Posts tagged answering questions
"Othered" and "Othering": Feeling Separate, Distant or Isolated When Going Vegan

After the long and way too fun post and episode we had last week in which I answered a great listener question, we talked all about my favorite books, the three books that have changed my life and our vegan library of resources, I thought today we needed a shorter but inspirational episode. Today we're going to talk about something that's behind so many of our readers' and listeners' concerns or feelings of sadness, anxiety and loneliness some people experience when going vegan. When we get your lovely questions and comments that have to do with the social side of going vegan, we tend to focus on the habits and external tips and tricks (and I sure have many of those to help you with), when it comes to sharing your life with people who aren't vegan. Today however, we're diving in deeper, because the truth is sometimes we need to go below surface level, go deep into the dark waters and shine a little light on what's really going on so we can enjoy the views of the reef down below right?

We've talked about having a non-vegan partner before, and we've covered so many of the social aspects of going vegan, as well as some of the physical and emotional changes we might go through when we go vegan. We haven't talked about how veganism in a way draws an invisible line in the sand. One that is sometimes reaffirmed and dug into deeper, when we look into the ethical aspects of making this change, or we read certain books or listen to certain advocates. This is the line that separates us as vegans from people who aren't vegan, especially our friends and family who haven't decided to join us. 

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I used to think that the question "why are you vegan?" was the one I got the most frequently until I noticed that there's one that beats it by a mile (and for good reason): What do you eat? This post is meant to give you the basics of what it means to be vegan, especially when it comes to what you put on your plate. This is part of a series of posts I'll be writing from time to time called Vegan 101, written especially for people making the transition to a vegan diet or making more vegan choices and curious about this way of eating. If you are a well seasoned vegan however, these posts are great for sharing with family and friends that have questions and concerns about your new lifestyle. So on to the matter at hand... what do vegans eat?!

Long time vegans might feel the need to respond to this question by saying: "what do you mean what do I eat? I eat food! Vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, spices, vegan cheeses and meats, bread pasta, chocolate... etc., etc..." and wonder why it's such a big mystery to people. It's so important to look back to your pre-vegan days to understand why this really is such a hard concept to grasp.

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