Veganism nowadays is one of the biggest alternative lifestyle choices people are choosing for a more healthy and happy life. With the meat industry being the biggest cause of environmental degradation, deforestation and pollution more and more people are turning to a more plant-based lifestyle in an effort to live more consciously and in harmony with the earth.
Going vegan is a chance to experience a new lifestyle, make some conscious decisions that benefit the earth, better your health and eat more plants but if these reasons aren’t what motivates you, perhaps you might want to reconsider. While there are several benefits to the vegan or the plant-based lifestyle it isn’t for everyone. From peer pressure to self-loathing, here are 5 important reasons not to be vegan and why the vegan lifestyle might not be the best choice for you.
It’s also important to note that if, after reading this you conclude that the vegan or plant-based lifestyle isn’t for you, that totally ok and you should not feel guilty. As long as you’re making decisions based upon your own health and what’s right for you, it’s not something you have to justify or feel badly about.
YOU’RE DOING IT TO LOSE WEIGHT
One of the main reasons to not be vegan is in order to lose weight. Going vegan or plant-based isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. No doubt you might lose weight due to the lack of animal fat that is found in plant-based diets but this shouldn’t be your focus. I truly believe that any successful lifestyle change needs to come from a place of wanting to be healthier and do better for the planet rather than thinner.
If you are suffering from an eating disorder or you’re recovering from one, recovery should also be your main focus at this time.
YOU DON’T HAVE TIME
Just like with any change or new endeavour, implementing a new lifestyle takes time. It will take time to learn new recipes and how to ‘veganise’ old ones. Supermarket shops will take longer at first as you read ingredients labels and cooking with unfamiliar ingredients will also take some time to get used to.
If you lead a really busy lifestyle and you don’t have the time needed right now for a whole new lifestyle change then I’d suggest perhaps waiting for a less busy time in your life or a vacation. It’s also worth noting that the vegan lifestyle only takes more time in the beginning. Once you do get used to new products and recipes a vegan lifestyle is no effort at all.
Looking for my Veganuary Survival Guide? Check out my Top Tips for a Successful Veganuary.
YOU REALLY CAN’T GIVE UP MEAT OR DAIRY
If you feel like you really can’t part with grilled chicken or the odd cheese board, the vegan lifestyle probably isn’t for you but this is nothing to feel guilty about. There really is nothing stopping you from being primarily plant-based with the odd meat, fish or dairy product. Yes, you might not be vegan as such but does that really matter?
The outcome of a lifestyle change should be about overall health and if eating a plant-rich diet with the occasional steak or french toast makes you happy then you should absolutely go with that. Please do not worry about conforming to a certain label.
YOU AREN’T MOTIVATED AND PASSIONATE ABOUT IT
Motivation and passion are what fuel any change and without these is a big reason to not be vegan. There is always a reason behind doing something and making the change towards a vegan lifestyle is no different. Whether it’s for the environment, for the animals or for your health, your reason for going vegan is a very important factor for making the change. This reason acts as your motivation and coming back to why you’re going vegan on days where you feel less motivated than normal can be a lifesaver. At times it might take a bit of perseverance, will-power and drive to say true to yourself and what you want and without motivation and passion, it will be difficult to push through.
If you are looking for an inspiration or motivation I highly recommend the books Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan as well as the Vegan Society website.
Read more: Why I Choose a Plant-Based Diet and Why You Should Too
YOU’RE DOING IT FOR SOMEONE ELSE
Similar to the above, it’s much easier to succeed if you have a reason and motivation behind you. While supporting a friend or family member with a new endeavour is fantastic, it probably isn’t the best reason for going vegan yourself, especially if it isn’t really what you want. Always to true to yourself and tap into your passions and motivation for going something.
I hope these reasons not to be vegan have helped you if you’re contemplating the idea of going vegan. If you have any further comments or questions, be sure to leave them below- I’d love to hear from you.
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