resources for vegans

anonymous asked:

My mom friend says she won't eat artificial meat because it's heavily processed, filled with artificial stuff which can't be good for you, and usually soy based which she thinks is bad for you. She has said that she will never try to do what I'm doing because her 2 year old son loves meat and sometimes all he'll eat for dinner is chicken or hamburger, and all he used to eat for snacks was sugary processed stuff and now he's finally eating exclusively cheese and lunch meat instead. (1/2)

It’s always fun when non-vegans simultaneously claim vegan food is expensive because it’s for “rich health nuts” but then also claim that it’s unhealthy and unnatural at the same time. You gotta pick one or the other, guys.

Every single vegan I know was raised on meat, dairy, and eggs and enjoyed the taste. That’s no excuse. (I know you know that, but I’m giving you a couple responses you can use, if you want :) )

Children throwing temper tantrums is not a valid reason to let them eat whatever they want, either. Human beings are naturally drawn to foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugar, and I think we can all agree what our bodies crave isn’t what’s always healthy for us. Children don’t know better, and we’re supposed to guide them, teach them, and most of all, take responsibility for their health. I really wish my caregivers had been more firm with me and didn’t let me eat crap when I was a kid. I didn’t know any better.

I was curious, so I thought I would grab some screenshots of vegan meats and cheeses that I love, and compared the ingredients to store-bought and fast food meats. Let’s see how they hold up.

Celebration Roast:

Seems pretty natural to me. Lots of spices and vegetables. Wheat gluten, in case anyone doesn’t know, is the part of the wheat kernel that is most filled with protein, and is excellent at creating a meaty, hearty texture.

Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage:

Again, nothing too scary or artificial in there.

Field Roast cheeses:

Pretty simple stuff, they melt like cow cheese, and they taste better than any kind of cheese I’ve had as a non-vegan.

Boca Chik’n Patties:

Maybe not as “natural” as the ingredients above, but Boca is cheap, is pretty damn healthy (3g fiber, 12g protein, 7% of daily recommendations for potassium and 8% for iron, 0g saturated fat, 0g cholesterol), and you can find it in every grocery store.

Now let’s look at some non-vegan products, starting with EASY MAC Cups (which is made by Kraft, who also makes Boca products)

Wow. Not sure what half of those things are. Not to say that that’s bad or good, but you can hardly call that natural, right? Even the Boca patty looks healthier than the mac and cheese.

Cool Whip:

Totally natural, right? Not artificial at all.

Animal products, totally not processed or artificial in the least.

Various products from Hormel, as well as from McDonald’s and Burger King. Kind of interesting how the most natural things about these products seem to be the vegetables and spices they add to them. ;)

I could go pull out the various cans of beans, lentils, jams, nut butters, etc. that I own (and were cheap) to keep proving my point. Not only is vegan food healthy, it can be very affordable.

There is a real problem with healthy foods sometimes being more expensive than processed foods, but that’s a problem of capitalism and the government subsidizing crops for animal-feed, as well as certain crops being subsidized for being made into sweetener - not being eaten directly. Farmers who grow vegetables, fruits, and tree nuts don’t receive direct subsidies, and if they did, that would go a long way into making veganism even cheaper than it already is.

Washington Post - U.S. touts fruit and vegetables while subsidizing animals that become meat

The True Cost of a Big Mac ($12 taking in external health and environmental costs)

US Farm Subsidies Explained (and it’s not to make healthy foods as cheap as possible)

anonymous asked:

I keep thinking about going vegan, but I'm really overwhelmed. I'm not even vegetarian yet. It all seems so daunting, to be so hyper aware of what I'm eating and make sure I plan meals and things, and I'm afraid I don't have the mental energy to do it, or the physical energy to cook all the time, or the budget to buy the right food. Do you have any advice?

I sure do! I’m very happy you reached out to me (and this is a long post so I’m going to sprinkle in pictures of cute animal I took, so I hope that’s okay).

One of the great things about being vegan is that it becomes second nature pretty quickly. You don’t even think about it. Most people only eat a handful of foods, and not only can you find vegan versions of those, your palate tends to expand after going vegan. You start trying new foods you’d never thought of before. I’m so in love with food at this point that it’s a bit ridiculous lol

So after a while, you’ll get so used to knowing what is vegan and what isn’t, and you won’t even think about it. You’ll spot animal-based ingredients like a champ. And if you accidentally buy something with animal products in it, you go “oh shoot” and know for next time. You’ll find shortcuts too. I can skim an ingredients list in seconds and determine pretty accurately if it’s vegan or not (especially because things like dairy, seafood, and eggs have to be highlighted as allergens).

As far as cooking and meal prep goes, you can do as little or as much as you want. My cooking skills go as far as microwaving, turning on the oven, and boiling water. I don’t even own any appliances beyond a toaster and microwave (I’m hoping to add a rice cooker to that, because that makes healthy meals SO MUCH easier to create. You can even put tomatoes or beans in with the rice and cook it at the same time).

(That’s Roy, and yes, his head is as gigantic as it looks.)

Basically, I would look at what you eat now and see how you can start to switch things out. Going vegan is about switching ingredients, pretty much. Animal butter for plant-based butter. Cow’s milk for soy, nut, rice, or oat milk. Animal protein for plant protein. Scrambled eggs for scrambled tofu (or “vegan eggs” you can buy that taste incredibly delicious).

I’ll provide some resources below that will probably explain everything better than I could. But going vegan is so exciting, and while there is a little bit of a learning curve, it will feel less like a chore and more like a whole new part of your life opening up to you. Let me know if you have any more questions!

Vegan on a Budget: 17 Easy & Affordable Recipes

Seven Day Meal Plan

Switch & Ditch (Meat and Dairy Alternatives)

Build a Meal

What Your Plate Should Look Like

Iron-Rich Foods

Protein Powerhouse

25 Delicious Vegan Sources of Protein

Going Vegan on a Budget

Going Vegan for People Who Hate Eating Vegetables

FYI

to help make a difference in climate change and to not contribute to human and animal suffering as much as possible i:

- am vegan in all aspects
- do not have a car
- walk and bike as much as possible
- use public transportation when i can not
- use reusable bags
- use reusable water bottles
- use reusable utensils
- use reusable containers
- refuse plastic at all opportunities
- buy recycled/fair trade clothing as i can
- try my hardest to be zero waste
- throw away NO food
- recycle everything i can
- switched to having all of my energy come from renewable sources
- appreciate all water i use
- pick up trash
- buy local produce when i can
- forgo produce that uses many resources
- donate money to vegan and environmental causes
- live a minimalistic life
- get furniture and appliances second hand if possible
- sell and donate things i no longer use

does that make me better than you? of course it doesn’t. but i probably am doing better than you. what the fuck are you doing for the planet? do more.

anonymous asked:

How would one be a vegan when they really dislike vegetables? I know that sounds stupid, but I'm already a vegetarian for hating the taste of meat. I struggle to get enough iron and protein, even with milk and eggs. I've tried plant sources of protein and iron like spinach, quinoa, and pumpkin seeds, but my sense of taste/smell is so hypersensitive that I find it near impossible to eat vegetables. I try to force myself, but it's just so hard. Any advice?

It doesn’t sound stupid at all! I was extremely picky before I went vegan and the only vegetables I would eat were peas and corn. That’s it. I hated most vegetables, and I still despise very common plants such as onions and bell peppers. Seriously. I will wish death and demise upon anyone who tries to give me onions or bell peppers.

As far as taste goes, the longer you go completely plant-based, the more your taste buds will change. I know that sounds cheesy and weird, but I promise, it’s absolutely true. I used to need to heap sugar and salt on EVERYTHING. Now, I don’t even own sugar (I think I have maple syrup in the fridge) and I only have salt for when I need to gurgle it. I like a lot more vegetables now, including Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and even kale.

Milk and eggs can cause some problems such as too much cholesterol and inducing mucus in the sinuses (that was my big problem when I ate dairy, as I’m very prone to sinus and ear infections). From a health perspective, dairy and eggs aren’t worth the pus and contaminants you’re getting in return. And from an ethical perspective, dairy and eggs are probably the cruelest industries, so cutting them out when you can is very, very worth it.

As long as you’re eating enough calories, and you don’t have any sort of genetic anomaly, you really should be getting more than enough protein. Most people on a standard Western diet actually get twice as much protein as they need, and that can be very harmful to the kidneys. Too much iron can be unhealthful as well, so unless you suffer from iron-deficiency anemia, I would actually be more concerned with going overboard with protein and iron than anything else (unless you have a medical condition or you have menstruation cycles). And if you are truly worried, you can always buy a plant-based protein powder and make daily shakes (or just dump them into water and drink them like that if you’re like me and don’t have the time/energy). Getting blood tests every few months is also very helpful, and can tell you if you really are protein or iron-deficient.

I’ve been vegan for 12 years, and the only vitamin deficiencies I’ve had were with vitamin D and vitamin B12. Vitamin D because I can’t go outside (heat and high pollen count), and B12 because I didn’t supplement for years and vitamin B12 deficiency runs in my family. You really do need to buy a vitamin B12, not because it comes from meat, but because it’s created by soil bacteria and archaea. And with modern farming practices, we no longer eat vegetables straight from the dirt, therefore we need to supplement. Even non-vegans eat B12 supplements, but they do it through animal feed and B12 shots given to farm animals, rather than through the supplement itself. And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather get B12 directly from the lab rather than through animal feed. :)

If you’re really concerned about iron and protein, all I can say is legumes, legumes, legumes! Bean and lentil it up! Seriously, you can’t eat too many of these guys, and you should honestly be eating them at nearly every meal. Personally, I’ve found black lentils to be my favorite (I’m really picky when it comes to my legumes). Find what you normally eat, especially anything soup or pasta-based, and just add canned beans or lentils to it! Chickpeas are also great, and you can add hummus to basically any type of sandwich (or use it as a dip like I do).

Tofu is also a fantastic source of protein and iron, and soy milk is by far my favorite plant milk because it has the highest concentration of iron and protein. If you don’t have a soy allergy, soy is the way to go. People will falsely claim that estrogen-like isoflavones in soy will give you “breasts" and will “feminize” those who eat it, but there is actual estrogen and progesterone in dairy milk. Not only that, but soy can help lower breast and prostate cancer risk, and the same cannot be said with dairy (quite the opposite, actually, as breast and prostate cancer has been strongly linked to dairy). (x) (x)

Do you find it easier to eat ingredients separately? That’s what I do. I don’t like nuts, seeds, or fruits when they’re cooked into things, but I enjoy eating them raw as snacks. Lately I’ve been on a blueberry and walnut kick, where I will eat a bowl of blueberries and walnuts (separately), and I swear it’s helped bring my inflammation down. Plus walnuts have lots of protein.

The wonderful thing about plants - there’s such a huge variety. You can keep searching until you find a few that you like. That’s basically what I do. I’m still a fairly picky vegan, and I don’t make very much money and I don’t know how to cook, but I’ve made it work for many years. You just gotta find what works for you.

Here are some resources for ya! I hope they help!


Vegan on a Budget: 17 Easy & Affordable Recipes

Seven Day Meal Plan

Switch & Ditch (Meat and Dairy Alternatives)

Build a Meal

What Your Plate Should Look Like

Iron-Rich Foods

Protein Powerhouse

25 Delicious Vegan Sources of Protein

Plant-based vs. Meat-based Iron

Iron in the Vegan Diet

anonymous asked:

Hello! I feel like you're the kind of person to help handle an issue I'm having. I've decided to go vegan because of many many reasons I'm sure you know. I feel like everywhere I go people are saying "drink your milk and eat your meat to grow stronger!!11!" and sometimes I try to meekly explain to my friends why that is actually bad, but they just blow me off, make jokes and say "wellllllll not ALL cows are treated like that." I really want advice on what to do to help them see my point of view.

Hi anon! You’re awesome and I want to thank you for reaching out to me. I was once like you, a brand new shiny vegan. At first, everyone was pretty terrible to me too. Or at least, they mocked me for deciding not to eat animals. I tried to give them the facts, how the animals are treated, and how they’re basically just babies when they’re slaughtered (days to months old, depending on the species). But they just laughed it off.

Eventually, after a looong time, they saw it wasn’t just a phase, or a fad, and that it was something I truly stood by. And they stopped being shitheads about it. Even my ex, who was an avid meat-eater, told me I was right and that going vegan was probably the best way to live. He didn’t want to do it himself, but he said he knew I was right.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t really help the animals, does it?

Sometimes the best way is to show them is through a different lens, one that doesn’t come directly from you. Another voice. There are some really amazing documentaries out there about how animals are treated on farms, labs, zoos, and slaughterhouses. I admit, I didn’t have any interest in vegetarianism (I didn’t even know what veganism was at the time) until I had to witness what happened to these animals with my own two eyes. And I feel that most people are the same way. No one wants animals to be hurt or killed, especially if their money helps pay for it, and showing them actual footage of what happens in these places is honestly, in my opinion, something everyone needs to experience.

Here are some of my favorite documentaries I pulled from this post and I hope they help!

  • Earthlings - narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, details the human use of animals in five specific areas: for food, clothing, entertainment, science, and as pets. It’s graphic but YOU HAVE TO SEE what are you contributing to.
  • Lucent -  explores the darker side of Australia’s pig farming industry, highlighting the day-to-day tremendous cruelty accepted by the industry as standard practice.
  • Cowspiracy  : The Sustainability Secret - explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of environmental organizations on this issue. The movie has made such an impact that it motivated at least two restaurants to go vegan.  
  • What the Health -  the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing  trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping people sick.
  • Before The Flood -  a look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.
  • Peaceble Kingdom : The Journey Home -  the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.
  • Meat The Truth -  presented by Marianne Thieme the documentary is drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, that has been repeatedly ignored, one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production.
  • Forks Over Knives - advocates a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet as a way to avoid or reverse several chronic diseases.
  • Blackfish -  a documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales and its dangers for both humans and whales.
  • Live & Let Live -  is a feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan.
  • The Cove - analyzes and questions dolphin hunting practices.  the film is a call to action to halt mass dolphin kills, change fishing practices, and to inform and educate the public about the risks, and increasing hazard, of mercury poisoning from dolphin meat.
  • Speciesism: The Movie -  The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide factory farm, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.
  • Vegucated -  story about 3 omnivore New York guys who plan to go vegan for six weeks for weight loss and other health benefits, but during their vegan journey, they uncover the dark side of animal agriculture, and all of a sudden find themselves against the very industry they patronized a few weeks before.

anonymous asked:

I'm not really trying to troll, I'm just curious. What do you think of animals, not humans, who eat meat to survive and literally can't survive on plant only diets without severe health problems? Like, big cats and hyenas and alligators and stuff.

Thank you for your ask. Certain animals need meat to survive. We don’t. It’s really that simple. And animals like big cats, bears, etc. not only don’t have other options, they don’t have the ability to make decisions on what they eat based on morality. That’s not to say animals aren’t capable of kindness or compassion, they absolutely are. Even apex predators will usually only kill what they can eat - they don’t do it for blood sport like humans. Hunting, real hunting (not the cruel bullshit that most humans partake in) takes a lot of energy and can be extremely dangerous. Animals kill because they have to. They don’t do it because they enjoy it. Or because it tastes good. Or because it’s part of societal norms they grew up with. They do it for basic survival. And that’s just not the case for most people living on this planet, especially for those with access to Tumblr.

For the most part, wild animals cannot make decisions based on moral and ethical principles. We can. And we do, everyday. And our diets should absolutely reflect that, especially since we are literally paying for animals to be killed because they taste good. Not because we need to eat them to survive.

Whatever misinformation you’ve heard about plant-based nutrition, I guarantee is almost entirely false, especially in regards to protein and amino acids. Most people are working on a framework from the 1970′s that was debunked decades ago (mainly that we have to eat several different plants in a single meal in order to combine proteins, and that’s just categorically false). Several national dietician organizations have stated that veganism is appropriate for every stage of life, and that includes infancy, childhood, and later stages of life. Do a quick Google of “vegan triathlete” or “vegan bodybuilders” and you’ll see that not only can you be an extreme athlete on a plant-based diet, you can actually do better than on a meat-based diet.

I appreciate your message, and I love getting asks from people who are genuinely curious! If you’d like more information on plant-based diets and veganism in general, I’ll link a couple posts below. You can choose depending on what kind of learning media works best for you.

Books about Health, Animal Rights, and Veganism

Netflix Documentaries/Movies about Animal Rights and Veganism

anonymous asked:

Hi, Going Vegan Anon again. I was looking at the labels on the things in my house, just to get familiar with doing that, and my frickin BODY WASH isn't even vegan. It's got honey extract and "hydrolyzed milk protein". I'm not...terribly upset about that, really, but it just astounded me. I wanted to share.

DUDE IT’S NUTS. Wait until you learn what things like “glycerin” are. Slaughterhouse byproduct (unless they state it’s plant-derived glycerin). Albumen is from egg whites. Casein is from dairy. Rennet comes from the stomach lining of slaughtered calves and is put in cheese. Carmine is a red pigment from the crushed female cochineal insect and is used in all sorts of dyes and coloring agents.

And it’s all in soaps, toothpaste, shampoo, makeup, you name it. It starts to feel like you’re in a horror movie once you realize that liquidized animals are in so many things. Instead of wanting to scream, “IT’S PEOPLE!” you’ll start yelling, “IT’S MADE OF ANIMALS!!”

But don’t worry, friend. There’s lots of great products made with plant-based ingredients. No more days of washing your teeth, hair, and skin with bits of animals.

Also a common theme among hygiene products that contain animal products - they are often test on animals. I’ll provide a couple links that might be helpful to you too!


10 Common Ingredients in Cosmetics Derived from Animals

Common Cosmetic Companies That Test on Animals

How to Read a Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Label

Vegan Apps (including one to identify animal ingredients)

anonymous asked:

Are vegetarian and vegan diets really that healthy? I've read somewhere that it was difficult to get enough proteins, which could cause a series of health problems. Plus some of the vegetarian/vegan people who I know take diet supplements like fish oil to make up for the proteins they don't take, so I don't see how refusing to eat fish but then taking those supplements it's beneficial.

It’s definitely possible to be healthy on a vegetarian or vegan diet.  I think it’s easy if you’re vegetarian–eggs are fantastic sources of protein and vitamins–and requires a little more planning but isn’t that hard if you’re vegan.  There’s a lot of non-meat sources of protein: tofu of course, but also beans, nuts, whole grains, and some vegetables.

I’m not going to go into huge detail because personally I eat meat, and there’s a ton of resources out there about vegetarian/vegan diets, but it definitely can be done.

Fish oil isn’t a protein supplement, by the way–there’s no protein in it, it’s pure lipids–but it provides Omega-3 oils and sometimes Vitamin A.  Most people can get enough of those from their regular diet, (including a plant-based one), so it’s sort of uncertain whether it’s necessary to supplement or not.

anonymous asked:

You're obviously under no obligation, but do you have sources for all the different ways animal protein (and other stuff in animal products) hurt our health? Seriously sick of hearing "meat is good for you and animal protein is the superior protein" and other such bullshit.

Hi! Sure no problem, I am happy to do that for you!

Dr. Greger’s podcast is a great source of everything plant-based nutrition/health related. His website is also a great source of information, and he has lots of videos that you can watch for free.

The Netflix documentary “What The Health” is also another fantastic resource, and it just came out so it will have much more up to date information.

Here are some articles that should be helpful as well:

Diet High in Meat Proteins Raises Cancer Risk for Middle-Aged People

Why High-Protein Diets May Be Linked To Cancer Risk

The Protein Myth

High-Protein Diet Raises Cancer Risk As Much As Smoking

Animal Protein Intake and Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The E3N Prospective Study

Hope that helps!

marshmellow-dinosaur  asked:

Hiya, would you be able to link me somewhere where I'd be able to find affordable vegetarian/ + vegan food alternatives? It's just that I want to reduce the amount of meat in my diet before coming vegetarian to see how well I can do currently with my very low food budget. I might not be able to move away from meat completely but I want to have a solid attempt of finding alternative recipes to integrate into my diet. Soya and almond milk I feel queasy taking them so I may remove milk entirely?

Hi! Absolutely! And I’ll share it so other folks can take a look too if they want.

@acti-veg has some really stellar posts about pretty much anything and everything you’d want to know about going vegan. They even have a “vegan on a budget” tag, but here are some posts I picked out for you.

Cheap Vegan Recipes

Cheap Vegan Essentials

Vegan on the Cheap

Tips for Eating Vegan on a Budget

12 Tips for New Vegans who Don’t Know WTF They’re Doing

I totally get the low budget thing, and a lot of people start going vegan to save money. Rice, beans, and frozen vegetables are going to be your friend. Tofu and tempeh are a great, cheap source of protein, but nothing beats canned beans and lentils. Nutritional yeast lasts forever, has protein and vitamin B12, and you can sprinkle it on anything (it tastes like cheesy flakes). It’s pretty much a staple of vegan life (it’s a poorly kept secret that we’re all kind of hooked on it).

Vegan phone apps are also super helpful, either for finding nearby vegan food, or for looking up ingredients and recipes. (HappyCow is my personal favorite vegan food finder).

I’m not sure where you live, so I can’t say for sure what will be available in your area, but if you can’t use soy or almond milk, that’s okay! You can also use rice milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, oat milk, hemp milk, and I think I saw quinoa and hazelnut milk once? I personally love cashew milk, it’s very thick and creamy.

I also have a vegan blog at @vegannerdgirl if you have any more questions. Sometimes I’ll get personal and talk about my medical conditions and health, and how my veganism ties in to all that.

So yeah, I hope that helped! And you can always keep in touch. Nothing makes this easier than having a community who will support you and people you can reach out to. :) Let me know how it goes!

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felicisfox  asked:

can i ask, do you eat honey? and if not, why? i personally don't eat meat or dairy but i'm not vegan as i still eat eggs (and fish, but i plan on stopping as soon as i'm in a position to) because i don't see anything wrong with doing so. can i ask why you don't? i can see why you wouldn't eat eggs from caged hens, but i have eggs regularly and they're all free range and locally sourced.

Thank you for your ask. I do not eat honey, as I am vegan and honey is an animal product. Honey is a like dairy, eggs, wool, or any other animal byproduct. It requires exploitation of animals, and in the case of honey, it harms both the domesticated bees, and nearby wild bees and nectar-eaters who have to compete with the honey bees for resources. (x)

Honey can have many side effects, such as affecting blood sugar levels, causing allergic reactions (especially with people who are allergic to pollen, celery, and other plants), causing abnormal heart rhythms, and can poison infants and young children from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.

Here is another post on why buying honey is harmful to domesticated honey bees and endangered bees.

Another post on why honey isn’t ethical to purchase, some of the common industry practices in beekeeping, and alternatives to honey.

Here is my post on why eggs are cruel. Hens’ bodies fail them after a fraction of their lifespan because of reproductive issues. We have overbred them to the point where they are chronically ill and disabled, and the hatcheries where these animals come from still macerate male chicks after one day of life because they are useless to the industry.

25,000 abused hens have been rescued by Animal Place, and the most egregious cruelties have come from organic egg farms.

The US egg industry is shady as hell, and the USDA advises egg companies that they cannot label their products as “safe”, “healthy”, or “nutritious” due to their cholesterol and saturated fat content, as well as the real threat of Salmonella and avian flu perpetuated by these industries.

Eggs are every bit as cruel as dairy, and I am very curious as to why you avoid dairy but see no problem with eggs. They are both the product of exploitation from female reproductive systems, and require the killing of male offspring soon after birth.

Thank you for your message, and please let me know if you have any more questions!

  • Me: *makes post about veganism and why x argument against veganism is wrong because etc.*
  • Somebody, inevitably on this hellsite: *diverts the topic at hand, complains that I'm being classist, ableist, racist or sexist for talking about veganism or being vegan, accuses me of bullying, gets angry that I'm not talking about them and their issues, or dedicating all 24 hours of my time to disability rights, Syrian refugees, or what have you. Assumes that I'm a swastika-wearing Trump supporter who loves animals more than people despite having a load of posts that talk about why veganism is a leftist movement, resources for disabled vegans etc. and is actually a female vegan with autism, and lives at home with a mother who is vegan with fibromyalgia*