Frequently Asked Questions
We get so many questions about veganism and our mission. Here are the answers to a few of the questions we receive. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us or send us a DM on social media.
How do you define veganism?
Veganism is avoiding consuming anything that caused harm to animals. It, of course, includes meat. It also includes cheese and milk and eggs and yogurt and butter. It also includes other things that you wouldn’t normally think of, like chicken stock and honey and leather. Basically, if it comes from an animal, we try not to consume it.
The goal with this site is to encourage you to do as much as you can to limit the harm you cause to animals. If it seems crazy to you not to eat honey, that’s okay. We’re just talking about the technical definition of veganism in this question.
Isn’t it technically impossible to be 80% vegan?
Yes, it is. The word vegan literally means that you do not consume animals or by-products, so if you’re eating them at all, you’re technically not vegan at all. So, why do we use the word for our site?
Well, what would you call someone who tries to limit their animal consumption as much as possible?
There isn’t a word for it! Some people say ‘plant-based’, but that word doesn’t actually have a widely accepted definition. Technically, you can be plant-based and still eat meat for every meal as long as it’s coupled with other plant-based options. Do you seem the conundrum here? Whether it’s right or wrong, there is no other word in the English language to describe someone who doesn’t eat animals or animal by-products except for the word vegan.
So, how do you define someone who eats no animals or animal by-products for 80% of the time? 80% vegan! We do not mean to offend, but there is literally no other way we can describe our mission succinctly without using the word vegan. Our hope is that true vegans understand and sympathize with our mission and don’t object too loudly to our use of their word since our goal is similar to their goal: to limit animal suffering.
Why aren’t you a non-profit if you’re mission-based?
Our founder hopes to dedicate her life to the mission of this site. Unfortunately, she is not independently wealthy, so she hopes to generate income from her work. We have a goal of donating 10% of our profits to animal advocacy organizations, so we hope you feel good about the money you spend with us.
Will eating an 80% vegan diet make me lose weight?
Maybe… Maybe not! It’s possible that you may naturally lose weight eating an 80% vegan diet, but we’re more focused around here on the compassionate reasons you may want to make the choice to change your diet, not scale-related reasons. We understand how easily weight is tied to worth in our culture, but we hope to help change that conversation by encouraging your transition to veganism based on compassion first. The reasons we feel this way is because we believe that a number on the scale isn’t the best determinate of health. If you’re interested in learning more about this concept, we highly recommend that you read ‘Health at Every Size’ by Linda Bacon.
Are you a dietitian or qualified in any way to tell me how to eat?
Not at all. We highly encourage you to talk with your doctor before you make any changes to your diet. We hope to provide ideas and inspiration to help you along your journey to being 80% vegan, but we hope that you’ll feed yourself in a way that is healthy and right for you. Only a doctor or a dietician can tell you exactly how to eat taking into account your health history.