An interview with Rip Esselstyn explains something called “plant strong” that resembles veganism:
“Esselstyn is also the author of a vegan cookbook: The Engine 2 Diet.
But he doesn’t call it vegan. He’s eating ‘plant strong’–and has been for more than a decade.”
Plant Strong? What!?
OK, whatever. It actually does make sense. He’s promoting a diet, not a lifestyle. Veganism afterall, is more than a diet. It’s not just a dietary choice. Veganism is a lifestyle that includes other behaviors such as: avoiding animal products in clothing, in cosmetics, in medicines. Vegans don’t attend animal circuses* or zoos either.
But most people don’t know that:
So… we have to educate them.
“A vegan is someone who tries to live without exploiting animals, for the benefit of animals, people and the planet. Vegans eat a plant-based diet, with nothing coming from animals – no meat, milk, eggs or honey, for example. A vegan lifestyle also avoids leather, wool, silk and other animal products for clothing or any other purpose.” (source)
Each vegan has his or her own motivations, and I think that’s OK. To me, it’s not really about motivations as much as it is about behaviors. Abstaining from animal products is more important than intending to avoid harm to animals. The animals don’t care why we avoid torturing, killing, and eating them.They’d just like more people to behave as vegans.
That said, I think Rip makes an excellent point in the interview:
“Do you have advice for someone who falls off the vegan wagon?”
“Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t be guilty. My big thing is, it’s not about being plant perfect; it’s about being plant strong. Be plant strong, and know that by being plant strong, you are totally improving your health. One meal and one day at a time.”
That’s absolutely. It’s not all or nothing, just do as much good as you can. Eat healthily and you’ll become healthy. (However, that’s ONLY true for actual, healthy diets. For example, you can’t do Atkins half-way, you have to do it all the way to see the results. That’s because Atkins relies on tricking your body, not on nourishing your body. Atkins is NOT a health diet; it’s a weight-loss diet.)
But it’s also true for animals. It’s not all or nothing, just do as much good as you can. If you accidentally consume or use something that has animal ingredients, it’s OK. Just learn from the mistake and move on. Being mostly vegan helps animals more than being mostly meat-eater.
So… what do you think about the idea of “plant strong”? Good marketing tool to help sell the health benefits of veganism to health conscious people and ultimately help more animals, too, or just another confusing dilution of veganism?