Vegan does not necessarily mean healthy eating
Veganism and healthy eating - yep the two got mixed up and pretty badly if I say so myself. Hopefully this infographic sets the record straight...
Veganism does not automatically mean healthy eating nor is it solely a diet. It is a lifestyle free from animal exploitation in all forms. How you choose to achieve that end goal is totally up to you. You could literally eat cardboard all day long, as long as an animal wasn't exploited to make that cardboard then you're golden! **Disclaimer - don't eat cardboard, there's enough tide pod eating to cover the "this is not real food" consumption going on.
There are tons of amazingly delicious non-nutrient dense, processed foods to be had that are completely cruelty free. So if an individual wants to enjoy this kind of food and is able to completely axe animal exploitation in the process, then as in Beauty & the Beast - Be my guest!
Last but certainly not least - having been vegan for over 4 years now, I have had my fair share of "healthy vegans" get their 2 cents in when I post about vegan food and it isn't entirely whole food based or approved by "insert name" health guru.
Having personally worked in health and wellness for many years, yes, I get it - whole food, nutrient dense foods are optimal when discussing daily caloric intake... but once again, that is not what veganism is about. So to continue to perpetuate this healthy eating label to a lifestyle that is primarily about eliminating exploitation is misleading and needs to come to an end. Why? Because it may unfortunately push individuals away from the lifestyle thinking it is something that it is not.
In saying that, if you are primarily health focused that is totally fine! No one is telling you to go down some veggie burgers and vegan hot dogs. You do you! But I encourage you to refrain from shaming others who are vegan and choose the less nutrient-dense option to live the lifestyle they are proud of.
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