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Vegans Think They Are Better Than Meat-Eaters

By Dreenaburton @dreenaburton
We do?!
I'm not saying that's the case.  But, in reading some of the comments from my last post (trolling excepted), I feel that's what the perception is.
I don't think I'm better than you.  I don't know you.  I'm typing behind the veil of a computer, and know nothing of your life - your experiences, your passions, your challenges, your heartbreaks, your addictions, your family, your friends, your childhood, what makes you happy, what motivates you, who helps you, how you help others, how you live day to day.  And, you really know nothing about my life either. 
Yet, whenever discussions arise about eating vegan, particularly where animal compassion and ethics are concerned, vegans (myself included) are accused of being sanctimonious.  'Holier than thou'.  'Better'... than you.  
2008-11-10.gifIn being vegan, I hope to be better - than I was, not than you.  When I made dietary changes to become vegan (it was a process), it was to become a healthier me.  I was not happy with how I felt at 20, and knew it was related to something I was doing - or rather eating.  Removing meat and dairy made a huge difference in my body.  My energy, my digestion, and how I felt after every meal.  I feel these changes helped me achieve a better physical self.  Not without slips, and not without imperfections.  My diet isn't flawless, and I am anything but perfect.  
So, am I a better me?  I think so.  I hope so.  There's always room for improvement.  But, I feel I have bettered my physical body, and also have more peace about my choices knowing they are more compassionate and ultimately take less toll on our environmental resources. 
But, am I 'looking down my nose' at you?  No.  If you think I am, I've done something out of order.  Because I hope to provide some inspiration to evoke change for those of you reading that are ready to make some changes - or support for those that already have.  If you don't want to change and think eating vegan is bunk, I don't know why you're reading my blog.   I'm not here to "change" you or anyone.  That's impossible.  
People make changes when they have reached that point of ready.  If you are ready, and think a vegan diet is the change you need to come to a healthier, happier, better-than-you-were you...  maybe (hopefully) my work will help.  

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