After my post last week, I decided to hop online and post on my favorite Vegan Group on Facebook. I asked them, “What type of vegan do you consider yourself?” To be honest, I expected back a handful of replies that said, “I’m just a vegan” or “I do it for the animals” or even, “I want to lose weight.
Close to 300 replies later, I have a list I didn’t even know existed. My little 2 part series will be 5 parts–this being number 2 on the list.
What Type of Vegan are You? Ethical or Dietary.
ETHICAL VEGAN: This is why I’m vegan. I’m an ethical vegan. At least that’s how it all started. Ten years in, as I grow older, the dietary aspects have started to play a role. But for me, when people say, “Why did you become vegan?” the answer is always the same.
I did it for the animals. I did it for the Earth.
What is an Ethical Vegan? It’s a person who decided to give up animal based products–all of them, not just food. No leather, wool, cashmere, silk–all of these products come from animals. I don’t wear fur, I really hate Uggs (I also think they’re ugly, but that’s besides the point), and I avoid things containing lanolin, gelatin, whey, and honey. I go the extra mile, meaning I don’t only mean cute fuzzy animals–I mean human animals as well. I go all the way. I don’t have diamond. I don’t shop at places like Forever 21 or Walmart. I am not a fan of Sam’s Club or other companies who won’t pay their workers a livable wage. That’s me. That was my decision. I’d like to make this very clear, when I meet people who don’t walk the same path as me, I don’t judge. My purpose on this planet has nothing to do with judging anyone but myself. The life I live is a lined with the decisions I made–they define me. I, however, don’t make choices for you or anyone else. (Well, unless your my kid. But once he’s old enough, he can make his own choices as well.) Life is hard enough without having someone try to make you feel bad about yourself. I don’t want that for you. I want you to thrive.
Ethical Veganism may seem like extremesim, and to some it is–but to me, it’s the least I can do. I live in a world where I go to three different grocery stores on shopping day. Three of them. I’m not without anything. I have a roof over my head, food in my belly, shoes on my feet. I am blessed, and I know this. This is my way of saying thank you, of giving back. And I’m happy to do it.
DIETARY VEGAN: Dietary Veganism is all the rage, just as it should be. Because, after all these years or people giving up animal products to save the animals, doctors learned that by eliminated animal products, people would live much happier and healthier lives. Documentaries like FORKS OVER KNIVES, WHAT THE HEALTH, & VEGUCATED came to be–beautiful teaching tools that showed the world we can over come all sorts of diseases, just by changing your diet.
As I grow older, watching my child go from tiny baby to nearly ten year old, dietary veganism had become very important to me. I live with a junk food vegan. If it was up to him we’d have pizza, processed burgers, hot dogs, and sausages every day of the week. And once, not to long ago, we did.
Then my hair started breaking, thinning, falling out.
A Dietary Vegan is a person who decided to take their own lives into their two hands and say enough is a enough. A healthy vegan diet has been shown to reverse chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes. It can be the tool to help you lose that weight. To make your heart healthier.
Above I said I was ethical for animals and other people–well, always remember to be kind to yourself. I’m a Dietary Vegan, because of that. I care about me, about my husband, and my son. I want to see him grow up, have a family, turn into whatever he’s supposed to be.
The many levels of veganism will take more than one post to cover, so please come back next week to learn more about the world of the High Carb Low Fat (HCLF) Vegan and the Plant-Based Whole Food No Oil (PBWFNO) Vegan. There is no wrong way to start on the Plant-Based Vegan Path, but it is nice to have the tools to maintain the lifestyle you want to be in.
Thanks for reading, and always remember, be the change in your life. You deserve it.