Being vegan means a lot of things. You genuinely care for the planet’s animals, you get to be healthier and you’re kind to the environment. However, there is also an extra feature – that you get to live in something of a tv quiz show altered reality. That’s because friends, family, colleagues and absolute strangers in the aisles of stores and supermarkets will be ready to pitch you a question about your vegan lifestyle at the best of times.
Here are some of the more commonly asked questions and some suggested replies…
You don’t eat cheese? I can’t live without it! How do you do that?
The good news, and the scientific community have this one pretty much nailed down, is that cheese is not on a par with your respiratory system. Consequently, you can actually live without your Cheddar. Likewise, scientists at NASA look for signs of things that support life on other planets such as oxygen or water. Never Brie.
So, if you were stranded on a desert island and all that was there was a wild pig, what would you eat?
Desert island living definitely comes with its benefits – just think of the tan. But as a basis for what I choose to eat when I happen to shop at my local supermarket? Maybe not. Plus, if push really did come to desert island shove, I’ll take what the pig has been eating first, thanks.
I love animals but I eat meat too. What’s the problem with that?
Love comes in many forms and has been interpreted by many philosophers, artists, poets and musicians over the centuries. They have though all been fairly quiet on love manifesting itself at 300 degrees Celsius and served up with gravy. I guess you kind of don’t eat what you love…
Plants feel pain too – don’t you know that if you pick an apple it screams?
Only in science-fiction movies. Let’s face it, if you’re out and about and you find someone attacking a cat while someone attacks an apple, which do you do something about first? Hopefully the cat – to which you likely win plaudits. If it’s the apple, you likely need to talk to a professional.
Dave Hewitt – British vegan spreading the word from the shores of Lake Erie, Ohio! Doesn’t matter where you live though – life is life! Go vegan – for the animals, for your health and for the planet.