My Uncommon Experience as a Vegan

I Don’t Do Vegan Diets

So I’m not your typical vegan. I mean, I follow the vegan guidelines as close as possible by refraining from eating meat and dairy products. And honestly, it’s not really that hard. But my experience as a vegan is not the ‘norm’ or most popular reasoning. Many health conscious people know veganism’s power and influence on the world is miraculous. But today, I’m focusing on vegan’s diet on the body, specifically my body. And no, I’m not going to tell you what will happen. If you’re looking at this page, you probably already know. And if you don’t, my bad, Hun.

Veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of either the diet or the philosophy is known as a vegan.

~Wikipedia

 

Weight Loss and Plants

As you all may know, many people starting their weight loss journey have decide to use a vegan diet as a catalyst for the weight loss. Plant based nutrition does wonders for the body! Even Beyoncé has planned to use a plant-based diet to get ready for Coachella  2018. Makes sense, she’s trying to get right and tight. Based on my experience, most people who are aren’t too familiar with veganism only know  about potential weight loss benefits. And it low-key pisses me off.

Plant Based Lifestyle Not Plant Based Diet

Here’s why I’m in my feelings: I keep getting asked how I’ve physically changed or I’m told how great it is because so and so lost weight. I’m genuinely happy for anyone’s weight loss successes. Congrats! But I wish more people knew of the other benefits so they would stop assuming my vegan agenda is the same as theirs.Because unlike your best friend’s daughter’s sister, I haven’t lost a single pound from changing my eating habits and I’m cool with it. I changed my entire eating habits to form a lifestyle, not a diet. Thus, I am not disappointed about not losing any weight because that was not the purpose of my plant-based lifestyle.

I love my body. That is why I’m working on it from the inside out. In other words, I’m working towards enriching my body, my mind and my spirit. I eat the way I do for my overall health not just for my looks. Okay, so I still have to work to do when it comes to fitness. But who doesn’t? Until my workout regime starts revealing my progress, the rolls stay. And I’m okay with that because my eating habits are on point naturally. It does annoy me that I have to work differently than a lot of vegans to slim down. But I know my results will show eventually. In the mean time, I’ll continue to enjoy cooking just like I have in the past. But in the meantime, I’dd appreciate if people didn’t assume all vegans are trying to lose weight.

My Advice

Many people forget that eating preferences are very personal, regardless if they are based on a personal goal or individual lifestyle. As you can see, social media has become the perfect avenue to share experiences and give advice while reaching many people. With that, I believe veganism has become a fad or the new quick-fix weight loss trend because it has been portrayed as such on social media. And then temporary vegans assume I’m on the same bandwagon they’re on and ask me super personal questions based on that assumption.

  1. So if you meet a vegan and you want to bond over your shared experience, make sure one exists. Talking about eating preferences is difficult when the conversation is weight loss advice. The other individual may not have any to give.
  2. Ask them why they became a vegan? This will help guide the conversation.
  3. Don’t tell a vegan that you could never be a vegan forever. That’s a lie. Can’t and won’t mean to different things. It’s okay if you don’t want to. But you’re actually putting yourself down by stating you’re inability to accomplish a goal.
  4. If you’re vegan for the a common reason, go ham and share away. But if you don’t, you both may not have much in common and some question may come off as too personal.

But you know, I could be wrong. I’m only human. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Have you ever experienced what I’m talking about? If not, does this seem unreasonable to ask for?

Let me know in the comments below.

 

 



54 thoughts on “My Uncommon Experience as a Vegan”

  • I totally loved that you shared your vegan diet perspective here. I think so many people take the “Beyonce Coachella” approach. I’m happy to hear that you’re talking about it as a through and through vegan. Kudos! I’m not a vegan — and I don’t plan on being one — but I still loved your perspective.

    • Thanks for the encouragement. I’m so glad you understand that I don’t think it’s wrong to take her method, I just want people to know both.

  • As a fellow vegan I feel your pain. For starters, I was never “big” so I didn’t go vegan for the weight loss benefits and it isn’t just about food! I am also more conscious of what I clean my house with, beauty products, and more…like it is literally a lifestyle for me at this point.

  • I love you explained your perspective on veganism. While I am not vegan I have considered it but I realized I don’t believe I can’t do it because animals are used for a variety of items and I would want to make sure I knew every detail about everything I was using.

  • I have never been a Vegan but many people around me are so I feel like I’m half a vegan by association. I love seafood too much to give it up and be a vegan but I always like to hear other people’s experience and perspectives (both good and bad) thank you for sharing yours.

    xo Sheree
    PoshClassyMom.com

  • I think for me what you shared here that really struck home is that none of the things we do should be treated as a diet or a fad because we won’t be able to stick to them then – it has to be treated as an actual lifestyle as you said – thanks for sharing!

    • Thank YOU for sharing your comment. Sometimes when I write, I’m not totally sure if I’m being clear. You validated me.

  • This is such a different perspective from most of the vegan posts I see. I think people should just accept others lifestyles. We should all try to understand eachother.

  • I think people need to follow a vegan diet correctly so that you get all your nutrition. Potatoe chips are vegan but you should eat eat only chips. Start the conversation but don’t follow blindly

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