First, a notice – I am not putting any graphic images in this post. However, some of the videos and sites I am linking to will most likely contain graphic material. You’ve been warned!
So, I’ve had some friends (and strangers!) express curiosity about Veganism. Some, have even gone so far as to ask me for more information and some good starting points on learning why people go Vegan and how to start themselves. I have a few things that come to mind that helped me and I thought I would compile them here, so that when people ask me, I can just plop them down at this post and let them wander from there!
First, some lectures. I found these lectures to be such a perfect starting point. Not overly graphic or sentimental… Just great facts and reasoning by well-spoken people.
Now, if you want a serious jumpstart into veganism… the following documentaries will do it. However, I feel like these are the videos you should watch regardless of your diet. I think if you choose to eat meat, you should at least know where it comes from. What slaughterhouse practices look like, and what affect meat has on your health. I believe that knowing these things can help you to either avoid eating these things if that is your intention – OR to help you appreciate these things as you decide to eat them. It’s just knowledge… and its good to have – for both sides.
I have personally seen and
enjoyed appreciated the following documentaries –
Earthlings : EARTHLINGS is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, EARTHLINGS is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs. (synopsis via the website)
Vegucated : Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. This entertaining documentary showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who discover they can change the world one bite at a time. (synopsis via the website)
Forks Over Knives : The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. (synopsis via the website)
If you’ve got a short attention span (ahem, ME), then YouTube channels are the BEST place to go. There are hundreds of Vegan channels. From daily vloggers to activists, food & cooking shows to comedy and musical channels. I mean, everything you could want. Just type “vegan” into the search and BOOM. Occupied for weeks.
If you’re short on time but full on sass : BiteSizeVeganIf you’re wanting to get your gourmet on in the kitchen : Jason Wrobel
If you’re wanting to get your gourmet on in the kitchen, but the zombie apocalypse is happening : Vegan Zombie
If you’re really into learning about plant-based nutrition/facts : NutritionFacts.org
I mean, I could seriously go on for hours typing up a list. If you’re ever looking for more YouTube recommendations – ask me!
There’s also some fantastic websites with FAQ’s, recipes, lifestyle tips, etc.
Here’s a list of the top 50 Vegan Blogs!
So there you have it… a little something to get you started.
I apologize for getting all Vegan on you there, but… this was requested and you know I give the people what the people want!