Blog Post 1: Victoria Obermeyer
Why is it that people who identify as vegan or vegetarian are so much quicker to explain their diet whereas omnivores don’t really seem to care to share? Plenty of my friends identify as vegan and vegetarian, but I can’t think of one time I’ve heard someone talk about their omnivorous lifestyle.
It could be compared to running a marathon. People are proud that they’ve made an effort whether it’s for their health, the environment, or their love for animals. It’s also something that takes time and preparation (whether that’s food related prep or physical training). They can both be considered extreme lifestyles depending on what your perception of health is. Some people can’t relate to why a person would want to run a marathon and some people can’t relate to why someone would deny themselves the pleasure of chicken nuggets. In both cases, the average person may not necessarily be willing to commit that much time and effort into something they may not fully understand.
Although my willpower is not nearly as strong as I’d like it to be, I try to be a vegan as often as I can. I know, even typing that I feel ridiculous. How can I be kind of vegan? Basically, when I’m not in social situations I don’t eat any meat or dairy. Don’t get me wrong I do have my own moments of weakness when it comes to Graeters or Skyline, but for the most part, my issue is when I’m with a big group of people. Like Christmas dinner with my family, or ordering pizza with my friends, I don’t want to make anyone go out of their way or change their plans, and honestly, my willpower is not strong enough yet.
“Cowspiracy” (which is on Netflix) is what really motivated me to be an attempted vegan. One of the people featured in the documentary said something along the lines of: “If you consume animal products you shouldn’t consider yourself an environmentalist”. After watching the film and researching on my own, I couldn’t help but agree. This was when I made a connection between who I identified as a person and my dietary choices. Although I still have ways to go, I still feel that my decision is making a difference in the overall well-being of our planet and therefor is worth my attempted sacrifices.
I never saw the need to lessen my animal product consumption until after I learned about how it effected the planet. My uncle never started working out until he found out he had high blood pressure. Everyone’s reason to change is different but generally; people make health and lifestyle changes when they know its for the better, whether that means better for the planet or better for themselves and the people they care about.