If you read my confession page you've found out that I'm not 100% vegan, but everything I post here is. Obviously this raises a lot of questions from both sides of the fence. Here are the answers to some of them:
Ok so if you're not vegan, what's with the vegan blog? Hypocritical much?
Hmmm. I've struggled with this one a lot. Then I had a revelation:
The sum total of what vegans and omnivores have in common is far greater than marketing executives would have us believe. This isn't meant to redefine or water down veganism, but merely illustrate that a vegan diet is far more inclusive than most of us realize. I find many delicious and decadent things that coexist happily in all camps so that's what you'll find here.
Why be all "sneaky" about it?
Short answer: Psychology 101.
Slightly longer explanation:
A vegan diet is perceived as an all-or-nothing extreme, something very "other" that is unfathomable to those of us, myself included, who grew up on (and thoroughly enjoy) meat, milk, cheese, butter and all that other "good stuff" that we know perfectly well is anything but good for us. Just mentioning the V-word conjures up images of tasteless salads, fake-food substitutes and other universally unappealing stereotypes that tend to make anyone with carnivorous inclinations cling to the nearest bacon-double-cheeseburger like a life raft.
I've been a fitness freak for most of my life so cheese, butter, milk and a bunch of animal fat were never a big part of my menu plans. A lot of us are more "veganish" than we realize, we've just always called it something else: health-conscious.
Recently I came across a bunch of yummy-looking vegan recipes and was prepared to totally overhaul my pantry so I could try a few. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that almost all of the ingredients already reside in my kitchen. And day after day as I've watched my husband (aka "the Bear") devour my little experiments with the same enthusiastic fervor he dedicates to our meatier meals, it's occurred to me that perhaps this isn't so "other" after all.
All my abolitionist friends are pretty psyched that their "omni-friend" started a vegan blog, but still, there's no point in raising any red flags or incurring unnecessary resistance from the Bear, my mom, or anyone else who thinks I've lost my mind. What they don't know won't hurt them...and in this case, it will actually help.
Is it working?
Amazingly, yes! Even my mom is on the program - she's not only down to her ideal weight, she's significantly lowered her cholesterol with less medication in just a couple of months. Now she's lecturing her friends and even her doctors about the benefits of a vegan diet - go Mom! And the Bear? He's busy eating...
As I stage this quiet coup in my kitchen, I smile to myself thinking back on all the futile preaching I used to do about health benefits and horrific food production practices that either started arguments or fell on deaf ears. It's SO much more effective for me to simply shut up and cook everyone some good food.
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