You’ve probably noticed that I have a pretty strong preference for the term “vegan” when referring to foods that are natural. I’m not sure if this is something I inherited from my great grandma that I’ve been conditioned to do, or if I got it in the form of a comment from a friend. Regardless, I love that a lot of my friends love the term “vegan” too.
It seems to be a very popular topic in the vegan community and I think it’s because they are both incredibly broad and hard to define. For those of you who are interested, I suggest you pick up a copy of this book I wrote, Veganism: A Plant-Based Way of Life. This is the best way to understand both the benefits and the downsides of being a vegan. Its quite detailed and comprehensive.
I think there is a bit of confusion in terms of the term vegans/vegans/vegetarians. I think it is a combination of two terms that has been used for a while. People tend to lumped vegans with vegans, which means they think of a vegan as one who follows a strict diet and is therefore non-vegetarian.
People who are non-vegetarian tend to think they’re vegans for the good and ethical reasons. But they’re not. It’s mainly for the benefit of those who are trying to eat a plant-based diet in a non-vegan/vegetarian world. Vegans are not vegan and vegans are not vegans.
For the sake of contrast, you can also lump vegans with those other types of people who believe that a vegan diet is healthy and ethical. For example, if you’re trying to eat out and have a vegetarian diet, you’re trying to eat out and not be vegan. But you don’t see it. You see it almost continuously.
Vegans believe that their bodies and diets are “unnatural”, which is why they are not allowed to consume meat. To them, eating animals is unnatural. Vegans are not vegan and vegans are not vegans.
And that’s why vegans are the most common type of person who is looking to quit a diet and start their own. Because they are so sick of the constant judgment they face from people like you. They see it as their bodies being threatened, so they fight back.
The reason the average person is against the vegan lifestyle is because we are told repeatedly that it is unnatural and harmful. And so vegans continue to refuse to consume animal products. We are constantly being told that consuming food like this is unnatural and harmful, but the problem is that we are not even aware of what we are eating. We are not aware that we are consuming food like this at all.
It’s not just the vegans who suffer from this ignorance, but many people have the attitude that all vegans are really eating meat or eggs. This is not true. If you know anything about the history of the animal welfare movement, you have to give a damn about animals. We can tell from the way people eat, the kinds of food they eat, and the kind of clothes they wear, that we are really not consuming any animal products.
While you may not think so, meat and eggs are not the only things we eat. Vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains are all foods that are consumed, but it’s the ones that we don’t touch that we are talking about here. Vegetables, fruits, and grains are not consumed because they do not affect our bodies or health. The same goes for all grains, dairy, and most nuts and seeds.