“Do you mind if I eat this chicken sandwich?” a friend asked me when we were out one lunchtime. “Go ahead,” I replied and then she still double checked with me to make sure I was okay with it.
When people find out you’re vegetarian or vegan they tread carefully around you where food is concerned, assuming any meat product offends.
Usually I’m out of alignment with trends but I’ve joined in with the current surge of plant based eating. I’ve been following a vegan diet for a couple of years. When I first made the jump from from vegetarianism, there were hardly any vegan options in the shops but these days, more products are hitting the shelves. It’s becoming easier to eat plant based. It’s the ‘in’ thing. I’m doing something ‘in’ – yay me!
Seriously though, my reasons for ditching meat and dairy completely have nothing to do with wanting to follow a trend. I eat this way because it feels good to me. And while I don’t wish to consume any animal products, I respect other people’s decisions to eat what feels good to them.
Not everyone sees it this way.
I worry that zealous vegans instil the same sinking feeling you get when Jehovah Witnesses knock on your door and you keep away so you can’t be preached to or converted.
It never ends well when one person or one party relentlessly ‘educates’ the other on the merits of joining their side. This isn’t just with food but in an arena where superiority rears its ugly head.
So let’s just eat what feels good. In fact, let’s just do what feels good physically and ethically, and worry less about what everyone else is or isn’t doing.