If I were to define vegan in a very simplistic way (which it isn’t) I would say it’s “Cruelty Free”! This is the main reason why I became vegan, simply because it’s cruelty free for all animals, feels to me more loving and caring to live this way…
Though I must admit that not always I like labels to define the way we eat. I think the important thing is to eat healthy and for me that means a plant based diet. That’s why sometimes I don’t like the fact that vegan is associated with a specific diet. Healthy eating is not a diet and labels can make it seem like it is. After all everyone is different and even in a “vegan diet” we can eat very different from each other.
I thrive a lot more in a plant based diet that includes loads of colourful fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, grains and less refined food or heavily processed foods. Also excluding all dairy or any animal products as well as gluten works the best for me.
This said I want to make clear that I don’t eat this way all the time. I love a cheeky hot chocolate from Costa, a delicious pizza from Pizza Express, a glass of bubbly (sometimes more than one) and I don’t think we should feel guilty for not eating 100% healthy all the time. Life is not about perfection but about balance.
So find what works best for YOU and be happy 🙂
Even though I don’t always agree with the vegan label to define the way we eat I want to take the opportunity to celebrate all the vegans in the world, after all we mean well, all we want is to end suffering for all animals and help out the environment along the way. Doesn’t that sound good?!
Forget about some vegans that are a bit bully with their believes… We should be respectful for other peoples view points specially because a lot of times they might not have the same information as we do. I find that a lot of people don’t really know the way they treat the animals. They haven’t realised that to have milk in the supermarkets caws need to be injected with hormones to fake pregnancy to keep them producing milk, they don’t know that they feed them with foods that they can’t digest because it’s cheaper and for that they create a huge hole in their stomachs so farmers can manually digest the caws food. Can you imagine how painful that must be? And this is just a tiny example… If you’re curious to get more information I listed below some of my favourite documentaries:
Happy World Vegan Day