Lately, when I give up that I’ve recently moved over to Veganism, I am often met with this response: “How’s that working out for you?”
I am quick to reply that it is “working out” great, and I have no regrets or recriminations. I think people expect you to say, Oh, it’s really hard! And I’m always hungry because there’s just not enough good vegan stuff to eat.” Yeah, right.
I belong to a group on Facebook called, “What Fat Vegans Eat”. The “FAT” is actually an acronym for Fantastic, Amazing, Terrific. If the nay-sayers could see the mouth-watering temptations that scroll past my view everyday when I turn on my iPad, they would never have to ask, “How’s that working out for you?”; they would know that we eat better than anybody else.
I saw the above image by Deviant Artist, Wahyawolf courtesy of EVOLVE! Campaigns on Facebook this morning and I love it! My choice to be a vegan is primarily about the animals. I am well aware of the health benefits of being a plant-based eater, but if I can even make a difference to a few animals in my lifetime, or even just one, then it is worth it to me to make changes that preclude eating of their flesh, or using any of their parts for my benefit. It’s not without some inconveniences; yesterday, I found myself waiting for over two hours while my mother had a walk-in-clinic appointment and then had to wait for a prescription. I was starving, having not eaten since lunchtime, apart from half an organic apple.
I was near a grocery store, so I headed in and looked for something that meets with the vegan requirements that didn’t require cooking. I wanted a snack that would fill me up for the time being. Every label I looked at had a reference to milk or dairy – even nuts were treated with some milk substance! I finally found a bag of plantain chips that were free of any non-vegan products, but contained palm oil. I bought them, and ate sparingly, but it got me through until I could get home to eat something decent.
What sorts of questions do YOU get asked when you share that you are a vegan? How do you respond? Leave a comment to share what you’ve experienced.
Have a great day, and “try” to enjoy your food!