Veganism is an extreme form of vegetarian. A vegan will not buy anything that is made with animal products. This includes everything from food to purses. A vegan will stay away from purchasing anything that is tested on animals. Become a vegan is a huge lifestyle change and may not come easy at first.
So what's for dinner?
Shopping for groceries will become more of a challenge. Not all grocery stores are set up to cater to the vegan lifestyle. You may find your best option is to shop at food retailers such as Whole Foods. They have alternative options for milk, cheese and even bacon. Although it may change your store you can easily keep consuming your favorites but with a little change.
Can I eat out?
Of course you can eat out. There are many restaurants that offer foods for vegans. And there are some that don't necessarily have a vegan menu but do have salads and other foods that would qualify for a vegan diet. Before you eat out just search the internet for “Vegans eating out” there are some great resources for fast food and restaurants menus for vegans. They can tell you what places have vegan friendly foods and what they are. This way you can be prepared before you go and know that you are able to stick to the diet.
What about eating at my friends and family's homes?
Being a vegan is nothing to be ashamed about. This is a personal decision and your family and friends should respect that. Why not offer to bring some appetizer or perhaps a cake to a party. This way you know that there is something for you to eat and you can introduce your family to the life of a vegan. Who knows they may join you.
Beyond the food options
Vegans not only don't consume animal products but they also don't buy anything made or tested on animals. Many handbags, coats and shoes are made of leather. These items would not be purchased if you were a vegan. There are also clothes made with fur and feathers. Pillows and blankets made with feathers. The list goes on and on. However there are always animal friendly options of all these items that are made from man made materials. Now days you don't have to give up quality or style when switching to these products. Some designers such a Melie Bianco is known for making beautiful handbags that are just as classy as some of the higher dollar bags offered in leather. If you have a certain designer that you prefer, you are more than likely going to be able to continue using them. Not every handbag or coat is made from leather so there are plenty of options available to a Vegan.
This may be hard to add to your vegan lifestyle simply because of not knowing what companies test on animals. Again it may be best to search ahead on the internet to find the products you use everyday, such as make-up, shampoo and other hygiene products. You can also shop at Whole Foods and other similar stores that will have Vegan options available to you.