THE VEGAN DIARIES: Veganism is not a diet

A while back I wrote an instagram rant about high profile vegan who have been ditching the label vegan for plant based and it blew me away how much love I received for writing it. And recently there’s been another round of vegan bashing, confusion over what veganism truly is (and I can tell you that it’s not fasting, ‘grounding’ oneself by walking barefoot on grass) and more than it’s fair share of nastiness that’s been going on again. That is why I thought it would be a good idea to publish my instagram rant on here, so that we can always come back to it and remind ourselves that veganism isn’t a diet, it’s a truly compassionate way to live and that we should love each other, not just the animals that we refuse to use for our own merit. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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There have been a lot of posts recently about people ditching the label vegan, about vegan being a restrictive diet, how veganism promotes eating disorders and people making excuses for others not to be vegan… I’ve decided to wade in. 

Let me start by saying it is ok if you aren’t ready to talk about being vegan, it is a huge step and you need to do it for the right reasons. One day something will click into place and the fog will lift. It did for me, I wasn’t expecting it, I loved my non-vegan life until I hated it. 

There are no half measures to being vegan. Either you are vegan, or you’re not. If you’re not, that’s ok! But please don’t kid on that you are because you eat a plant based diet for health reasons and gush over your new leather shoes. Leather isn’t vegan. 

Plant based is not vegan. Plant based IS a diet. Veganism is not. 

Eating disorders are found within a lot of diets, within all walks of food shaming, with clean eating. Again, veganism is not a diet.

Being vegan is only restrictive if YOU want it to be. Everything you can eat, I can eat vegan. For real, ice cream, cheese, nachos, pizza, salads, smoothies, doughtnuts, you name it, we’ve got it. There’s a vegan version of every food imaginable. As well clothes, shoes, bags, you aren’t missing out. 

Most importantly, I won’t be dropping the label “vegan” any time soon. The more judgemental vegans who shout and be abusive (like those sending death threats to that awful chef who supposedly ‘spiked a vegan’ – death threats are never the answer) the more I want to reclaim the label vegan. 

I AM VEGAN AND PROUD. 

There is no better way to help animals and look after the environment that living a vegan life. None. Lots of things help, every little helps, nothing beats being vegan.

Veganism at its very core is kind, compassionate, caring, not just to animals but to the planet and most importantly to each other. 

Dear vegans, be real vegans, be cool, don’t be dicks. 

Peace out.

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