What's up herbivores, this blog is going to discuss veganism and perfectionism. Do you have to be perfect in order to be vegan?  First, if this is your first time reading my blog, my name is Simbaa K Akamaru and I am you're vegan nutrition coach. I help vegans like yourself transition to a vegan diet and help to build your cooking skills and kitchen confidence along the way. 

Before answering the question about perfection,  let me first clarify what it means to be vegan.

According to the The Vegan Society "Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals."

As you can see veganism about more than just chia seeds and smoothie bowls. When you go plant-based, you may reduce or refrain from eating meat or dairy for health reasons. When you go vegan, you're actually taking on a set of principles where going to try to live a life of avoiding animal exploitation. All right. So that's vegan, it's about animal exploitation!

Perfection

Look back up at the definition of veganism.  Now remember to just do the best that you can when you can. If you don't remember that this is progress not perfection you can drive yourself crazy, I did, with conundrums like. "Can I swat flies or mosquitos?" "What if I step on ants?" "Is it ok to keep my shoes or belt?" "the steering wheel in my care is leather wrapped" 

 As you can see gets very difficult mentally to try to sustain that and to try to be perfect. So just do the best that you can within your sphere of influence. When it comes to being a perfect vegan there is no awards or trophies.  

Self Righteousness

When you go down the path of doing good for yourself, other, and the planet, it's a really amazing feeling. It's empowering, and there's alot of passion and it's amazing! Just make sure that you don't become self-righteous in the process. Self righteous, having or characterized by a certainty, especially an unfounded one, that one is totally correct or morally superior. I know about that firsthand because this happened to me.  

I started to focus so much on "the rules" of what I should and shouldn't eat and the statistics of how much water and how much land I've saved, but I became preachy and arrogant in the process.

I became less social and outgoing and started to like lose out on the relationships of the people around me. Feeling like I was the "only one" who cared about health, and the planet, and social justice I ironically isolated myself. The goal and the purpose of being vegan is to help everybody!

 Don't become self-righteous and you can't be perfect. Do the best you can.

Meet yourself where you're at

 You've have to meet yourself where ever you're at. You have to meet other people, wherever they're at.

The first time I ever heard about vegetarianism or veganism, it was 2005 and I was 15. I watched a PETA documentary about animal cruelty and it did nothing to change my stance on eating animals at all. In 2017 when I was 27, I watched Cowspiracy, a documentary about animial agricurlure and health, and I went vegan halfway through the movie. lol Wathcing the film I was thinking "oh my gosh, how can anybody see this? And not go vegan instantly?" There were 12 years in between the time I was first exposed to vegan/vegeterianism and the time I went vegan. There were 12 years, were I know the facts didn't really care. 

So when you go vegan, you may get super excited and things it's 10/10 the greatest cause and where you decide you now what to focus your energy; just remember everyone else around you not going to be at the 10/10 excitment that you're at, and that's ok. It's not your job to convince them, its' your job to dive into living your best vegan life! Make sure that you give yourself grace and you give grace to other people, just meet people where they're at. It's now about being perfect it's about doing the best you can. 

Until next time
Keep Grazing!

Simbaa k. Akamaru, CNC

Until next time
Keep Grazing!

Simbaa  K Akamaru, CNC

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