Why is everyone so judgmental of vegans and vegetarians? Public perception of vegans is very skewed. Many people seem to make a big deal about making a conscious choice to abstain from consuming animals products. It seems we are viewed as following an extremist or radical lifestyle. They become very interested in what you can and can’t eat, protein levels and fat intake. The interesting part is that if someone tells you they’re on a diet to lose weight, they are looked to as strong and doing something good for themselves, no matter how crazy the diets are. Most diets are pretty restrictive and also cut out main food groups. Mostly carbs! (Don’t get me started on carbs, that’s for another post)
Now to be fair, there are many vegetarians and vegans who sit in judgement of meat eaters and are aggressive about their message, but honestly most are not. Most just want to present the information to those that ask or are curious about the lifestyle.
Lifestyle vs Diet
The vegan and vegetarian lifestyle is not a diet and is usually never temporary. Diets are always a temporary fix to a lifelong problem. There are just as many health and fitness non-vegans that say their lifestyle is best and shame people for eating fatty foods as I’m sure there are aggressive vegans. I just feel the vegan is viewed differently than the other groups.
My goal on this site and social media is to show that this is not a restrictive lifestyle at all. There is an abundance of foods available to eat. Far more than what most have been taught or exposed to. Pay attention to the next time you are in the grocery store and you will see how the vegetarian and vegan options are filling the shelves.
We are all products of our upbringing and environment. Most people in America follow a fast food lifestyle therefore rely on fast food joints for their meals. If you are looking to be healthy whether it be vegan, vegetarian or carnivore, eating fast food & processed food is never healthy. There are plenty of vegan junk food that isn’t healthy as well. You have to change your routine. Grab your meals from a grocery store instead of fast food restaurants. Learn to meal prep for the week and pack your meals and snacks. This is true for any diet you choose to follow.
I follow a mostly raw vegan lifestyle. You should see the looks I get when I tell people that! This can be a little more challenging than just being a vegan, but I try not to make it a big deal when eating with others. I always have food with me just in case there aren’t raw options where I would be dining. I don’t make an announcement that I am a raw vegan, because I know I can almost always find something for myself. It’s just not a big deal. I love the foods I eat and I don’t feel restricted. I’m making a choice just as others make choices to eat or not eat the food they choose.
So I guess what I am saying is let’s focus less on what your neighbor is eating and more on the company we share at the table. That’s what life is all about friends, family and experiences.
Those interested in learning more about the vegan lifestyle check out a couple of my previous posts below.
Here are others that have wonderful sites and posts on the subject as well. Please take a look. Lots of wonderful information.
Beautiful Bohemian has a great post on those new or interested in the vegan lifestyle.
KateFruitFlowers is one of my new favorites to watch. She is a raw vegan who has a fun and informative YouTube channel. She shares “what I eat in a day” videos and has a some great e-books I would highly recommend.
“Count it all Joy my brothers when you face trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James 1: 2, 3