So i was having a conversation yesterday and some vegan suggested that i’m not a vegan because veganism is all about the ethics and as i’m primarily eating a vegan diet for health and fitness reasons then i can’t be considered a vegan because i’m not in it primarily for the ethics.
The conversation had started with me comparing junk vegans (who eat processed food) to wholefood vegans in the context of diabetes causes, and this obviously upsets junk vegans as they don’t like having their diet put down. In studies where wholefood vegans are isolated from other groups there are no incidences of diabetes whatsoever, yet in studies where all vegans are lumped in together, junk through to wholefood, there are diabetics. One can therefore assume that junk veganism is bad for one’s health — which to me seems pretty obvious.
Just because you’re a vegan doesn’t mean that you’re going to be healthy. If you still drink coca cola and eat vegan pizza with high fructose corn syrup, palm oil and other adulterants, or chose some of this plastic pseudo meat made from some veg protein extract produced in a chemical vat somewhere on an industrial estate, then you are obviously going to be opening yourself up to health issues as this stuff isn’t food and it isn’t what the human body evolved to eat and get health from.
Let us be under no illusion, Big Food (the food corporations) don’t want people escaping from their clutches by becoming healthy wholefood vegans. So they produce this plastic synthetic garbage food and label it as “Suitable for vegans” and there are a bunch of vegans out there who go to the shop and the only label that they look for is the “Suitable for vegans” label. They don’t care what’s in their food, they only care about getting something easy to cook/heat up and shove in their mouths so they can claim to be ethical while not really caring at the same time.
But the issue is this: is it truly ethical to be a junk vegan?
Junk food, whether vegan or not, is not good for the environment whatsoever. Processed food and it’s manufacturers, Big Food, don’t care about the environmental damage they cause, they only seek to maximise profits by whatever means it takes. So if you are a junk vegan buying your junk food from Big Food corporations, then you obviously don’t care about the environment either — where’s your vegan ethics now? All too happy to put your environmental ethics aside when it comes to buying whatever makes your life easier, buying manufactured garbage masquerading as food in a plastic tray that you can heat up in your microwave and not have any washing up — but it says “Suitable for vegans” so that’s ethical enough for you.
At the end of the day, any vegan who doesn’t care about their personal health is hardly doing vegan ethics a favour if all they end up doing is showing the world how vegans can still be obese, get cancer, diabetes and other diseases.
A wholefood vegan who primarily cares about their health is a far better advert for this way of life than any junk vegan. I changed back to being a vegan again because of wholefood vegan ultra-athletes that i could see were getting fantastic results from their diets. I would not have become a vegan because some junk vegan started nagging me about the ethics of eating animals while they stand there incapable of being healthy, unable to run, swim or cycle any reasonable distance, while eating a plastic, tasteless, over salted pizza and drinking a can of coca cola.
A wholefood vegan message to the world is simple: eat this and you will drastically limit — if not cut out altogether — your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, strokes, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and many other diseases. Eat this and you will be able, with a little training, to run 10 miles at least, to open water swim 1 mile at least, to cycle 25 miles at least. Eat this and you will live a full and healthy life.
And the side effect of that, even though you maybe only did it for your own selfish reasons, is that you don’t support the abuse of animals for food, you don’t support the wrecking of the environment to grow beef and dairy and eggs and produce junk food. Those ethics are all just an added bonus that you don’t need to get on your high horse about.
And those vegans who do primarily care about the ethics of the treatment of animals and/or the environment should think about how much easier it is to spread their message to others and to get others to adopt a vegan lifestyle if they simply approach it from a health, fitness and wellbeing angle. People pay much more attention to your message when they have something to gain from it. If all you do is attack people, criticising and slagging them off for eating a beef burger or drinking a cup of milk, then you will not change anything. If anything you make people hate vegans and veganism and entrench them even more firmly in their lifestyle: that, in the bigger picture, isn’t really ethical, now is it?
I see it as a very simple thing: if it needs a label to tell you it’s vegan, then don’t eat it. My local greengrocers doesn’t have labels on anything, and it’s obvious that it’s all vegan, it’s all fresh, whole, fruit and veg. A packet of black eye peas doesn’t need a label to say it’s vegan, they’re seeds that will grow into plants if you put them in soil and water them.
So stop eating this processed junk and do your ethics a big favour by showing people what a truly healthy and magical way of life veganism is when it’s wholefood style.
Food for thought.