Use Lent to kick off a lifelong vegan lifestyle – Fish NOT included!
As a raised cultural Catholic, token religious leftist among my friends, and a Good Irish Girl, I still practice Lent every year as it’s an important part of my cultural identity. The serious meditations and thought put into Lenten commitments have many people talking about giving up animal products, and I would encourage them to start that process now, and continue well beyond the Easter season. While campaigns to go vegan for a short stretch of time leave typically a bad taste in my mouth, I would encourage religious, non-vegan readers to use the Lenten season as a way to kick off a lifelong lifestyle.
Unfortunately, as fish dishes are considered an “acceptable” meat meal within the hierarchy of the Catholic church, many vegan Lent guides are incredibly misleading. Sadly, Heavy.com published a “vegan and vegetarian” guide to recipes aimed towards religious folks, but included fish. Claiming to have a “meatless” guide and throwing ocean life into the mix is a sneaky, sneaky move. Instead, I would encourage those beginning their animal product free lives to simply open up their laptops and let google walk you through it! Reflecting on Christ on the cross is what Lent is all about for those who celebrate it, and taking the suffering of animals into consideration is a necessary step to a just world.