I choose to be vegan

I was inspired to write after reading some commentary about the dreaded Vegan Police, of which I’m not a fan.

Veganism isn’t about policing; it’s about expanding your thoughts about what you eat, not reigning people in.

Veganism isn’t about being exclusionary; it’s about sharing all of your wonderful recipes with people who might not have thought to bake with tofu or mash taro.

Veganism isn’t about being right all the time; it’s taking the time to explore all the issues on your own, to draw your own conclusions, and make a few mistakes.

Veganism isn’t about you and me; it’s about us–our health, our planet, and showing compassion to the animals that live on it. It’s about the choices we make every day.

Veganism isn’t about following; it’s about leading. I feel empowered making informed choices in my life, and I extend that to the food I consume. I’m not about to go through life blindly.

Veganism is about loving animals, the planet, and yourself. I’m vegan because I don’t like anyone telling me what I should eat and who I should wear and where I should spend my money.

I call myself vegan because I feel good not eating animals. Veganism doesn’t have to speak to you in exactly the same way; I’ll respect your choices, and I hope you’ll accept mine.

I’m vegan and my cats are not. They are thriving obligate carnivores. Many people may criticize–but I’m not explaining this one. That’s my decision.

I’m over 40 and I’m vegan. It took me a while to choose this lifestyle, so I respect people who take time to change their habits. I’m not your mother, and I’m not the mean girl judging you. Taking your time means you’re thinking, and we can use more thoughtful people in this world.

I’m vegan because it works for me. Sometimes I don’t like being lumped into a group or being associated with radicals; but it takes a bit of radical sensibility to stand up for your beliefs. I don’t like labels, but I recognize the need to change perceptions about what it means to be vegan.

I’m vegan because I’ve chosen to go one step further. All of us can help each other and learn from one another. I have no desire to live up to the standards of others; but I have my own which I work hard to live every day.

I choose to stand up for myself. I choose to be vegan.



About Chris Lucas

Chris has been in the bookselling and publishing industries for nearly 20 years. A family trip to Farm Sanctuary in 2008 helped her change her perspective on animals and food, opening her up to a vegan lifestyle. In December 2009, Chris and her husband Jim began Bucks County Vegan Supper Club out of their home in Pennsylvania. In the winter of 2011, along with Jim, Lydia, and Mauro, Chris became a co-founder of fromatovegan.com as a way to help inspire and motivate other people interested in adopting a plant-based lifestyle.

4 Responses to “I choose to be vegan”
  1. Dawn says:

    Thank you for this excellent article!

  2. DSuryan says:

    The process of becoming vegan has been ruff with family and friends acting like baboons but so far I dig it :p not try being vegan/gay/atheist all at the same time lol talk about a struggle at times with the family.

    • DSuryan says:

      ** now (instead of not ><)

    • We know exactly what you’re going through. I think I mentioned this before, try finding a vegan Meetup (http://meetup.com) group near you, or start one, and surround yourself with vegan friends and acquaintances. It makes it a whole lot easier, you’ll get the support you need and feel more assertive about your choices. This blog and our friendship (James, Chris, Andrea, Mauro and I) started from such a group. We meet on a monthly basis for a potluck dinner/lunch/brunch, we eat great food, and we have a great time together.

      Hang in there, it’s worth it 🙂

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