One of the most common reactions we get when we tell people that we don’t eat animals or any animal bi-products or even straight up that we are vegan, is ‘Oooh I couldn’t do that, I find veganism too extreme and restrictive’.
Here are 6 reasons why veganism isn’t restrictive.
1- The dictionary definition of restrictive is ‘ limiting the freedom of someone… ‘ Veganism is all about freedom, it is a choice. We are vegan because we want to be and no one should force you into doing something you don’t want to. (just like how cows shouldn’t be forced to be pregnant, just so that humans can drink their milk….and get ill from MAY I ADD)
2 – Veganism is not a diet…it’s a lifestyle ‘a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom’ (yes I know that sounds a bit cheesy but it is true). You can’t compare not eating animal products with the Atkins diet, Weight Watchers or any other of those ‘quick fixes’. Although some of those things may promote themselves as a lifestyle, veganism is a true lifestyle. You don’t need to write down everything you eat, or count calories, it is not about that, it is about compassion, intent and awareness.
3 – Plants are adaptable as FUCK. You can have all of your favourites still;
– Mac ‘n’ cheese
– Pop Tarts
– Cereal (yes we really like cereal!)
– Basically, all the main food groups
Yes all of those usually have dairy or meat in them, but can be made with plants instead and are still ridiculously delicious.
4 – ‘Where can you eat?’ … We can eat everywhere. Yes, some restaurants and cafes are more accommodating than others, but whether we order off the sides menu or can ask the chef to make something without the sauce/animal parts, we will still be able to share a nice meal with friends.
5 – There is a big assumption that veganism is time consuming but surely spending a little extra time reading the labels of the foods you buy isn’t your biggest problem. Don’t you want to know what you are eating?
6 – Look how good Oreos and Lotus biscuits are….for real, who is crying about not eating a custard cream when you can have a bourbon.
If you want to read up more on the subject of veganism and how it isn’t restrictive here are some awesome blog posts;
- Stop Blaming Veganism For You Not Being Vegan – The Thinking Vegan
- Veganism and Eating Disorder Recovery – The Vegan Society
- Vegan Myths – Veganuary