Someone recently commented, “I’d just get so bored on a vegan diet.”
Ugh, how many times have I heard that one? It’s so frustrating because:
- They often don’t even realize it’s an insult. They’re saying vegans are boring. And they’re saying vegan food is bland.
- They usually don’t know what they’re talking about. They’ve probably never even heard of quinoa, seitan, tempeh, Celebration Roast, Candle 79, Millennium, and more vegan “secrets.” Besides, when was the last time they had an artichoke, an avocado, a mango, or asparagus? Have they ever even tried tofu more than once? And have they been to the supermarket lately? There’s vegan ice cream, vegan cheese, vegan yogurt, even vegan whipped cream!
- They give up before they even try. They act like addicts, like they couldn’t even go one day without eating animals.
- They view veganism as deprivation. Sometimes they’ll list all their favorite animal products as if that will make us vegans salivate and say, “Yeah, it’s so hard being vegan. I have such a restrictive diet. Woe is me.” But many of us vegans don’t feel we’re missing anything. In fact, I’ve been MORE adventurous in my eating since becoming vegan. I’ve eaten MORE interesting and varied foods from all over the world. When you close one door, another one opens.