This is the second part of my ‘explaining veganism’ entry, if you haven’t yet read part one of this then please go and do that now.
As explained before, I will touch up to some of the FAQ that I have gotten whenever I mention my lifestyle choices. If you have any more questions then send them my way on my social media channels.
Veganism is not healthy.
Most of the time, this is not even a question, but more of a statement.
Yes, it is possible to become malnourished on a vegan diet, just like it is a possibility if you are consuming animal products. Human bodies are designed in a way that we don’t need animal products to survive or live healthy and happy life.
Any diet needs to be carefully planned to ensure correct nutrition. Vegans and vegetarians typically have lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, lower rates of Type 2 diabetes, lower body mass indexes, a lower risk of death from heart disease, and lower overall cancer rates. Science and research confirms that you don’t need meat to be healthy at all, in fact, statistics point to quite the opposite.
Where do you get your protein/calcium/iron/omega/zinc etc. from?
Please do some research before you ever ask this to any other vegan again. Honestly, I am so tired of answering this question. Here’s a great source: http://www.veganuary.com/why/nutritional-benefits/
Vegans can’t eat anything; vegans can have nice meals; a vegan diet is boring etc.
Again more of a statement rather than a question (most of the time). Most of the time, if before coming up with these accusations people actually did a simple google search, they would know, that it is very simple to find some lovely vegan recipes online. I have got a whole Pinterest board on this.
Isn’t it expensive to be vegan?
“Vegan pantry essentials like pasta, rice, beans, lentils and ‘everyday’ vegetables tend to be much cheaper than meat. You’ll also save some money by not buying meat, fish and expensive pre-packaged meals and this is likely to cover the extra cost of buying plant milk, vegan cheeses the more exotic of vegetables and fruit.” – Source
Don’t plants feel pain too?
This question makes me want to facepalm myself so hard my brain would drop out of my bum.
“Plants have no central nervous systems, nerve endings, or brains. In other words, plants possess none of the receptors with which sentient beings experience pain.” -Source
But if you say you love animals, don’t you feel bad that there is meat going bad in the stores because you are not buying it? I love animals and that’s why I buy meat!
Those, who are not familiar with basic business knowledge, would see this as totally legit. However, if we look at the way most grocery stores are design anything that can be found on the shelves of grocery stores is based on demand. If demand rises for non-animal products, the stores will stock more of those products. Think of it in terms of celebrations – at Christmas, there are certain products available in much larger quantities, because that’s when demand for these products rises. Because here are no to very little demand for these product during summer these products can rarely be found in stores. By purchasing an animal product, you are indirectly agreeing with the cruelty that is taking place in this world, because you are contributing to demand for it, giving a signal to all the cooperate suppliers that whatever they are doing is fine and acceptable because people are still buying it.
Don’t cows have to be milked or they’ll explode?
“A cow can only produce milk if she gives birth to a calf. The cows on dairy farms are impregnated every year so that they continuously supply milk. In a natural setting, cows would fall pregnant normally, calves would suckle from their mothers, and milking by humans would be completely unnecessary. On these farms, however, the calves are taken from their mothers only a day or two after they’re born. This is to maximize on the milk produced by their mothers for human consumption. ” -Source
Do you now hate non-vegan people?
No, I don’t. Not everyone is fortunate enough to born vegan and I certainly wasn’t. Up until couple month ago. I think as long as someone is respectful towards me, I will try to be respectful towards them. I believe that even small change matter so if that person would choose to have a vegetarian meal in front of me, I would be happy with the progress. I don’t believe in whole ‘go vegan or die’ idea that a lot of vegans do. Obviously, I will not go to a steak house and I will not sit there and be happy about you having a steak in front of me and while I will promote and encourage a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle to my friends/ co-workers and family that doesn’t mean I will isolate these people out of my life just because.
However, I do have an issue with people calling themselves environmentalists and still eating meat or saying that animal testing is horrible and yet purchasing products that are tested on animals. Imagine if someone said: “It’s awful to have your fingers chopped off, it is truly awful, but I am still going to do it. But, hey, at least I will tweet about, how I feel it is awful.” That would do no good, right? Because ultimately you still would have your fingers chopped off.
Another issue that I have with ‘social media animal activists’ is when recently Cecil the lion was killed just for fun or sport by this douche (who’s name I am not even going to publish) and my twitter feed blew up on how awful this situation was. All of a sudden everyone cared and, yes, while the situation is extremely saddening and unfair, there is no difference between Cecil being killed and you having steak for dinner!
I could never give up cheese!
Again it’s a statement, not a question. You are not really allowing your mind to indulge in the possibilities. You can have vegan cheese or other vegan alternatives.
“Many vegans were lovers of animal products before taking the plunge into a plant-based way of living, but the feeling of ‘missing’ a particular food doesn’t last. The human brain quickly latches on to new sources of taste-based. There is a vast choice of animal product substitutes, such as high-quality non-dairy cheeses like Vegusto or Daiya, and it’s also worth pointing out that many treats traditionally made with animal products can become vegan with no noticeable change in taste – such as chocolate, cake or ice cream.” -Source
Here’s a list of all the awesome vegan people, some of them are pro athletes. Obviously, it is possible to be vegan and be a pro athlete.
I know these only cover the tip of the iceberg, but honestly, if I were to include every bizarre question, I have ever gotten, I would be writing this post forever. Be kind to one and other!
Originally written October 2nd, 2015. Edited February 11th, 2017.