"Plant-based" vs. "Vegan"
I think this is a really great article and really speaks in volumes to me. I have an issue with telling people I’m “vegan”, as I think it’s a huge learning process. I often refer to myself as an ‘aspiring vegan’ - I’m 99.9% there! It’s not that I don’t try to not eat any animal products, but mistakes have been made and it’s taken me a while to realise I can’t beat myself up every time I accidentally eat something that’s not vegan, or just simply mess up. I know I’m making a difference, and that’s what’s important.
While not eating meat is easy - I haven’t done so for over two years - veganism can be really challenging. I’ve been trying for months to be ‘vegan’ and this month I pledged that I would give it 200%… but I have still slipped up a few times.
I really like The Happy Herbivore’s point of view. Veganism is a way of life, not just diet, and while I obviously connect with that lifestyle on many levels (campaigning for animal rights, volunteering my time etc) I can still have a tough time associating with some parts of it… vegan police included.
I guess that what it comes down to is this: I feel so proud of myself for the difference I’m making!!! Maybe one day I’ll get there and never make mistakes, but until that day… I’m going to be happy with that and not focus on the label.