One of my vegan blogging pals, Danielle, inspired my post today:
Vegan does not equal healthy. It should, but really, in today's world of vegetarian junk food, the two are not synonymous. This knowledge shocks people--can't tell you how many individuals have stared, mouth-agape, at me upon hearing this information. But it is true. I don't want to make waves, but the roots of Veganism did not begin with weight loss. Although, sometimes that is a fortunate by-product! :)
Being vegan is about compassion for the animals. I am glad there are so many health-concerned men and women who call themselves vegans. I only wish that those who live it purely for personal health reasons, would call themselves "Complete Vegetarians", or something understandable like that. The title 'Vegan' denotes a spiritual, moral code of kindness, not a fad or diet, and I believe it is important to respect that.
What do you think?
I don't wish to offend anyone with my views. I recognize that we are all at different points on the path of awareness. I certainly have a lot more room to grow. And it must be said that the pursuit of good health often leads to veganism. (That was my journey, after all.) But learning about the animals themselves and accepting their souls to be as precious as mine, completely changed my heart. I could never have stuck with veganism as a diet, but as a lifestyle of thoughfulness, it is as easy as breathing, for which I am deeply grateful...
So, Vegan does not equal healthy--it represents infinitely more! And even if the whole world disagrees with my choice, I am not afraid to stand alone, for I love being vegan!!