Or be in any restrictive diet for no medical reason.*
Veganism has become a big trend. I realized how big it is when, few days ago, I found vegan burgers and minced vegan meat (wtf?) at my local supermarket in Norway (which carries a very small variety of products anyway). More and more vegan and vegetarian restaurants pop up in Athens. I have nothing against vegans or vegetarians and I enjoy a good vegetarian dish every other day, because you don’t necessarily need animal products to have a delicious filling meal. However, I don’t see myself committing on a vegan lifestyle anytime soon. Here’s why.
Note: If you get offended easily, please skip this. These are my personal opinions on why I won’t follow a popular lifestyle. If you do choose to be vegan or vegetarian or anything really, good for you.
Because I don’t think I can become vegan and still have a balanced diet. Veganism can be healthy and beneficial for the body and the health. However, I have a healthy balanced diet that includes animal products and doesn’t include an abundance of processed food and sugar. Changing that would require a trial and error period that I’m not going to put myself into. It would also require much more effort from my part to sustain a healthy lifestyle getting all the nutrients I need in such a restrictive diet. I’m just not into it. I like to be able to eat everything. I like moderation, not restriction.*
Because vegan doesn’t mean natural. Vegans nowadays have access to the same processed food options as omnivores. Vegan cheese, vegan bacon (?!), vegan butter and vegan meat don’t sound that healthy or natural. What about normal vegetables, grains, beans, fruits? You don’t need vegan cheese.
Because I like the taste of meat and fish and eggs. And cheese (even though I am lactose intolerant). I don’t eat a ton of meat every day. I don’t even eat meat every day. But sometimes I do and I like it.
Because I come from a country whose traditional diet includes animal products. In Greece, people traditionally eat meat in moderation and our diet is supposed to be one of the best ones. We also have plenty of vegan recipes, because we’re not supposed to eat meat or fish every day. Moderation is key.
Because a vegan lifestyle is not better. For me or for the planet. I follow a very healthy lifestyle. I try to eat whatever is in season, source my food locally if possible and waste as little as possible. Vegan is not necessarily better, if you eat out of season vegetables or buy food that comes from far away.
Because I believe that eating a variety of foods (both animal products and not) will provide me with a variety of different nutrients. By definition veganism reduces the variety of foods one can eat. In my mind, it is very straightforward. Eating a bigger variety of foods will result in getting a bigger variety of nutrients. No?
How do you feel about veganism?
* I cut down on refined sugar few years ago, but I still eat chocolate (that contains sugar) every so often. So, moderation.