Today's post my contain a discussion that is considered somewhat controversial. My hope is that any discussion that ensues will be fair, respectful and informative. Let's keep it clean folks!
But first here's a look at some of my vegan eats for the day
I channelled my inner third-grader and munched on a toasted bagel with peanut butter and banana. Old school but it did the trick!
Spinach salad with crumbled black bean burger, walnuts and almonds
Black bean and corn salad with lime. I <3 this salad in a big bad way! (So did the Boyfriend and he's so NOT a salad person. In fact, his dinner was just as vegan as mine. Score!)
Question of the Day
After doing quite a bit of thinking I posed the follwoing question on Twitter this afternoon:
Clearly if anyone took "offense" to this it was my 12th grade English teacher but I digress...
There were varied responses to this question that got me thinking even further about whether non-vegans participating in a challenge of this sort could be perceived as offensive to those who live this lifestyle every single day.
I can imagine vegans being concerned that it might:
- make veganism seem like the "thing to do" or the latest fad rather then a lifestyle choice based on ethics
- make veganism seem like a diet or weight loss gimmick
- make veganism seem like a flippant decision that you can easily commit to and then abandon
- make veganism seem too hard (use of the word "challenge")
On the other hand I think we can all appreciate that the challenge:
- highlights the lifestyle choice and the varied reasons for why one would become a vegan (ethics, health,etc)
- sheds light on hot-button issues like factory farming and animal cruelty/exploitation
- allows non-vegans to see this issue from a different perspective and have a more well rounded perspective about it
- teaches non-vegans to read food labels and have a better understanding of what goes into their food
- influences non-vegans and non-vegetarians to learn to cook and enjoy meat-free meals that they may continue to include in their regular meal plans
- keeps its participants from eating animal products for 7 full days
Ultimately, I think (and hope) that the vast majority of participants in this particular challenge are doing it to better understand what it means to be a vegan and not because its the cool thing to do at the moment. And I sincerly hope that at the end of the challenge every single person will have learned enough to make educated decisions about their food and nutrition going forward (even if the first thing that they do is grab a big hunk of brie when the challenge is over!)
And at the end of the day, if Oprah made being vegan "cool" the end result is fewer animals harmed. I think we can all agree that that's a win no matter why it happened, right?
So tell me, what are your thoughts on temporary veganism?