I thought I would do a post on some of the most common responses to my vegan lifestyle and plant diet. I find that there are generally just a few common reactions to the way we live as plant based eaters.
With yesterday’s radio interview, I have already had a few e-mails from people, and mostly they have the same response:
“That is so great for you! BUT…. “
So today the common response is “I love (fill in bad food) too much to be able to give it up!”
This one is funny. Because I didn’t just wake up one day and decide that I all of a sudden didn’t like cheese or ice-cream or french fries. It was not as though I just got sick of those foods and decided – “Hey! I don’t even like cheese anymore, so I might as well go vegan!”
No, far from it actually. Instead it was that I LOVED cheese and I would have given my right leg for a good cheese sandwich and instead I made the CHOICE to give it up, despite my love affair with it.
I don’t know many vegans or plant-strong people who stopped eating meat/eggs/dairy because they just stopped liking the taste of those things. It is generally a very conscience decision to better your life, the life of other beings and to better the planet, even though you happen to really enjoy the taste of certain foods.
I suppose it would be similar to a smoker giving up smoking. I doubt many people who give up smoking all of sudden out of the blue just don’t like the taste of cigarettes one day and just decide to give up smoking for good. Instead, like food, it is a very deliberate decision on their part and usually one that takes a bit of hard work to accomplish.
If you are considering the vegan lifestyle, please know that it’s not about you figuring out how to not like the taste of certain foods (at least at first). It’s about making a decision that you are not going to consume those things, despite how much you might like them. Those foods do you absolutely no good, and in fact are probably doing you a lot of harm (just like smoking would for someone). Not to mention those foods (meat/dairy/eggs) are causing so much harm to other living beings, so much pain and hurt, and despite your enjoyment for the taste of them, it might be time to weigh the consequences of the decisions you make in regards to food.
Your tastes will change over time, but at first it will be hard to get past your addictions to certain foods. I suggest writing a list of all of the reasons you would like to make this really wonderful change in your life. Be aware that you indeed have a choice not to consume those things, and decide that you are strong enough to make those choices.
It’s not about liking or not liking something – it’s about making the choice to do what is best.