For many people, this word conjures up evil images of naked, blood-throwing PETA fanatics who detest humanity and want to pull out the canine teeth of lions.
One family friend went so far as to compare my veganism to dishonoring war veterans— just how, I’ve yet to solve (for the record, a veteran friend of mine subsequently explained that he supports my choice, so he didn’t seem too offended).
Well, I hate to disillusion you all, but….
- My protein levels are good; my doctor has verified this .
- Same with B12.
- I’m not starving to death (despite my mom’s worry!).
- I actually have some great recipes. In fact, I’ll be running an upcoming review and giveaway with Kate from My Spiritual Roadtrip featuring some particularly delicious treats… Stay tuned for more!
- I wear cruelty-free clothing and don’t feel the need to rip it off to prove a point.
- I don’t banish my friends from the dinner table for putting butter on their mashed potatoes. To each his/her own, whether or not I agree.
- It’s not that hard to replace milk with almond milk or eggs with flax seed.
- It doesn’t cost much more either.
- I lift weights, quite successfully, so no, I’m not a pathetic, plant-fueled weakling.
- Cows haven’t taken over the world since I became vegan, nor have they starved because I eat grains.
- Plants do not have nociceptors. They do not feel pain.
Believe it or not, I can be vegan, healthy, and a relatively good person! 🙂