Honey, Don’t Call Me Vegan

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,



  1. April 7, 2015 / 12:27 am

    Good for you Kate! We shouldn’t be defined by our labels. We all have different perspectives on what each labels means and to be honest, the only one that matters is your own. As long as at the end of the day you feel good, you are living the life you want, that’s all that matters. Those who judge – it’s simply a reflection of themselves. Keep up the great work girl! xx

    • April 8, 2015 / 4:35 pm

      Thanks so much Justyna! 🙂 your kind words mean a lot! I do feel a lot happier and more free to live my life exactly how I want it.

      • April 4, 2015 / 6:57 pm

        no problem!! oh and btw I just made a new facebook page http://www.facebook.com/tifashley it would mean so much to me if you would check it out and let me know what you think 🙂 thank you sweetie!! hope you have a great Easter! xxx

  2. April 1, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    Here here! I love this. I don’t have a label for the way I eat either. I try not to overdo the grains but I wouldn’t say I’m Paleo. I eat a heavy plant based diet but I’m not vegetarian and although I don’t do dairy very often, I won’t say no to a beautiful cheese plate at a dinner party. Just eat what makes you feel good, allow yourself to bend the ‘rules’ and you’ll be alright. XO

    • April 2, 2015 / 12:37 pm

      That’s great Samantha! It’s so nice to receive all this encouragement. I love your ‘moto’, just eat what makes you feel good. That’s the mission and journey I’m on! Thank you for your kind words 🙂

  3. April 1, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    What an awesome post! I really admire you for staying true to YOU!

    • April 1, 2015 / 2:08 pm

      Thanks Jordyn! Your always so encouraging and positive 🙂

  4. April 1, 2015 / 11:53 am

    Having a nutrition education background and a career in food production from farm to table, I have found that the ‘unlabeled’ diet gives people the best results. Restrictions are great and moderation is crucial; but giving yourself the ability to choose foods your body needs at will makes the healthiest and happiest gastronomic lifestyle of all. Welcome to the ‘unlabeled’:)

    • April 1, 2015 / 1:51 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words! And I totally couldn’t agree more! It feels good to just be myself and enjoy food that’s good for me.

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