I feel a little out of place writing my first post here in a community that mostly has vegans or vegetarians as its members. While my dietary preferences are far removed from any of these isms, I have always looked up to people who have chosen the veg lifestyle because I feel that above everything else, it needs a lot of self restraint and determination. Perhaps the one thing that qualifies me to write this post is my V-curiosity.
Until today I wasn’t very sure about the difference between being a vegetarian and a vegan. So when I googled and wikied a little bit about it I was in for many new discoveries. I share the info with everyone here with the hope that you would enjoy it and maybe come to know a few new and interesting facts about something you follow so passionately. After all, you don’t necessarily have to know the Bible by heart to believe in god.
• Vegetarian is a more generic term with many sub-categories
• Vegan is perhaps the strictest of all
• The term "vegan" although coined in 1944 England by Donald Watson, co-founder of the British Vegan Society, the concept can be traced back to the Greek philosopher Pythagoras who believed in transmigration of the soul!
• The other contenders to the term ‘vegan’ were dairyban, vitan, benevore, sanivore, and beaumangeur
• The term vegan originally meant "non-dairy vegetarian" but later on was extended to mean “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals”
• The American Vegan Society was started by H. Jay Dinshah in 1960 on the concept of ‘ahimsa’ or non-violence
• No Animal Food (1910) by Rupert H. Wheldon is the first known vegan cookbook
I believe that taking the decision to go vegan or vegetarian is indeed a big decision. So what inspired you to go for it? Was it because of your health, because of ethical reasons? Or because of something else? And what kind are you: semi-vegetarian, ovo-lacto vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian or vegan? Would love to know all about it.