ABOUT THE ENTOVEGAN LIFESTYLE
ENTOVEGAN is the idea of sustainable Veganism boosted by Entomophagy.
It’s a personal exploration of a plant-based lifestyle, giving up meat, but adding insects and insect-based protein and products, and as I’ve set out on this journey I’ve found there are already many people around the world who practice some form of the entovegan lifestyle!
I’ve eaten relatively healthy my whole life, and very healthy as an adult. But one “diet” I’d never tried was going full-on vegan. When I did (in May 2017), the positive changes that I saw in my body and mental focus were so incredible, that I decided to stick with it and stay a vegan…with a twist.
The last couple years I’ve become fond of eating insects while living in SE Asia, and I truly believe that entomphagy is the future of food. So I started researching the “why” behind veganism and the strict “no animals or animal products” guidelines, and realized that philosophically, there’s actually no rational basis for vegans to NOT eat insects.
So I started my own diet, and I call it Entoveganism, or just EntoVegan for those who don’t like -ism words.
The EntoVegan nutritional plan is simple – eat plants and insects, and the by-products of both. Fruits, vegetables, grains, and all edible insects, including the eggs (ant eggs are delicious) or what they produce, such as sustainably collected honey.
Through further research with my friends who are also passionate about entomophagy, we discovered that the “cockroach of the sea” is actually part of the pancrustacea order, grouping all insects with crustaceans such as shrimp and lobster.
While the sustainable harvest of these oceanic animals is a challenge, logically it makes sense to include them as part of the entovegan diet. And in Asia, eating shrimp or prawns makes it much, much simpler to eat without being an asshole.
There is still much to research, including nutritional values, sustainability, ethics, and other long-term considerations for human health, along with impact on ecosystems, deeper studies on the insects themselves, and of course the long term impacts on our planet.
But that’s what this journey I’m undertaking is all about. I don’t claim to know all the answers, but I’m determined to seek them out and make the most logical decisions possible!
If you’re a vegetarian, pescatarian, fruitarian, or simply a vegan, and you’ve been hearing people rave about how insects can solve the planet’s food shortage problems, well, I invite you to join me on this journey and take a deeper look at what we eat, why we eat it, and how we can collectively improve our eating habits for the good of all living things!
At the core of it all I want to maximize my own life, but I’ve decided to live this journey publicly through both the good and the bad. Because I think there’s definitely some great truths to be discovered by going decidedly “low tech” and embracing the most basic sustenance nature has to offer humans: plants and insects!
THE CORE TENETS OF AN ENTOVEGAN LIFE
From the foundational point that your life and its perpetuation should be your highest ideal, to an acknowledgment that science shows insects don’t feel any more pain than plants do, to the flexible dietary approach to eating as clean and healthy as possible, check out the framework for the Entovegan philosophy!