Definitely Not Vegan/Vegetarian But...

I’m trying to be conscious of what I consume. It’s really important to be aware of what you’re putting in your body.

I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but your body needs fuel!

Recently, I’ve become more aware and particular in what I eat. This week, unfortunately, I was feeling sick so it was a lot of chicken noodle soup and crackers for me, but otherwise, I’ve been doing pretty well.

- I try have veggies every day in some form - raw, cooked, sautéed, etc. 

- I try to eat almonds every day.

- I do my best to eat a lot of protein and avoid over-indulging in carbs.

I’m really trying to eat better. & I’m glad I have your support. Thanks for letting me share my journey with you, it means a lot.

Because there is a close connection between veganism and vegetarianism, many people - including the public, media, health care professionals, and even practitioners themselves - often unwittingly twist the meaning of these terms. The word “vegetarian” was coined in 1847 by the founders of the Vegetarian Society of Great Britain. (Prior to that time, people who abstained from eating meat were called “Pythagoreans.”) The definition of “vegetarian” has not changed. It has always meant and continues to mean “a person who does not eat meat, fish, or fowl, and who may or may not eat dairy products or eggs.”

The word “vegetarian” has always dealt solely with what a person eats; it has never delved into the reasoning behind a person’s decision to practice a meat-free diet and therefore does not address motivation. Consequently, vegetarians embrace a wide range of perspectives and rationales. There are vegetarians who believe a plant-based diet is the most healthful, or that it will help them lose weight, or that it is kinder to the environment. For others it is a political statement or an economic solution. Still others are motivated by their compassion for animals. There are a number of groups and individuals for whom vegetarianism is part of their religious convictions or spiritual practices. Some view their vegetarianism as temporary or a matter of circumstance; others see it as a lifetime commitment.

Unlike vegetarianism, veganism has always had a specific, unifying philosophy associated with it, and, in addition, has always dealt with much more than what one eats. The term “vegan” (pronounced VEE-gn) was coined by Donald Watson in 1944, and was at once adopted by the group who founded The Vegan Society in England later that year. The Vegan Society was the first organized secular group to promote a compassionate lifestyle. Their definition of “veganism,” which is accepted as the decisive standard worldwide, is as follows:

Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence for life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals.


Jo Stepianak, 

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