I received a comment on a video from someone asking me a question about being vegan. The person said, “Why are some people vegan, I can understand someone being a vegetarian, but why vegan?”
I cannot begin to tell anyone why some people are vegan. Everyone is different and they have their reasons for choosing vegan. Just because a person eats a plant-based diet doesn’t mean they are a vegan.
I am not 100% vegan, which means that in some areas of my life I do use products that contain animal-based ingredients, so technically I would not be considered a vegan. I consider myself a person who eats a plant-based diet.
Diet is a Choice
I do not ask people why they eat meat or drink cow’s milk, because I know that the kinds of food people eat is a personal choice. I just present the information on my blog and if someone is trying to change their diet, they have a resource that can help them make changes.
The way you eat is your choice and I have nothing to do with your food choices. One thing everyone has in common is that our bodies need nourishment. How you choose to nourish your body is up to you and only you.
Here is a testimony someone shared with me while I was shopping:
A woman in the beauty supply store told me that her husband had very high cholesterol and the doctor told them what they needed to do to get the cholesterol down. This young man was on the verge of having a stroke or some other issue related to high cholesterol that would have resulted in serious consequences with his health. The couple cleaned out their cabinets and changed their eating habits. The husband is doing better and has lost weight. He had to make a change in his diet and life style. No, his diet is not vegetarian, but from what the woman shared with me, he stopped eating processed and fast foods. I’m sure there were other changes, but the main change was in his diet.
Do Not Let Others Make You Feel Bad
There are some people out here whose job it seems is to make you feel bad for the way you choose to eat. Do not let anyone dictate to you the type of diet you should and should not eat.
If you want to eat vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan or any of the combinations, then it is your choice to do so. No one has the right to make you feel bad for doing what you know is best for you.
People who do not understand why you eat the way you do will make remarks that will sometimes make you feel bad. Those remarks will sometimes make you question if you are doing the right thing.
Never let another person interfere with the way you like eating. It is always best to stay true to yourself and do what makes you feel good. Just because everyone is traveling west, does not mean that you have to travel west too.
March to the beat of your own drum, even if no one else hears the beat, you march on. You will be glad that you remained true to yourself.
Eating a plant-based diet isn’t for everyone. I don’t expect everyone to stop eating animals, but I do encourage everyone to eat more fruits and vegetables.
No matter what someone says about the diet you choose, always remember that your diet is a personal choice. You’re not hurting anyone by eating vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan or any of the combinations. You are doing your body more good than you will ever know.
The next time someone gives you a side eye or questions you about your diet, tell them why you eat veg and do it with a big smile on your face. Keep that smile on your face and never let anyone see you sweat.
Keep doing you!
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Category: Healthy Lifestyles