The Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFit Talker
“I have been a vegetarian since I was 15 years old.” ~ You.
Veganism is not just about avoiding animal products, it’s also about being compassionate towards animals. Animals are sentient beings with feelings and emotions like us humans do! They deserve our respect and compassion! There are many benefits to becoming vegan such as:
1) No meat = no suffering for the animals.
2) No dairy = no suffering for cows or other farm animals.
3) No eggs = no suffering for chickens or other farm animals.
4) No honey = no suffering for bees or other pollinators.
5) No leather=no suffering for cows and other farm animals.
6) No fur=no suffering for sheep and goats and other farm animals.
7) Animal testing=vegans don’t wear animal products!
8) Vegan cosmetics=vegans don’t use animal products!
9) Vegan restaurants=vegans eat out without eating meat!
10) Vegan bakeries=vegan bakers don’t bake with milk or eggs!
11) Vegan ice cream shops=vegan ice cream parlors don’t sell cow milk or egg yolks!
12) Vegan delivery services = vegans get their food delivered without meat or other animal products!
13) Vegan animal sanctuaries=vegan farmers don’t exploit farm animals!
14) Animal rights groups=vegan activists help animals!
15) Veganism is a compassionate choice that does not harm animals.
You are unique in many ways and one of them is the way you are a vegan. Just like most of the seven million other Americans who are also following a plant-based diet, you have a strong compassionate streak that runs through your life. You do not want to contribute to the suffering of animals and you want to live your life in line with your beliefs. You have strong feelings about the meat, dairy, and egg industries and you do not want to participate in them.
One of your reasons for being a vegan is your concern for animal welfare.
You are not a freegan (someone who eats food that has been discarded) or a scavenger. You also are not on a diet; you have chosen a plant-based approach to your meals and snacks because you believe it is the right thing to do. When you choose not to eat animals or animal by-products, you are respecting their right to live as you respect your own.
You have a regular job and pay taxes. You also own your home and you pay your mortgage payment every month. You believe in treating yourself with respect and in respecting other people, animals, and the environment. One of your concerns is the state of the environment.
You know that raising animals for food production is extremely taxing on precious resources such as water and land.
You enjoy eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and nuts. You also love to cook creative vegan dishes for yourself, your family and your friends. Most of the time you find that when you prepare meals and snacks with plant-based foods, they taste just as good as the meals you made using meat and dairy foods. Sometimes they taste even better!
You are not afraid to stand up for your beliefs. When your co-workers or friends want to go to a steakhouse for lunch, you join them and order a veggie burger. When someone wants to go out for drinks, you suggest the new vegan bakery that just opened in town. Your friends know that when they invite you out to dinner, they should offer you a choice between restaurants since there is always at least one meat-free and dairy-free restaurant in every city!
You have found that being a vegan is easy for you. You like the way you feel and you love the fact that you are not harming animals by eating them. Your belief in animal rights has grown stronger because you know you are participating in taking animals off of anyone’s plate!
Your family members are used to you bringing vegan dishes to holiday gatherings and suggesting restaurants that you all can enjoy. They know that when you come over, we can still enjoy our time together because I always have delicious veggie burgers, veggie chicken strips, and eggless cookies for you to eat. They know that you do not begrudge them their meat, dairy, and egg-rich diets. You simply choose not to eat that way.
Being a vegan is easy for you for many reasons. One of the most important ones is respect for animals. You do not want to contribute in any way to animal cruelty, whether it occurs on a factory farm, in a laboratory, in the wild, or even on a small family farm. You respect animals and you respect yourself.
You are certain that if someone asked you why you are vegan, you could explain your reasons easily.
Choose the description that sounds like YOU!
You are comfortable and confident being a vegan. You don’t have to think about it very often. When you do think about it, you know that you are making the right choice for you. Other people’s beliefs and food choices do not affect you.
Other people’ beliefs and food choices rarely affect you. You are happy being a vegan and everyone in your life knows it so they respect it. You feel good about yourself and your reasons for being vegan are important to you. You take the time to explain to others why you are vegan when they ask.
You are becoming a vegan. You still love animals, but you also want to be healthy and it is important to you to take animal rights seriously. When someone asks you why you are vegan, you have an answer, but it might not always be the same one. You are learning and growing as a vegan!
You know you are becoming a vegan because you love animals and you do not want to eat them or their secretions any longer. While you think that being healthy is important, the animals and your growing belief in animal rights are more important to you. You have not told anyone you know that you are vegan yet, but when you do, you will be honest and open about it.
You are not quite sure what vegans eat. You know you want to help animals, but you are not ready to take on all of the beliefs that go with being vegan. You know you will figure it out, but for now, you just try to eat vegetarian foods. You know you will learn more as you go and you will think about it more when you are ready.
You do not want to eat animals, but you aren’t sure about eating dairy products or eggs. You know that there are some vegans who also avoid honey. You will have to think more about it and learn more before you can make a final decision.
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