Let’s start off by saying I’m not vegan. I am considering “converting” or a myriad of reasons, and I like to try vegan recipes as I almost always enjoy them. Lately, I’ve been looking into raw vegan. Do you guys have friends that eat raw vegan?
I’ve been watching a friend of mine deal with heart problems that a doctor straight told him could be prevented by a better diet and daily exercise (not even Insanity or P90X level, either, just daily walking). Read more about our journey here.
So. It got me thinking about what I put into my body. As I investigate this new “lifestyle” I’m interested to find out that almost no one takes it to every aspect of their lives (except my friend, Shannon, who is even conscious about her choice of winter coats to avoid real feathers) So kudos to her.
I asked her about the red dye, being that I had heard red dye was made from cockroaches (an animal, and albeit one I’m sure we can agree is horrid… good to eat? Maybe not). She wasn’t that concerned about eating the cockroach-infused red dye, and neither were many of her readers. I shrugged that off because my “healthy eating” includes chocolate chip cookies at the moment, so I cant really find fault with anyone over those issues.
But then I also find moms who make organic cleaners for their kids because they are concerned about harmful chemicals. See this blog for great recipes on homemade everything.
But many of these “household cleaner” Pinterest pinners and lye soap extraordinaire tend to eat meat. Chemical laden, hormone ridden, definitely not good for you and everything you tried to avoid with your cleaners, meat. Why?
What caused me to write this post, though was that I was reading this blog about a lady who had written 12 cookbooks as a vegan chef (very cool) and has wonderful tips on her blog about becoming a raw vegan, how to live as a raw vegan in an omnivore world, and I read her blog gratefully as she includes good content and certainly helpful material, but I can’t help but notice that she has two different hair colors. Are they different people? Maybe, but she identifies herself in both posts, one as a blonde, the other as a brunette. (compare banner image to about section) It could be a wig, I guess, but it got me thinking. Do vegans dye their hair? Presumably you are opposed to eating meat as not eating meat is the compassionate choice, but you might also be opposed to eating meat because of the chemicals and hormones in store bought meat. If that’s the case, how is it commiserate with your perspective on life to be ok with dyeing your hair? The chemicals in hair dye are known carcinogens. The same things you’re avoiding in what you eat, you’re allowing into your body through hair dye.
Let me separate this particular vegan blogger from my rant, as I have not talked with her and I don’t know what she does, and I don’t mean to presume anything. I just wonder what the options are for people who want to live–all of their lives–holistically. Do we all move to Africa and live in bark hut raising our own food and dying from malaria because modern medicine isn’t vegan? How far do we take this natural approach, and when do we bow to acknowledge the fallible nature of mankind and announce ourselves willing to take progressive action in the way of medicine, disposable cups, soap, and water filters, to keep ourselves safe because the natural world contains contaminants that have to be removed–for our sake–in unnatural ways. Is the pursuit of “as natural as possible” good enough? Or is there another moral stance to take?
In trying to take control of what I consume, and choosing to be conscious of my nutrients and intentional about my food, is that chasing something that’s unattainable in a larger scope? If I choose to eat vegan, make my own natural cleaners and soaps, then also go to the doctor and get my son his vaccinations, am I a hypocrite? Help me! I feel like the guy from Ever After when he says “I used to think if I cared at all, I would have to care about everything, and I’d go stark raving mad.” Yep, that’s me.
What do you do at home? When you’re raising your children and you explain to them why you are making healthful choices in their eating, how do you correlate those choices with other parts of your life that might be less natural?
What do you say to them?