You all are amazing, thank you for all your kind words of support. I know we have said it before, but we loved hearing all your thoughts on taking days off from working out. It looks like we all like to be active in some form, which is great but also listening to our bodies and take rest when needed. : )
Jenna said it well, “I have a weak, lethargic feeling.” Lori and I noticed we do not feel as strong when we take days off, which I felt weaker today during our workout. Today we did the Hotel Room Workout from Bodyrock. I am looking forward to working out hard again, I missed it.
Now we have a heavy topic to discuss here today. As much as we love to keep things light and relaxed on our blog, we do like to discuss things that we consider hot topics. I was catching up last night in my google reader and read a post from a friend that I wanted to further discuss. Now I do not want to offend anyone or tell anyone what to do, I just want to voice my thoughts.
The topic : VEGAN
I am not sure if any of you noticed but Lori and I no longer call ourselves Vegans. It happened awhile ago that we decided we did not want that label. We did not want it to define who we are or stereotype us.
Now I know there are “vegan police” out there that have their rules or guidelines for being able to call oneself Vegan. And I think it is wrong. I think it is horrible that people will treat others badly or make them feel like shit just because they had a piece of cheese or bought something non food related that was not certified vegan.
I feel it is more important that a person is trying. Trying to eat less meat, cut out dairy, make better lifestyle decisions. Aren’t we suppose to support one another?? Why do we feel it is okay to bash someone for a decision they make….it is their choice???
The word vegan seems to have a negative feeling about it with the general public.
“oh she is vegan” eyes rolled, backed turned
Why is this? Why does something that is for good, mean something so bad to so many?
To me vegan – is more than just a lifestyle. Yes I went vegan for health reasons. Is there really anything wrong with that? But I also feel vegan is about treating everything better…animals, people, Earth…but there is such a close narrow mindset around the word – VEGAN.
So I choose not to eat meat. Does that make me a bad person? Does that make me weird?
Yes, to many people it does which to me is unfortunate.
Lori and I have had our fair share of vegans being rude or not understanding some of our choices…yes we occasionally have goat cheese…to me that does not define who I am. I always get it locally…a farm I have visited…a farm that treats their animals well. I understand that yes the animal did not get a say, but I do feel it is also about treating animals better.
I know being vegan is more than just a lifestyle, there is a bigger picture. I sometimes feel sad that I can no longer call myself vegan because I am afraid of others. But at the same time I feel I have freedom again. Freedom to make a choice…MY CHOICE.
One of my favorite things to do is take a recipe and make it vegan…remember this Cookie Dough Tahini Bar.
I thought being a vegan would also mean people would understand or not judge but I was wrong. I sometimes feel more pressure from vegans than I do a meat eaters to eat this way. Is this fair? right?
NO. I do not think so.
Why do we have to put so much pressure on others. I rather see someone eat less meat than to never give “veganism” a try because they have fear or too much stress to keep up with it.
I think we should be more supportive when others try to eat less of this or stops buying this, etc. And if they slip up, it is okay….encourage them to let it go and just get back on track.
Lori and I….
Do not eat meat.
Do not eat fish.
Do not drink milk. (we are intolerant to it)
Do not eat dairy based yogurts or kefir. (we are intolerant)
Do not eat eggs.
Do not eat honey.
Do occasionally have goat cheese.
Do occasionally have bee pollen.
Therefore in many people’s eyes I cannot call myself vegan.
I am okay with that, just please stop giving me hell for it.
Yes, I try to buy non-food related products from vegan companies, but again I am not perfect.
I will continue to eat an all plant based diet. I will continue to do my best and support companies that do not harm animals.
But I confess I am no longer labeling myself as a vegan.
I also confess, I used some bad words here. Sorry.
Till next time,