“Vegan-ish” doesn’t exist
Mind Body Green is at it again, claiming that aiming for a plant-based diet not only makes you “vegan-ish,” but will give you all the health and psychological benefits you need to halt going further (presumably to the dreaded vegan-extremist-ish level). It reads a bit like a sideshow serum endorsement, and misses the point of veganism completely.
In this article, they share “instant benefits of going vegan-ish,” and insist some physiological and psychological changes are going to happen to you over the course of your dinner if animals are left off of your plate. Yup, at the snap of your fingers you’ll lose weight, have perfect bowl movements, feel healthier, save money, and be happier. Imagine!?
Without outlining what constitutes a balanced plant-based diet, and assuming that all carnivores are fibre deficient, lactose intolerant, spend-happy Standard American Dieters, this doesn’t pass for holding any significant information that’ll support sustained, long term diet changes. You know, the long term part matters for things like trimming waistlines and adding to bank accounts. So the real issue for me, evidently, is that they seem to think that forgoing animal products in an attempt to improve one’s self can be considered “vegan-ish.”
Could we add the word “ish” to the end of other social justice issues? Could you say you’re not-racist-ish? And would we celebrate someone who was leveraging their participation in any human rights campaign to improve themselves? Clearly, only nonhuman animals are subject to such partiality. Indeed, MBG manages to remove the animals from veganism completely, and ignore their basic fundamental desire to live in place of our selfish pursuit of “happiness.”
When the author suggests there’s no “black and white,” and that you can adopt veganism for how you see it fit for you, they’re wrong – you can’t support murder 50% of the time and say you’re non-violent. And when they contest that you’ll feel great about being at the forefront of the movement, I’d like to add again that they’re wrong – the movement doesn’t include people who participate in the actions we’re against, whether that’s eating, wearing, being entertained by, or using animals in any other way. Unless you believe that the exploitation of animals is unjust, and do everything in your power to first go vegan, than you’re not participating in veganism. You can’t decide to participate in non-violence now and then, and only when you can see direct benefits.
A vegan may not eat what’s healthiest, or always feel incredible, and they still won’t participate in the systematic use of animals regardless. Go vegan and allow yourself to experience the good that comes of it for others, the animals.