Vegan advice: Can I keep using non-vegan products I already have?

06 Dec 2019

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Q: Hello, I am recently vegan and still have a load of VPA whey protein isolate left over and was wondering how bad would it be to still have that? If the only non vegan part of my diet was the WPI. Thank you. - Whey'd down

Dear Whey'd down,

This issue comes up in various ways for a lot of new vegans. We all have stuff left in our pantries and wardrobes that no longer fits in with our new vegan lifestyles. And sometimes it can seem like a waste, and disrespect to the animal who gave their lives, to just throw things away.

Your approach to what you do will most likely be based on why you are going vegan. If you are going vegan for health reasons you might not want to continue consuming animal products anymore, so ditch the whey protein. If you are going vegan for ethical reasons, you might reason that it is OK to eat something that you already bought.

The decision, of course, is completely down to you. Going vegan is always a journey, always a process. I think as long as your heart is in the right place and you are committed to your principles then whatever you decide is right for you is perfect. Being vegan is about doing the best you can to be compassionate and mitigate suffering. It is not about being 100% perfect all the time.

Georgia xx

Georgia Bamber is a vegan success coach based in the Southern Highlands NSW. Certified in coaching and plant based nutrition she knows a thing or two about embracing a vegan lifestyle. You can find out more about Georgia and how she can help you at

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