In 1944, in the UK, Donald Watson took the first and last letters of the word “vegetarian,” and created the word “vegan” to indicate being vegetarian from beginning to end – (meaning Not eating or using any animals or animals products for any reason)- true Ahimsa, “dynamic harmlessness”).
Certainly there were those who had such beliefs and lived by such committed values long before 1944, but, up until that time, there was not a single word with such meaning.
Watson entered the word into the lexicon and also registered the first Vegan Society, in Britain, on November 1, 1944.
Thus, World Vegan Day, a special annual holiday celebrating vegan living, is celebrated on November 1st each year.
It is celebrated with festivals around the country and all around the world. In LA there is a huge celebration. You can find all activities and links on www.veganday.info/day.html
Please, if you know of someone who would want more information: send kids and parents to www.VegKids.org to find out about great programs for great kids.
November is recognized as World Vegan Month. November 1st starts off the month-long celebration for the Vegan Society started in 1944.
2 limes juiced
1 cup mango diced
3 green onions sliced
1/2 red bell pepper diced
1/2 tsp dried cilantro
1 jalapeno finely diced or more if you like heat.
On a personal note, several years ago I adopted the vegan lifestyle. Much to my boys dismay, I went cold turkey…no pun intended. Our home was rid of all sugar, flour, meat, cheese, dairy and anything that was not raw, organic, and live went out the door. I stood there feeling liberated, light and then reality hit. WHAT was I going to eat, what would I cook for my kids. So I hit the internet in search of recipes and articles to help me with this lifestyle that I had taken on so suddenly. Why you may ask did I do this? Conviction that I MUST get healthy and do it right now. My personal health was very bad and getting worse by the day. I thought at almost 40 and feeling 60 what would I do when I was 60? My grandmother was disabled and chair bound in a nursing home and I did not want the same fate.However, men who love meat and potatoes won. I could not continue my new lifestyle when I had to buy and cook things I ‘could not’ eat. So after 6 months of eating a 80% raw diet, I slowly eased into being vegetarian. Over time I slipped into old habits and was full on in the SAD or Standard American Diet. Now that my boys are grown and I don’t work outside of the home, I am trying to add more fruits and vegetables back into our diet. I cook and bake from scratch and am now milling my own flour so I can eliminate more of the processed foods.
I admire those of you out there who can be vegan 24/7. I know it is a healthier way of living and surely not as harmful on the environment Meaning there are less processing plants and chemicals.
Have you heard of meatless Mondays? It is a campaign started to help families incorporate more vegetables into their diets. If you are not vegan, give this a go. There are many recipes out there to help you. I am including some of my favorites from my blog, along with a few from our fearless leader Tracy. She has a ton of vegan/vegetarian recipes on her site. So, thank you Tracy for sharing.
To a healthier you and a brighter tomorrow, enjoy these Vegan recipes:
After many years of cooking and baking, countless request for recipes, along with suggestions that I write a blog or cookbook, I decided to finally bite the bullet. As a home based business owner, mom to 3 grown sons, I needed to fill my time. To do this, I began Spatulas On Parade in June 2012. My passion for food and photography are fueled to new heights each day.