I’ve been thinking about posting this for a while now but for some reason was really afraid. After I read Angela’s Food for Thought Post on Oh She Glows, I thought to myself ‘What have I got to lose?’ Any decision I make in my life is mine to make. I should never feel bad about it and yet most times I do. Angela basically announced that she will no longer be calling herself Vegan, in her post she stated ‘I will keep on doing my thing, but without a personal label on my diet or lifestyle’. For that I praise her because I feel that I too want to make the same declaration. While veganism was exciting and an excellent way to describe my diet when I started on this healing with food journey, I feel it is just not a label I want to use in my life anymore.
I can promise you this, my blog will remain the same! This isn’t a transitioning post like The Balanced Blonde (formerly the Blond Vegan). I will continue posting plant-based recipes and healthy tips but I just don’t want to follow the ‘vegan’ label anymore. Also, I’m not crushing Jordan for telling the world that she didn’t want to be vegan anymore, the more I think about it the more I see how brave and courageous she was. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many kind and compassionate people who enjoy a vegan lifestyle, but there are some of those extreme people out there that I just don’t want to deal with. I don’t want hate mail, hurtful comments, cruel remarks or death threats! I don’t want to be warned down or have the fun sucked from my journey, as Angela puts it.
I’ve also posted a FAQ page in my About Me section that shares why I’m not considering myself vegan or trying not to use the label anymore. To all of those who remain vegan or go vegan, I applaud you, your efforts are heart-warming. I am still on a path of healing and reducing animal consumption. I am still sharing my passions for a plant-based lifestyle. But I feel like everyday I’m failing at being ‘vegan’ because I had some honey in my tea or on some toast and because I feel I will never be the extremist, ethical vegan that you’re supposed to be when you adopt this lifestyle.
I truly thank each and every one of you for your support and hope that you continue to enjoy this blog as much as I do!
Lots of love and kind wishes,