The only thing I can really relate to is the pressure to be a certain "kind" of vegan. I started out overjoyed at becoming vegan...but after a while I honestly started feeling kinda paranoid about it all, because so many websites were saying one thing or another. "We should avoid oils / we need oils; we should avoid this ingredient / this ingredient is good for you; we should all eat raw / eating raw is not practical....and so on and so on. It became for me almost like an identity crisis! "Who am I?" LOL!!!
I finally had to choose, for myself, the sanity of simplicity. In making that choice, my joy has returned! Now I say, "Right now I'm plant strong on my journey and hope to "grow" into being fully vegan, and I also want to add more raw food elements to my diet, though I'll never be fully raw. I loved cooked food too much for that." And that's me. That's where I'm at on the journey.
One thing I loved about this group from the beginning (thanks to the leadership of Kelly and Boni) is that it teaches that veganism is a journey and so it accepts folks on different places on the journey. The people in this group seem to understand that it sometimes takes years to know "who you are".
I think the author of that article needs to realize that, too...that veganism is one big assorted family, all crowded into the ole RV of life, taking a journey together! She should see that the vegan family has become "bigger", with folks exploring all sorts of avenues with it.
I, as a vegan, should not judge someone who is a raw vegan, for example. He is my brother on the journey. He should not put pressure on me to become raw, either. He should just be who he is and accept me for who I am. And if I ask for more info on being raw, then he should feel free to share. We should accept each other and just be glad we are on the same journey.
Someone once told me that just by being a plant strong vegan who formerly lived on hamburgers, that I had saved approximatly 60 cows so far. Am I making a difference? I think so!
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***Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself!
***"I can do all things through Christ!" Phillipians 4:13
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