MY views on vegan theories, how it’s viewed as a trend and how it can be warped for better of worse. Part 3/3
How it can be warped for better or worse:
Unfortunately some vegan people - whether they are famous, a social influencer or even someone in your friend group or community – feel they need to belittle anyone and everyone that isn’t vegan. Oftentimes what they are saying is a twisted or ill-considered truth (as these tend to be more scandalous and gain public attention) and has no insight into the individual and always pushes people further away from becoming or accepting veganism. The common one I’m seeing at the moment is a view that you can’t really care about or love animals if you eat them or eat their byproducts. This is obviously ludicrous as many people that are omnivorous or vegetarian love and care about animals. This whole bullying act is embarrassing, cult-like and immature; we should be educating and insightful. Veganism is not a cult so can people please stop acting like it. The world is not perfect and we can do better (I mean that’s why a lot of y’all became vegan right?) so be a better vegan and respect not only animals and the earth but people.
MY views on vegan theories, how it’s viewed as a trend and how it can be warped for better of worse. Part 2/3
How veganism is viewed as a trend/phase:
I think it’s awesome that a vegan and vegetarian lifestyle is becoming more normalized and think it’s doing wonders for proving that it isn’t as difficult as you would at first think but I also think we need to be careful (those with or that have had eating disorders I’m talking to you) to try avoid becoming vegan by the supposed effects it can have on weight or looks (a vegan diet can cause some people to lose weight however this is often when it’s combined with more changes) as becoming vegan can be a difficult change - especially when living in a family home - and it needs to be a well educated decision. I personally believe that you should not be vegetarian or vegan when recovering from an eating disorder (specifically anorexia) as animal foods may be in your group of fear foods and I believe it important to overcome fear foods before becoming vegan. I understand not everyone has this view and not everyone needs to eat animal products to get past an eating disorder. (This is a slightly uncomfortable topic for me so I may not of explained myself too well).
MY views on vegan theories, how it’s viewed as a trend and how it can be warped for better of worse, part 1/3
Obviously I can’t cover everything I want to discuss with you guys about this in one post so I’ve decided to stick to the main issues that I’ve think need to be openly talked about and discussed. This is MY views and they are sure to offend some and I apologize for that. If you would like to add to the conversation comment or dm me.
There are a few theories about veganism (perhaps they are from what you would assume a stereotypical vegan is) that really get to me so I just thought I should clear them up (and have a wee vent). • If you’re vegan you’re healthy/skinny/fit: Sugar is vegan, end of.
• If you’re vegan you have no muscle: this is slowly changing but believe me this is absolute bull in fact the strongest I’ve ever been was when I rowed and was vegetarian and I could do 30 full push ups with ease.
• If you’re vegan you must be crazy about animal rights, will tell everyone you’re vegan, pressure everyone to be vegan, have 10 pets, never accidentally eat honey, be friends with vegans only, refuse to date someone who eats meat and refuse to cook meat: as you will be able to tell when you finish reading this post, this is a yarn. Also I alone contradict all of these assumptions bar the ridiculous amount of pets. • Being vegan is expensive/you have to be rich to be vegan: I’ve actually found being vegan cheaper than being vegetarian. It’s all about knowledge of food, bulk buying and making your own and less about buying ready make bliss balls or buying cute wee packets of coconut flakes and granola like instagram may allude.
• If you’re vegan and you have a piece of milk chocolate once a month you aren’t actually vegan: This is a belief that is in the vegan community and not often thought of by people who aren’t vegan. It goes with the seductive but heinous idea that perfect exists and vegans don’t sometimes have honey or some milk solids. It happens and it’s not the end of the world or your veganism either.