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.

 

 



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