I like my vegan journey, and I like my flexible eating habits, but sometimes it seems less hassle not to use the v word at all, so that I could eat whatever I want in peace.
I’m not attacking you by requesting vegan cheese, I’m not trying to have a debate over dinner. Enjoy your cheesy pizza, and appreciate the fact that I won’t go into a dairy-induced coma and need carrying home.
I’m mostly vegan. Mostly, because I slip up now and again, still eat organic eggs, and believe it is better to keep the bees in their homes than not eat honey. What I eat is my business, and most people agree with that, so why do I deserve to be criticised by other vegans? At no point did I sign myself up for a witch hunt. And at no point have I made a soapbox stand about my reasons for choosing to eat the way I do.
I have made an informed choice, I have done my research, I have read and highly recommend reading ‘Skinny Bitch’, as well as Alicia Silverstone’s ‘The Kindness Diet’, and I happily announce to fields of cows that “I don’t eat you, you’re welcome”. But I don’t go around analysing what other people eat, nor do I offer the knowledge I have about these gruesome things unless they ask me about it.
The truth is I’m lactose intolerant, so eating vegan has become a very effective way to avoid my nemesis. Cutting out certain foods has made me feel better in myself, so technically I’m vegan for health reasons, but I am also one less person eating meat and consuming dairy. Isn’t that good enough?
For vegans everywhere, and the people around them, food has become an ongoing political debate. The intention of vegans is to live a more ethical, cruelty-free lifestyle. The objective is to reduce the consumption of animal products.
So vegans should support the people who eat less of these things, people who choose a plant-based diet, even the usually carnivorous people who choose to go meat-free one day a week. We’re all making a difference, however small. We’re having productive conversations, and public opinion is changing. Even Jamie Oliver said “The future is about a plant-based diet”. We’re making progress in the right direction.
So I have a request, to all the vegans out there, to stop arguing and start talking. To stop trying to force beliefs upon people who didn’t ask for them, using negative scare tactics and criticism. You’ve made your choice, and it probably took you a long time and a lot of personal research before you came to your conclusion. Have a conversation by all means, but don’t attack or accuse people, or shove horrific images in their faces. The imagination is vivid enough. Just enjoy your healthier food and healthier bodies, and watch as more and more people choose vegan too, in their own time, for their own reasons. Show don’t tell, just set a positive example. People will soon ask why you look healthier and seem more energetic. And recommend the film Okja as much as you can.
No animals were harmed in the making of this blog.