I’m actually a TERRIBLE vegan…
I’ve wanted to do something on this for a while now. I was originally inspired to do this post by a YouTuber named Rhian HY. She did a video on “Reasons Why I’m A Bad Vegan” or something like that.
I checked her channel and couldn’t find the original video…which sucks, because it was really nice to hear. I was still at the VERY beginning of my own vegan journey, so I was encouraged to know that there are ‘regular’ people like me who still aren’t completely vegan and cruelty-free.
So if you get the chance, you should definitely go check her out. She’s great for product recommendations, lifestyle tips, etc.
Anyway, I wanted to offer even one other person the same sense of relief that I got when I first saw Rhian’s video. No one is perfect. Not even the most experienced of vegans. And I’ll be the first to admit that I am one of these imperfect vegans.
I also want to establish where I stand at this point in my life journey. If you’re looking for someone who condemns all things non-vegan, this is not the post OR the blog for you. I always do my best to live the healthiest, kindest life possible. This means:
- Treating other beings the way I would want to be treated
- Living a life that feels the best for me
- Having a high regard for others and how my choices can affect them
You’ll hear more about this kind of thing on the Monday Morning Life Talks and Spiritual/Self Care Sundays, so keep your eyes peeled.
These things come with accepting and admitting my own limitations.
Let’s get started.
I Still Eat Honey Sometimes
I hate, hate, HATE adding extra sugar to things. It just feels unhealthy.
But this is something that I got into as a singer. I’ll mix it into my tea to soothe my throat.
If you’ve ever done any vocal performance work, you know that allergies and phlegm are your ENEMIES. Especially in the realm of classical music.
Here’s my logic:
Honey bees are endangered…and that’s bad. They’re important to pollination, which plants need to procreate.
Why are they endangered? Because in the wild, their nests are unprotected. Sure, they can sting you and shit, but that’s no match for a damn shovel.
And the number of threats to a wild beehive have increased to the point that it’s almost safer for them to be raised on a farm.
As long as they’re in the care of someone that harvests from them ethically, they are more likely to prosper…in my opinion.
So I don’t think it’s a problem to take a spoonful of local honey in my tea once a week. I usually get it from my voice teacher, whose husband cares for their private hive. The size of that garden? Those bees are happier than pigs in shit.
Plus, have you ever heard of a little thing called symbiosis? When animals live in the same space and benefit each other equally? I like to think of ethically harvested honey this way.
Occasionally, I’ll Use Things That Have Beeswax In Them
Same kind of gist as the honey. If it’s cruelty-free, I’m ok with having it in the products I use.
My Friends & Family Aren’t Vegan- And I’m OK With That
I have to be.
First of all, you cannot force your will upon anybody. The sooner you embrace this, the happier you will be.
Second, the majority of the people that I know and love in my life have never and will never be vegan. They can understand why I do it, I can understand why they don’t. And they do their best to accomodate me, so I should do the same for them.
Anyway, what am I supposed to do, cut everyone off and go join a cult or something? Yeah, that’s problematic at best. My peeps have been way too supportive of me to abandon them based on disagreements.
Let’s learn to get along.
I Own a Leather Jacket
Is your blood boiling yet? Sorry.
I don’t own much fur or leather. I can’t afford it, even if I was ok with it. This leather jacket was something that I bought long before I became vegan.
I don’t wear it and I haven’t bought any others like it. But it felt wrong to throw it out or give it to anyone else. It feels disrespectful to whatever poor thing died to make it.
So it sits in my closet in a comfy little corner. And it’ll stay there until I find something I don’t mind doing with it. If you have a suggestion, I’d love to hear it in the comments below.
I Don’t Think It’s Inherently Wrong to Eat Meat or Animal Products
Some of the arguments I hear against eating meat:
- “Animals have feelings, too”
- “No animal wants to die”
- “Animal products are SO BAD for you”.
Trust me. I hear ya loud and clear. But I just don’t completely agree.
Regarding the first and second argument…
…duh. We all have feelings, we all wanna survive…
No organism wants to die.
But we all do eventually. Maybe there’s a reason, maybe there isn’t.
And as for the 3rd…that’s not entirely true.
Animal products do contain some benefits. Otherwise, we never would have started eating them. (We did start eating meat long before steak dinners were created, after all.) Because it’s from another living thing, we can utilize the energy in it.
Now, do I think we eat too many animal products and not enough fruit and veg? Hell yes. We overindulge in everything as human beings, especially in the first-world countries. As soon as we found out we could, we started taking much more than we needed.
It’s why obesity is on the rise.
So we’re eating too much AND it’s worse for the environment.
(To those who will argue that eating plant-based is WORSE because we’re eating more plants…I eat fewer plants in a day than it takes to produce 1 Mickey D’s meal for you. I stand confident with that statement.)
But as far as just consuming consuming meat and dairy? I don’t think it’s wrong.
See, there’s a little something that’s called The Food Chain…and we are part of it.
Currently, we are at the top…but trust me when I say that if we weren’t, no other meat-eating or omnivorous animal would think twice about putting us on their dinner plate. Because they don’t think about that when it comes to each other.
So, just to clarify, I do think that the current states of the meat and dairy industries needs to change. But I don’t think it’s realistic or necessary for the entire planet to go vegan.
So what the HELL Is MY goal in going vegan?
I wanted to eat healthier and veganism is actually cheaper than some of the other diets out there. Buying high-quality protein (from free-range animals) is expensive as hell. Paleo was not gonna be a sustainable option for me.
I also wanted to get away from cheese because I think it was messing with my digestion.
So here I am, cutting out meat and dairy and feeling better because of it. I don’t limit myself, I eat when I’m hungry and until I’m satisfied, and I stay away from processed foods on a regular basis. Then I eliminated meat and dairy from my diet.
And I like it this way.
The compassion and empathy for other beings came later. I noticed that something as simple as squashing a fly or a spider made me melancholy (even though my fiance is DEATHLY AFRAID of spiders and says I ‘do him a disservice’ by setting them free).
I don’t even wanna hurt a slug…and I hate slugs.
My goal is to make people aware of the difference I now feel in my own life as a result of going vegan. Slowly, I’ve started to recognize changes in myself that I like.
And I feel great.
So maybe I can get some other peeps to try it out, and they’ll get similar results.
What Makes YOU a ‘bad vegan’?
We try our hardest, but let’s face it: nobody’s perfect.
And you know what? That is totally OK.
So what makes YOU a less-than-perfect vegan?
If you’re not vegan, then what is it that’s holding you back?
Drop a comment down below!
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