When people initially become vegan, they usually begin by focusing on the foods to avoid as well as the ones that will become staples of their new diet. This makes sense, as most of the information on veganism is related to food production and avoiding foods that contain animal derivatives. Over time, though, interest in veganism often spreads to other issues that are connected with being vegan, which is why many people see veganism as an entire lifestyle rather than just a list of foods that are or aren’t suitable.
Vegans often begin to focus on health in general – you can’t help but pick up lots of health-related information when reading about different food types and devising a new way of eating, and this often leads to a renewed interest in other areas of health and fitness. Many vegans are attracted to approaches to fitness such as Pilates, which is ideal for the vegan lifestyle as it focuses on building whole-body strength and suppleness through exercises. In recent years, many vegan websites have developed sections on the health benefits of Pilates.
Vegans also tend to become aware of the ingredients of items such as cosmetics and skin products, and many use natural beauty products. This is again because of the possibility of finding animal ingredients in mainstream products, but is also another area in which vegans can develop an awareness of health benefits of using certain natural ingredients. For example, essential oils such as lavender, often found in vegan skincare products, are well-known for their health-giving properties.