I feel like I have to talk about this. Some people may be confused. While I fully support the vegan lifestyle and I love everything about it, I’m a bit paradoxical in the sense that I am not vegan.
It is a personal choice really. Whether you choose veganism or you choose Paleo. Or if you choose to eat a high fat or a high sugar diet. It’s all the same. No matter what way you look at it, it’s still a personal choice. I choose (much like my spirituality) to pick from an array of foods – what I feel I require to be the strongest, healthiest version of me.
My main priority is health, and as such – that makes me a Whole Food Plant Based eater. By the very definition, I am not vegan because I don’t put the vegan philosophy first. Coined in 1944 by Donald Watson (founder of the Vegan Society)…
“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
My health comes first above all else, therefore – I am not vegan.
I don’t like complexities. I love simplicity. I prefer to keep my life simple. Right down to the food I eat. I agree that killing an animal needlessly is horrific and I completely agree that factory farming needs to be abolished. But I’m also the type of person who likes to be educated on both sides of the story, regardless of any displeasure it may cause – this allows me to better use my judgment when making important decisions.
Meat is necessary, maybe not for you – but for someone out there, it is. It is a source of food, whether you agree with it or not. For our entire history, man has hunted beast. It is natural because we are part of nature, we are part of the food chain. If you need to hunt moose in order to feed your family for the next few months – go ahead and hunt that moose. If you live in the far north and you need to hunt whale in order to survive… then you do what you gotta do! Some people simply don’t have a choice. The key (for me) is being respectful. Use every damn part of that moose. Honor it, respect it, be grateful and appreciate it. Mother nature put that moose there for the people who live in that part of the world where that is their sole source of food. Eating animals is a necessity in some parts of the world. The way we breed and farm livestock in today’s world is just appalling, profits mean more than lives and that I cannot agree with.
I don’t eat cheese, eggs, dairy, meat. I choose not to because I live in an area where I can choose – not everyone has that choice. My diet is mostly water, veggies, unprocessed grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds. I prefer to eat them raw, I love the concept of the Raw Food Diet as well. It makes a lot of sense to me, but I also see nothing wrong with cooking them a little. It’s still healthier to eat a cooked veggie than it is to eat cooked hamburger smothered in sugar laden condiments, smooshed between two sugar laden buns.
My point is, I like to examine both sides of why something’s good and why it’s bad. I keep a very opened mind and I try to take no sides. I do this in all aspects of my life and it has made my life so much simpler, happier and healthier. My morals are simple. Be happy, hurt nothing unless it’s key to your survival and respect everything, even if you don’t agree with it. I believe hate and a closed mind brings out the worst in people.
It’s like… I don’t agree that using honey is a problem nor do I agree that it is wrong to wear a wool sweater. I do, however, care about how those items were produced. Was it carried out in a respectful way? If not, then I will avoid it. If so, I welcome it.
However, at the same time – I like my facts. And the fact is, your diet is the most important role in your overall health. You owe it to your body to provide what is necessary for it to stay strong and healthy. Because without it, you are nothing. This includes eating a mostly plant-based diet. There is no denying the fact.
I can easily play devil’s advocate because I choose to see both sides. It broadens my ability to understand something and to me, that is extremely important. It also demands a high level of respect for all natural things of this great earth. To be able to accept, understand and appreciate both sides of the story. Because the fact is, your truth is not necessarily my truth. It’s a game changer. The only time I take sides is when the science is strong and it’s something that will hurt others. Like sugar for example – a killer in its own right, but readily available to almost every single person on this planet. I feel very strongly AGAINST sugar.
Just because I don’t agree with something, doesn’t mean I can’t respect it. Your way of life is your own. You make your choices and I make mine. Who am I to judge how you decide to live? Everyone must walk this earth the only way they know how. If you choose to pray to a man in the sky, or you choose not to pray at all. Fact is, it’s still a choice – and it’s yours and yours alone to make. I choose to live by eating things that are beneficial to me and the least harmful to the environment around me. This planet is sacred, it’s the only home we’ve got and we’ve got to respect it, love it and appreciate it. Everything natural was put here for a reason, including animals to be eaten. The key is to be respectful of everything (and everyone) whether you agree with it or not. Going back to sugar for example; I hate everything about sugar and I will educate those around me, but if you choose to continue consuming it, that is your choice and I will respect that.
I guess when it comes down to it, what I’m saying is don’t judge. You choose your life and I choose mine. I respect yours and I hope you can respect mine. I choose health and happiness. I choose respect. There’s nothing else to it.
Until Next Time.