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Vegan vs plant-based

I recently read an article/blog post about a recent survey where most people apparently said that they dislike the term ‘vegan’ and prefer the term ‘plant-based’. (I’m sorry, but I can’t find that link so you’ll just have to take my word for it).

If I’ve understood the differences correctly, plant-based means being more healthy than people who are just vegan. Actually, one definition I read was this: vegans can eat (vegan) oreos but plant-based people can’t, even though the oreos are vegan.

It seems that most people dislike us vegans for various reasons. I’m sorry to hear that, but it won’t make me change my mind. Being vegan is what I’m all about. I’m vegan for the animals. That doesn’t mean I’m not also vegan for my own health, for the environment and for other people too, even if they don’t appreciate it, but the animals came first. One of my earliest memories is thinking I’d like to live in a world where there were only animals and animal lovers (I wouldn’t mind having plants too). I must have been four or five.

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Bute Island Sheese Vegan cheese

Does anyone know of an online seller of this cheese that ships to Sweden? It appears that it’s now impossible to get it anywhere in Sweden anymore. It’s a shame, because no matter what others may think, this is my favorite hard cheese.

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Being an introverted vegan activist

Introverts, as people who get their energy from a more quiet solitude and very much need their alone time, are often thoughtful thinkers. There’s no reason to build up public activism like protests and leafletting without considering more creative forms of getting the word out about veganism – from the comfort of one’s own solitude.

Read more here.

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Dealing with the sadness and frustration of being a vegan

It’s not a problem that just disappears for many of us, and a conscious effort has to be made to keep our unhappiness in check.

Read more here.

This is very true. Because of the way society works, I suppose I’ll always be sad. Knowing I’m doing the right thing doesn’t really change the way I feel. All the horrible dreadful things that are happening all around the world all the time really makes you numb. Fortunately, I’m stubborn. I’ll never turn back from doing what I feel is right even if I don’t have much hope it will change the world for the better, except for the few animals my veganism might save.

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You don’t look like a vegan!

This happened a few years ago on a day when the weather was really terrible, despite being summer. My sister and I were heading for the big Vegan Fair in Stockholm. It was in some obscure suburb that we’d barely heard of before so it was quite difficult for us to get there even apart from the fact that it was chilly and the rain was coming down in sheets. Since it was summer, I for one, wasn’t even dressed for that kind of weather so I was shivering. On our way out there we ran into a girl who was going to the same place. At first we were quite happy about it, since we don’t really know any other real life vegans. Then we realized that she wasn’t happy to see us at all. A look of shock, maybe horror spread across her face and you could tell from her tone that she could hardly believe her ears. She said exactly those words: You don’t look like vegans! Then she gave us the slip by lying to us so she wouldn’t be shamed by arriving at the vegan fair with two girls looking so un-vegan. I was actually hurt. This is the first time I’ve been able to mention it to anyone except the closest family.

So what does a vegan look like? Were our clothes all wrong? Maybe we needed to carry around half a pound of scrap metal on our faces, like she did?

I don’t know and these days I try not to hope that I’ll ever get to know any other vegans, because they’ll probably just look at us like this one did. Well, we are vegan and we live for animals and animal rights (and books, but that’s another story), so they’re just going to have to deal with it.