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It seems just about everybody is becoming vegan these days. People are becoming more conscious of just how bad certain foods can be for us, including red meat and processed meats. Not only that, animals are rarely treated well and pumped full of chemicals, so when we eat them we’re not being as healthy as we think we are, or as ethical.
So, you know veganism is where a person doesn’t eat any animal products whatsoever. They don’t eat meat, but unlike many vegetarians, they don’t eat milk or eggs either. They don’t eat any products containing byproducts of these things either, so they won’t eat honey, sweets with gelatine, and the list goes on. To some this may seem extreme, but to many, it’s a way of finally giving powerless animals a voice. People like Wayne Pacelle work hard to make sure animals finally have a voice.
But what is selective veganism? This is where you eat a vegan diet the majority of the time, but occasionally allow yourself some eggs and dairy. Similar to a flexitarian, who eats a vegetarian diet most of the time but allows occasional meat or fish if they really want it. To those who are hardcore vegans, this might seem like a cop out. But to others, it could be the perfect middle ground. Becoming vegan might not be an option for some right now, but selective veganism might just be the diet of the future. Here’s why…
One of the hardest things to do, however you eat, is turning down free food. Let’s say someone brings you a coffee to work, or makes cupcakes for the whole office. Turning them down doesn’t always feel great, and can make the person who bought it feel bad. Although this isn’t always a reason to compromise your values, some instances might be worth loosening up a little.
If you’re prone to develop disordered eating, or you have experienced issues with eating all your life, selective veganism allows you to be as healthy as possible while still living a balanced life. As no foods are really off limits, you are less likely to get into a negative mindset about food. Your mental health should always come first.
Many vegans are great people. Some are great people but are hardcore in their approach to the way of life. Some cry when their family members eat meat in front of them. Some can be argumentative. The key to being vegan is spreading the love, being open about your reasons and letting people make their own decisions. It isn’t your job to force anybody or make them feel bad by name calling and crying. With selective veganism, others can relate to you and might just take up a more ethical stance too when they see they don’t have to give up everything.
No matter what some hardcore vegans will tell you, you’re still doing your bit to help. It isn’t anybody’s job to be perfect. As long as you’re helping, you can feel good!