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Vegans Deserve Respect, Not Ridicule

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Seniors Cate Crosbie and Peyton Wortz find freedom in following a vegan diet

Seniors Cate Crosbie and Peyton Wortz find freedom in following a vegan diet

Seniors Cate Crosbie and Peyton Wortz find freedom in following a vegan diet

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“Where do you get your protein from?” “You can always just grab a slice of pizza downstairs.” “Eating meat is in the Bible”  “There are healthier ways to lose weight.” “Are you offended by my lunch meat?” “Well Jesus ate fish, so why don’t you?” These are all common phrases that have become just a part of a vegan’s daily routine. The side comments and glares from across the lunch table are enough to send any teenager into a panic, but what if you were constantly being judged for the food you ate? There are hundreds of students at LCA, but only a few actual vegans. Pursuing a vegan lifestyle shouldn’t be this rare in a school set in a suburban area, but somehow our almond-milk lattes still cause controversy.

Since freshman year, our unconventional eating habits turned heads and brought about questions that to us seemed to have obvious answers. We’re usually asked about our protein intake (fun fact: we get our protein directly from the source, plants, not recycled animal tissue) and how we survive without steak, milkshakes, and Chick-fil-A. Despite numerous misconceptions surrounding vegan food, it’s not gross, boring, or a disappointment. Believe it or not, there are ways that vegans can eat all the same foods by substituting non-vegan ingredients for healthier alternatives. We aren’t afraid to answer your questions about our lifestyle, but we don’t appreciate rude comments that usually stem from misconceptions.

Over the past decade, more and more people have assumed a vegan lifestyle and studies show that they have less heath issues and lower cholesterol. Vegans aren’t all hippies, but we do believe in making a positive impact on the world around us. So, we don’t run outside to hug trees, but instead we try to bring awareness to the constant detriments to the planet that happen as a result of the overproduction animal agriculture. So we would encourage anyone who wants to have a positive social impact to try out a vegan diet. Even if it only lasts a week, you will have done some good for the world.

Oh, and by the way, Oreos are vegan. You’re welcome.

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One Response to “Vegans Deserve Respect, Not Ridicule”

  1. andrew long on October 3rd, 2018 2:18 pm

    i disagree

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