I’m vegan and I’m better than you. Not really but kind of. Vegans have a reputation for being judgmental about everything. Somehow thinking we are better than the 97% of Americans who are omnivores (and vegetarians). Of course, vegans aren’t better than 97% of Americans but, really … we are.
Being vegan means you’re trying to suck less. In everything you do. You take the time to make decisions that are good for your health, the well-being of animals, and the sustainability of our planet. You are thinking about all your actions and how they impact the environment (meaning personal environment as well as the world). That seems better.
Being vegan means you’re making smart food choices. A large part of being vegan is the plant-based diet that doesn’t include meat (or fish), dairy, or eggs (or honey). This means that every meal is planned out and thought through. There is no such thing as just stuffing food in your mouth at an all-you-can-eat Chinese Buffet (if someone opens a vegan Chinese Buffet, I will be first in line, by the way). Vegans, like myself, can get caught in a vegan junk food spiral but still the food choices are far better for our health than eating animals, drinking milk, and consuming eggs (all the evidence you need is right here).
Being vegan means you truly care for all creatures on the planet. Not just Aunt Janet. We care about all animals and want to end suffering and torture and brutal, senseless murder. Vegans do this by not eating animals and by not supporting industries that torture and kill animals. Vegans won’t wear leather, wool, or silk as a result of these beliefs. Still sounds better.
Being vegan means you have more money for fun things, like vegan vacations. Believe it or not, vegan shopping is far less expensive than shopping as an omnivore. It’s said we “shop around the edges.” Meat costs add up and a plant-based diet leaves you with more money to tuck away or spend on a fabulous vegan vacation (we just returned from London and Paris and ate at every vegan restaurant we could find).
Being vegan means you are healthier. I know some might think we are suffering from a lack of protein and B12 but we really aren’t. All scientific evidence has proven that a plant-based diet is better in the fight against all diseases (including cancer and diabetes), obesity, cholesterol levels (vegan diets are 100% cholesterol free), and our arteries are not clogged with animal fat. Our arteries are like luge tracks. In fact, our blood flow is so great, vegan men don’t suffer from E.D. That’s always a good thing.
Being vegan means you look great! Sure, some vegans are skinny and don’t look healthy at all. Oh, and some vegans are fat. But we all have great skin and great hair and nails! Also, we can wear pretty much anything we want since there is no vegan dress code (old, torn t-shirts with the word “VEGAN” across the front and vegan sandals with socks are fine). Okay, maybe the fashion is lacking but at least it’s 100% cotton.
Being vegan means your appreciation for the little things increases. You have no idea how excited vegans get when they taste a vegan cheese or ice cream that actually tastes good. I mean really, get out much? Palettes become much more sensitive to different flavors, textures, and combinations and, as a result, we really do savor well-prepared food more than most people.
Being vegan means you care. You really do. Care about our own health and well-being, the health and well-being of other humans, the health and well-being of animals, and the health and well-being of planet Earth. This translates to a better world for everyone.
So, if helping to create a better world for everyone doesn’t make you a better person … what does?
Go better …
I really like this article about going vegan published last year in The Plain Dealer.