Why I Am a Bad Vegan

1. I kind of wanted to do it for selfish reasons. I'd heard you could lose weight, I'd heard you would have more energy and I'd heard it could clear up your skin. Nothing about the treatment of animals. That didn't even really have any baring on my decision. Even now, the benefits I tell others about are how aware it makes me of what goes in our food and how I eat such a range of healthy colourful food, not how many animals I've helped.

2. I'm a Paris Vegan? Believe me I didn't even know it had a name either. A Paris vegan is someone who's plant based day-to-day but if they go out for a meal, they'll eat vegetarian. Last week I had a goats cheese and caramelised onion tart. It was delicious. I feel like that's a big secret off my shoulders. I don't want to have to inconvenience people when I eat out and I also don't want to eat chickpeas everywhere I go because that's all they have that's vegan. 
EDIT: I'm getting better with this every day, last week I even emailed a restaurant and they did me a custom vegan menu for the night!

3. Hell sometimes I buy fish. I make a delicious smoked haddock chowder and I love the taste.
EDIT: January was the last time I had fish, this is something I may have again when traveling but will be avoided day to day.

4.   I encourage others to be a bad vegan. For me, and for many other people, the vegan lifestyle ideal isn't so attainable 365 days a year. I share facts I find on the internet like this one - 'Going 1 year without paper saves 8.5 trees, going one year without beef saves 3,432 trees' to encourage people to make small changes.

At the end of the day I do want to adapt to this lifestyle as fully as I can, but I want to be able to live my life how I want to and not feel restricted. I feel restricted by the hardcore vegan community online, who would outcast me for any of these reasons, I feel judged by people outside the community who hear I eat vegan and try and find holes in everything I do. Why is there such a big difference in the way society's view vegetarians and vegans? Why is it ok to cut out some animal products but not all?

I want to use this space to share the vegan wins I have, but also to let you know about the mistakes I make. I want this to be a place where people who are thinking about becoming plant based can come and feel proud of what they are able to achieve rather than feeling defeated because they can't manage to be completely vegan in every aspect of their life every day. I mean, I've just noticed I've chosen a picture of myself with a bloody leather jacket on. We can't do it all, can we?

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