not buying leather, fur, or products tested on animals, and not going to zoos or to circuses that include animal acts, for example. You’ll find vegans fighting for the rights of all oppressed groups, including women, children, African Americans, and transgender individuals.
We’re committed to bringing you engaging content for six months as we explore veganism. We hope you find this journey helpful and inspiring.