Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Warning: Vegan Rage Level 4 (Slightly Elevated)

Does eating this seem difficult? (Image from Daily Candy: Boston.)
An article on Boston.com decrees going vegan: Not easy. Or rather, easier talked about then acted upon. What a load of malarky.

Don't get me wrong, going and being vegan can be incredibly frustrating at times, but I would not call it DIFFICULT. If you're committed to the decision, it's just something you do.

It's certainly not as hard in Boston, where we have several vegan and vegetarian restaurants, and more and more restaurants are offering a vegan entree option or are willing to whip something up.

The intrepid reporter appears to have staked out Allston's Peace O' Pie to find sources for this article. Which is a gimme and a little lazy, in my opinion. It doesn't even sound as though she walked two doors up to Grasshopper (another vegan restaurant) to find additional interview subjects.  

Don't eat, use, or wear animal products. Be specific in restaurant (I don't eat cheese, cream, milk, butter, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, or anything with those ingredients or cooked with those ingredients. Annoying? Yes. Difficult? No.) Read labels. Be diligent, persistent, and vocal.

BOOM. Done.

And if you don't want to be vegan? That's cool. I'm not judging you. Honestly! And yes, I'll still share my cookies.


Anonymous said...

living a life that minimizes cruelty is a life-long process and one that *should* be difficult. just sayin'

Nicole said...

I guess it depends on how you're looking at the word difficult. It can be time-consuming and sometimes expensive (though it doesn't have to be), and you could look at these things as being difficult. But knowing what I know now about animal treatment and the health and environmental implications of using animal products, well, I think it'd be difficult to ignore that and go on using them. Mostly I think that it's not difficult because making compassionate choices has made me feel better than I ever have in my entire life. I feel at peace and that I'm actually doing something unquestionably good for the world. I should say that's my journey/decision, and it's not for everyone. Admittedly, I was a bit indignant when I wrote this original post. I'm tired of the media making a vegan lifestyle seem unattainable.