November is always a very eventful month. Especially, since it is the month before the most manic month of the whole year: December, where you in the same month have to spend all your hard-earned money on decorations, presents and food and then eat until you burst. For then a week later, have to make new life changing choices where you reorganize your life with new diets and money saving plans. Yes we all did it!
One of the main events of this month is bonfire night on the 5th of November, which is fantastically beautiful with the bonfires and the fireworks. If you have a pet, please check out our last weeks blog about creating a calm environment for your pet during the fireworks (Yes it looks like a Halloween special, but it was really just an excuse to write about pets – so just keep reading and you will get to the Fireworks bit – hint: look for the scared cat)
You might have heard about the somewhat new November tradition named No-Shave-November, also called Movember or ‘Noshember’. It started in 2004 as a way for men to show sympathy for men with prostate cancer and donate the money they usually would have used to purchase shaving equipment to prostate cancer charities.
Now it has developed so, women also show their support and the donations is now to any cancer charity you prefer.
But there is an other event this month that has been going on since the 1940’s and is rather overlooked. World Vegan Month!
World Vegan Month started at the same time as the word ‘Vegan’ was invented.
It was Donald Watson who, in November 1944 founded the Vegan Society and crafted the new word ‘Vegan’ by taking the first three letters and two last letters of the word vegetarian and put them together.
Check out the very first newsletter from the Vegan Society written by D. Watson himself.
Watson’s vision was that, in the future we would look upon feasting on animals as grotesque as we, then and now, look at slavery.
He experimented with veganism over periods of time and finally founded the Vegan Society based on his findings.
We unfortunately, have not revolutionised the eating habits of the world, as Watson hope would happen as science progressed. It is still difficult for a vegan to travel or attend social events without having to warn the chef in advance or bring an emergency snack pack.
Interestingly he describes the society’s idea of vegan/vegetarianism the same way as we, as vegan/vegetarians describe society today as how the civilisation is based on the exploitation of animals.
Watson was only waiting for proof to convince the public of the health benefits of veganism. These have been evidenced for years now, but still there had been no vegan revolution.
Watson discusses the common acceptance of the various kinds of vegetarians and how they are in the middle stage between flesh eating and veganism.
It is a bit of a mini jungle to claw your way through. Do you know where you fit in to these?
Here’s a little breakdown for you:
Semi-vegetarian: A Semi vegetarian is someone who is cutting down on their meat, chicken and fish intake.
Pollo vegetarian: Is a person who avoids red meat and fish but eats chicken
Pesco pollo vegetarian: Avoids red meat but eats chicken and fish.
Pesco vegetarian: Also known as pescetarian, where red meat and chicken is avoided but eats fish.
Ovo vegetarian: Is a person who avoids meat, fish, chicken and dairy but eats eggs.
Lacto vegetarian: A lacto vegetarian diet excludes meat, fish, and poultry, as well as eggs and any foods containing eggs.
Lacto ovo vegetarian: A lacto ovo vegetarian diet excludes meat, fish, and poultry but includes dairy products and eggs.
Vegan: Avoids all animal products where animals have been harmed.
There is a lot of discussion amongst vegans and vegetarians debating if a person who eats animals can call them selves vegetarian or if vegetarian now means someone who is holding back on animals products as a diet choice or as an ideal.
In Korea the vegan blogger Eye and Mouth talks about her diet in words, pics and wonderful little illustration created by herself.
She loves to find inspiration in the colours of her foods and experiments with how beautiful the food looks being pierced by her fork. Really worth a peak
But veganism is not just about food. It s a whole culture spanning from Make-up to fashion – Such as Beyond Skin (What a discrete little comment ey?)
Have you heard of Vegan Chic – an amazing website dedicated to give you easy access to the vegan fashion world.
They have everything from Women’s wear to kids shoes and will tell you everything you need to know about vegan fashion.
Whatever you need from lingerie to dresses she’s your girl.
We hope that you will have a great November however you choose to spend it. If it is with not shaving your legs for the month or if it is treating your self to pair of vegan winter boots it is all up to you. Ooh you can also treat yourself to design your own pair of vegan shoes with PETA. How about that?
But we surely hope you will comment on our blog, whether you have a vegan recipe we should know about, or would like discuss, why you think Watson’s vegan revolution has progressed so little in almost 70 years. Or if you just want to tell us which vegan or vegetarian group you fit in to.
Also, feel free to take a peak at our vegan celebs pinterest board to check if you and your favourite Hollywood star might have the same ideals. We find it immensely interesting.