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Although veganism has been basking in the limelight lately, there are still people out there who think veganism is at worst, extreme, and at best, unattainable. Time to change their minds
Although veganism has been basking in the limelight lately, there are still people out there who think veganism is at worst, extreme, and at best, unattainable. Time to change their minds

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Taking It Mainstream: 5 Reasons for Ditching Veganism, Debunked | Vegan Mainstream

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December 4, 2011

Image by photostock Although to us vegans it may seem that veganism has been basking in the limelight lately, there are still billions of people out there who think veganism is, at worst, extreme or crazy, and at best, unattainable. I have talked to dozens of people—friends, families, coworkers and near-strangers—about living a cruelty-free lifestyle, and why they believe they could never do it. Or, they have tried it, and have given up – often due to similar reasons. Here are some of the top reasons I hear when I have these conversations, along with my usual In-A-Can answers. 1. “I am not organized enough to plan ahead.” It’s true that eating a healthy (emphasis on the word healthy) vegan diet includes planning ahead. There are grains to soak, beans to cook, greens to clean and if you forget/don’t make the time to bring lunch to work, it might be a bit more difficult to find good vegan fare, depending on your location. However, when you make these habits a part of your lifestyle, and an essential part to living compassionately, they become second nature and you rarely have to think about them anymore. It’s all about changing those habits – and this is one of the easier ones to tackle. 2. “I couldn’t give up meat.” The word “could,” along with its other forms—can and can’t—are crucial to negating the validity of this sentence. Yes you could give up meat, but you don’t want to. I don’t say that to be judgmental—I catch myself using the “C-word” all the time. When someone offers me something non-vegan—at a friend’s house last weekend, for example, I was offered a 2 AM bag of Goldfish Crackers—my initial reaction is often “oh, no thanks, I can’t eat those.” But I can. I choose not to. Veganism is a lifestyle choice, one that you really have to believe in in order to stick with it. If you think you can’t give up meat, well you probably aren’t ready to. 3. “I just love cheese!” And some people love cigarettes, but if they continue smoking them, they will bear the consequences. Oh, that is extreme! I don’t mean to say that eating cheese is like smoking a cigarette. However, by buying cheese—just like buying cigarettes—you are supporting an industry that has gotten extremely wealthy based on the lies they sell to consumers. Similar to No. 2, by choosing to give up dairy you are supporting your health, the health of your planet and deciding where to invest your hard-earned dollars when you purchase the food to fuel your body with. Now those are some heavy choices. 4. “It’s too limiting” tied with “It’s too expensive.” If you think a vegan diet is limiting and expensive, you’re doing it wrong. No, really. Instead of focusing on the things you can’t eat—meat, cheese, eggs, etc.—make a list of all the things that you can eat. Not only will your second list be healthier, but it will probably be less expensive, too. 5. “I love leather! And wool. And silk. And…” Oh, trust me, I love leather too. This has been the hardest thing for me to part with, honestly. It’s something I still struggle with. As far as goods go, I still have some used leather things in my apartment—my free couch, for example. On the shoe front, I

have taken my suggestion in No. 4. Instead of being bummed about all the shoes I can’t buy, I let myself splurge on vegan shoes pretty regularly. Plus, they are usually less expensive, because they are man-made. I win! To me, nixing all animal products just feels like the right thing to do, as it aligns with my beliefs. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. If the right thing was always the easiest thing, well there would be a whole lot less “wrong” going on in the world, wouldn’t there? The key to living a successful vegan lifestyle is believing in it. If you’re doing it to be trendy, or to lose weight, chances are you won’t stick with it. But do your research, watch some documentaries, talk with some animal rights groups, and get to know the ethics. It won’t be so hard after that.

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