Okay, so..I haven’t done TOO much research on Vegans and Veganism in general. However, I’d like to take a moment to recognize this “trend” that has people sprinting for faux velvet interior car designs and soy milk in their cereals. First, a true vegan is one who is Environmentally Earth conscious, not just with what they consume. True Veganism is not owning or purchasing any products that contain traces of animals in your home or elsewhere. It is not supporting or wearing makeup or clothing that was made using the bones, skins and secretions of animals. Gross, but true. Today, vegan seems to have become this blanketing term, or trendy outlet for people looking to fit in. It has become a symbol, or rather, an emblem of the Hipster crowd (toms shoes, mismatched clothing and a particular soft spot for Animal rights.) Look, if you really truly support saving the animals and believe that the companies who DO use animal testing are in fact harming these creatures, then I will indeed consider your beliefs valid. But if you’re vegan Monday-Friday and once the weekend comes around strap on your leather pumps, sleek leather peacoat and indulge in a couple sushi rolls Saturday night in a poor attempt to soak up the vodka tonic,…sorry you are not vegan.
Secondly, along with the faux vegans comes the belief that consuming animal meats is somehow hazardous to our health. Well, you probably would not be here if not for animals, and there would be a lot more eating disorders had animal meats not been a staple of most international diets today. Also, eating plants is not the most appealing meal after you’ve ran 13 miles or lifted a shit ton of weight (yes, personal anecdote) and want something that will satiate you. In fact, I recently read a story about a woman who switched over from a lifelong attachment to Veganism to consuming read meat weekly. She lost 10 lbs and said she was no longer anemic. Beef, chicken, fish, these are all LEAN meats that will not only sustain you and support muscle growth and recovery, but they TASTE BETTER THAN CHUNKS OF TOFU. Also, lean meats will help your body burn fat and contain essential amino acids and nutrients necessary for vital health.
I mean, I understand vegetarians. But vegans? You are doing yourself an inconvenience in more than one way. Both your health and your wallet are suffering. Yes, veganism costs more because the products need to be specifically made without animal products. So, you’re willing to starve yourself in an effort to save an animal when most likely they themselves would eat you if they had the chance? You’re telling me that you refuse to eat an animal product because these animals are treated poorly…right….so not consuming milk because a cow is bieng milked for 10 hours a day is a damn good reason….
I understand vegetarians who are against animal cruelty and choose not to eat meats. But not somebody who will avoid a chocolate bar because it contains a by product of an animal that was probably so chemically altered that it does not retain any original form or anatomy of the animal anymore. Come on, be smart.
Eat everything in moderation.