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embracing the label

October 18, 2010

There is a lot of talk in the blog world about food labels.

Not these labels, though I could think of a few things to say about those as well.

But the labels we use to classify ourselves and our recipes such as vegetarian, vegan, ethical carnivore, or gluten free. Some labels describe food allergies, while others reflect personal decisions made in the name of health or ethics.

There is a lot of sentiment among bloggers that labels are confining and unnecessary.  I’ll admit- and my mother will agree- that I have never been one to embrace rules. I do, however, embrace the vegan label that I have bestowed upon myself. Over the past year I’ve transitioned from eating a semi-vegan diet to living a vegan life. It has been a conscious decision that has absolutely nothing to do with physical health or taste preference.  I love goat cheese and wild salmon, and think both are perfectly healthy for my body. For the health of my soul, the earth, and my fellow beings, I choose to live a vegan life.

To me the term vegan is more of a mindset than a label. I simply do not want to inflict harm, even if that means never buying another coach bag or missing out on a slice of cake at a party.

Luckily, I can always make my own vegan chocolate cake. 🙂

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2010 4:00 am

    i just found your blog and really enjoying scrolling through your posts! i’m not a vegan, but mostly-vegetarian (pescetarian, technically) and i don’t eat dairy (except for milk in my cereal) so yeah….i’m not sure what you would call me then! i guess i don’t ascribe to labels 🙂

  2. October 31, 2010 7:14 am

    Great post. The blog world is full of labels. I try hard not to label myself as anything, other than a healthy eater who loves good food. Oh yeah, and a girl with IBS who follows a special diet. So sure, I guess I do have a label, but I’m ok with straying from that label at times. It doesn’t make me who I am.
    This week I was closer to being a vegan than I have ever been. On my elimination diet I had to give up most animal proteins, and dairy. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. In fact, I think I could do it forever! If..I wanted to. Who knows, maybe one day.

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