So I’m vegan. I don’t really talk about it too much on Blog Well Done because I am afraid I might scare off some of my hypothetical readers.
I wasn’t always vegan. In fact, when I was still doing blogspot.wordpress.com, I was a carnivore, though given that my wife was vegetarian, I was at least veg-friendly.
In this post, I could recount my path towards going vegan or I can drone on endlessly about my vegan manifesto, but suffice it to say, I am not one of those vegans. If you eat meat, more power to you. I choose not to and I have good reasons for it which I will gladly share. If you ask.
That being said, I find something awe-inspiringly frustrating about being vegan and life I guess. When I ate meat, vegetarians called me a murderer (seriously.) When I became a lazy vegetarian (for me this meant the kind that eats fish), true vegetarians and vegans told me it wasn’t enough. When I became a true vegetarian, vegans told me I was stupid to eat dairy. When I became vegan, the raw foodists told me I was stupid because I cooked things that were killing me from the inside.
(Of course, many of them eat sushi so I could have chosen to turn my nose up at them. I instead asked them how they justified use of a dehydrator. I highly suggest asking this if you ever want to see a gaggle of raw foodists go on the defensive. I swear it was an honest question.)
Oh, and now, of course, as a vegan, meat eaters make me a target for their scorn as well. I have relatives apologizing that I have to eat disgusting things like portobello mushrooms and veggie burgers. I have friends who worry about going out to restaurants with me.
I do not believe I realized how political this decision was when I made it. I fully expected some backlash, especially from others who had had military veg*ns call them murderers. What I did not expect was the food-circle-of-finger-pointing. I naively believed that non-meat eaters were basically a unified front. Silly me. In fact, at one point, it was a bunch of veg*n animal rights activists that nearly drove me to eat meat again, just because I wanted to disassociate myself from their behaviors.
I guess what I am doing here, besides ranting, is reaffirming my personal creedo. What you eat is nobody’s business but your own since you doubtlessly are going to upset someone. (This doesn’t apply to cannabals. I would kindly ask them to consider changing their diet.) If you eat veal wrapped foie gras, great! If you eat nothing but what falls from the trees, great! If you are a vegan, great!
Ultimately, I have made my dietary choice and I believe it was the right one. If you disagree, I’m not going to tell you you’re wrong. I’m going to feed you vegan food. And you’re going to love it. Then we’ll talk about the benefits of a vegan diet.