“Wow, that sounds like a lot of work. I could never be vegan.”
This is definitely one of the most common phrases I hear when others ask me about being vegan.
Sure, it can seem like a lot. I don’t eat meat, I don’t eat seafood, dairy, eggs, meat- or bone-based broths, fish sauce, or any ingredient that was derived from an animal source (including honey and carmine dyes, which are derived from beetles).
Additionally, as I live a vegan lifestyle and don’t simply have a plant-based diet, I actively avoid animal products in makeup, clothing, and any other items that include animal products and I am aware that they do.
Here’s the thing though: I don’t find it to be a lot of work. At all.
Why is that?
Why would I, as someone that makes such drastic changes in my life, find it easy? I take into consideration many factors in the things I consume (this includes purchasing non-edible items) and I make choices after considering said factors. It’s a lot more work than just going through the drive-thru and grabbing whatever sounds good to me.
The answer to this question isn’t too complex; I choose to live this way because it aligns with my values, and because I feel happy making choices in this manner, I don’t think it’s inconvenient.
I feel better when I make the choice to eat food that doesn’t support cruelty. I am happy to shell out an extra dollar to ensure the coffee I buy is fair trade certified. I’m glad that these products are better for my health and for my peace of mind.
I wonder if those who say it’s inconvenient would say the same thing if their values were the same.
Also, do those same people truly live according to their values?
This is not to say that I’m perfect at it either; I also value cleanliness and minimalism. I am still working on that part of my journey. Nonetheless, I wonder how many people have goals like this.
What about you? What are your goals? Do they align with your values?