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Hey Vegan! Eat Right! You’re Making Me Look Like A Malnourished Idiot

Filed under: Food Media
A Typical Vegan Meal

A Typical Vegan Meal

Dear Omnivorous Friend,

I appreciate that you care about me enough to send me links to articles that debase my chosen path in life. Perhaps you feel it validates your carnivorous tendencies to take certain compartmentalized inconsistencies with some vegans and spray paint them gold for the world to see. Or, more telling, and quite possibly more to the point, you feel guilty for your personal choices and this makes you feel better about your choices.

I realize that the headline for that LA Times article you stumbled upon this weekend clearly says “Vegan Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Healthy” but the portrayal isn’t indicative of every vegan everywhere. We don’t all live on potato chips and Taco Bell.

Most vegans I know are equipped with the tools to make their diet work for them. But, just in case, I’ve taken the liberty of cc’ing every uninformed vegan in the whole world and putting them on notice: Know your diet! You’re more likely to stay a vegan if you do it right! And, yes, you can still eat potato chips!

Frankly, knowing more about health and proper nourishment is good for everybody!

As it stands now, asking most people about nutrition is like asking a newborn baby about Justin Bieber. The answer involves a lot of crying and sh*tting. So. Like. Know your diet dude!

Regards,

Rudy Relic

9 Comments

  1. Comment by

    Ryan

    on #

    As Cameo would say, WORD UP.

    The average vegan, in my experience, is vastly more informed about nutrition than the average omni.

  2. Comment by

    Hillary

    on #

    Preach! I am SO. TIRED. of the “being vegan doesn’t mean you’re healthy” bullshit. If you are a carnivore you are so much less likely to have had the desire or need to look at food and nutrition under a microscope. They also think that as long as you’re eating a steak, some potatoes, and 11 peas, you are eating a balanced diet. The omnivorous diet is not under scrutiny, despite the majority of it’s subscribers subsisting on Starbucks for breakfast, Wendys for lunch, and chicken casserole surprise for dinner. I get more nutrients in a day than most omnivores I know get in WEEKS. /rant
    *Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but majority speaking.

  3. Comment by

    al oof

    on #

    there’s nothing particularly vegan about potato chips and taco bell. i’ve certainly known people who eat meat who have that same diet. i’d hazard a guess that percentage wise, the same number of meat eaters are living on that as vegans, if not more meat-eaters.

  4. Comment by

    organicivy

    on #

    Every time someone comes up with a silly comment like that I point to how many the omnis and vegetarians are the ones creating the demand for all the fast food restaurants. If they were so healthy these places would not be thriwing worldwide.

  5. Comment by

    Sam C

    on #

    you said it!

  6. Comment by

    finbarrio

    on #

    Nice, RR. Nearly every vegan I know is fairly obsessed with eating an organic, as-local-as-possible, and nutritionally complete diet. And they are all in great health and physical shape. From my experience, THAT is the norm for vegans, not the lazy Taco Bell vegan (who usually don’t stay vegan for too long).

  7. Comment by

    Lulusoccerbabe

    on #

    I love everybody’s comments!!!! Our family receives the LA Times and my dad of course gravitates to this article and believes every word that seeps out. I tried to tell him that its not like that and he should know that my health is much better compared to theirs but he still freaked. All of your wonderful comments has given me ammo to use when he goes into offensive omni mode and tries to show me that I’m not the healthy one. Thanks!!!!

  8. Comment by

    vegangreenhorn

    on #

    thank you for this! i’m so tired of dealing with uninformed idiots who only point out isolated cases just to better serve their argument and rationalize their own lifestyle.

    if i have to read another unfounded article/comment about how vegans cause more harm or how plants have feelings too…

  9. Comment by

    danananaa

    on #

    I’ll admit I was once an unhealthy vegan, but also an unhealthy person in general. After taking a food/nutrition class I was well informed of serving sizes, calorie intake, and a balanced diet (thing most people ignore). I came to find that a balanced meal was 2 out of 3 times vegan. Not only that, but the serving sizes of meat and cheese are grossly smaller than what’s served at restaurants. One average super burger is enough protein for three meals.
    As far as I’m concerned I love cooking all my meals, and for my vegan friends ^_^ since I know what I’m eating.
    You are what you eat.

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