My Top 5 Excuses for Not Being Vegan (and the no b.s. truth behind them)
This is just a fun one today. How many of these excuses did you also use before becoming vegan? And just how vegan are you today? (Title for a game show? Ha!)
Keeping it real with you guys is important to me! Here’s where I’m at in my own vegan space.
Personally, I eat vegan except when I’m out with family. Food is a really strong part of my family culture and bonding, and while I keep it vegan when I can, I also still eat my momma’s cooking if there is a little dairy involved. At home and out with my husband, we keep it strictly vegan.
Here are some of the excuses I’ve used on this road to veganism, and the no b.s. truth I had to admit to myself behind each one!
1 | I’m broke. I can’t afford to be vegan.
Girl, bullshit. Seriously, have you seen how expensive meat is? And the prices on meat and dairy are only as low as they are because the industry is subsidized by the government. Google it and do some research, you’ll see.
A vegan diet can be super expensive, just like any other diet. If you’re out buying steak and lobster every night, your non-vegan diet doesn’t work for broke folks either. But I can have a fairly healthy vegan diet for less than the cost of the Hamburger Helper and Ramen Noodles diet I grew up on with a single addict mother- so that whole it’s-too-expensive myth is garbage.
Find tips for being vegan on a budget on Pinterest, it’s a really great resource! Also check out Youtube for some great ideas. Personally, I go with frozen veggies most of the year, I buy nuts, seeds, and beans in bulk, and I keep rice, pasta and pasta on hand. I grab a two cartons of almond milk each week and a bag of frozen fruit for smoothies. Everything else is a luxury, and even with some luxury items I’m able to cover groceries for two for less than $60 per week! Don’t knock out the price until you actually do some research and TRY consciously shopping for your budget and values. Be resourceful, it’s part of taking responsibility for the impact you have on the world. Own it.
2 | I’m not healthy enough to be vegan. I need dairy.
Now, I’m not a doctor and I’m not saying this is never a true fact! BUT I am saying it’s an excuse that can often be boiled down to laziness or poor time management. This is not a message intended to make anyone feel guilty for their needs requiring going against a vegan philosophy. I’ve been there and I understand the pain and frustration that come with this. Do your best, take care of yourself, and please don’t feel ashamed.
That said, here are my thoughts on this as an excuse. Personally, I have cystic fibrosis which requires a high-fat, high-protein, high-calorie diet in order to keep me healthy!
If I try to maintain a raw vegan diet, I usually fail because I need to get a LOT of food in me and it’s really time consuming and difficult to do raw, but I get resourceful to stay vegan. I speak up with my dietitian, I do my research, I take all the tips people share for cutting fat and calories from a vegan diet and I do the opposite. When I first started, my doctors resisted quite a bit, but I pressed with questions and did my own research. Sometimes you really have to take responsibility for yourself. Do the research, take ownership of your own health and well-being. Work WITH your doctor instead of just being a slave to whatever you’re told is recommended. The easy way isn’t the only way, and this easy way comes at the expense and torture of so many innocent lives.
3 | I don’t have time to consume a healthy vegan diet.
Make time. Meal prep on the weekends. Learn to manage your time, it’s part of being a responsible human being. Negotiate, pay, or ask for help if you need to. Research quick easy vegan meals like what I shared in my last post. There are resources out there if you’re serious about it. This is a ridiculous excuse. Eating is part of life, you have to do it. Own it.
What you have time for in life is all about priorities. It’s not that you don’t have time, it’s that you haven’t chosen to make time. Make the time, or be honest about how it’s just not worth it to you and don’t make excuses. Myth busted.
4 | I’ll miss out on precious bonding and family events as a vegan. They won’t invite me anymore.
“I allow animals to be abused and murdered on my behalf because I love family dinners.” Nah. Like I shared in the beginning of this post, this was a huge pain point for me too, but I learned to work around it in a way that felt true to me. Even if this is the case, you can ease into it by making this decision part of your home life. Just like you need to put your mental health and fitness at the top of your priority list, you can place your eating habits up there as a decision too. It’s up to you, so if you genuinely don’t want to do it, just own that instead of blaming your mom. Who you choose to be is your responsibility.
5 | The change I’ll make by going vegan is totally insignificant because not enough people are doing it.
Tell that to the cow who died for your actual hamburger. Tell that to the mother who lost her child so you could have that sip of milk. Just because “everyone else” is doing it, doesn’t make it right. Go research the stats on how many people are switching to dairy-free lifestyles over the past few years. Take a moment to really appreciate the animal rights movement, watch some documentaries and search the vegan tags online.
It’s not that nobody else is doing it, it’s that you don’t know a lot of people who are doing it. Go out there and try to meet them, I bet you’ll be surprised.
This post isn’t meant to shame anyone, it’s not meant to be preachy and obnoxious. But it is meant to be a swift kick in the pants to taking responsibility for your own life choices and the impact you’re having in the world.
Veganism isn’t just about the animals and the planet, it’s about a sense of personal responsibility for the state of the world. It’s important to recognize that we each have a choice. We have the power to choose how we want to live our lives, and it’s people living numbly and blindly and in disconnected ways that are creating the chaos and tragedy in the world today. It’s time to wake UP to who you are and what you love, and start living that consciously in every choice you make throughout the day. THAT is how we fix this disaster humans have created in the world and between one another. If you don’t choose to be vegan, own it. Own up to the values you’re living. Take responsibility for the whole legacy you’re leaving behind on this earth one day.
That’s all I’m saying.
Are you leaving this post feeling frustrated with yourself for not making the change, still wishing you felt “ready?”
Good. Go to Pinterest. Look up vegan challenges or transitioning to vegan, and start taking action.
Go to Netflix, search vegan, and educate yourself. Get passionate. Let it in. You feel this way for a reason.
Welcome to the vegan club, friend. <3