Just a short little rant tonight:
I so often get asked "But, what do you eat?" and I wish I had a short, easy answer because it seems so very simple to me.
I can understand the confusion though, I've noticed lately more and more people have begun to equate veganism with restrictions and limited, (and boring!) meals.
Being vegan does mean eating outside the mainstream and it is very different from the way "typical" Americans eat, so people often think that different = "restrictive".It also (unfortunately) sends the message that vegan diets might be difficult and less appealing and that's too bad, because they definitely don't have to be.
People assume everything I eat, cook or blog about must be healthy, low-fat, raw, low-sodium, organic, high-fiber, flax-filled, gluten-free, low-carb, preservative-free. But that's not what defines a me as a vegan.
I eat a much wider variety of foods than I ever did before becoming vegan, all the while doing my part for animals, the environment and our health. My friend and fellow blogger Bazu says it far, FAR better than I, please check out her fabulous list of "What Being Vegan DOES and DOES NOT Mean."
Obviously there are those with genuine, diagnosed allergies, and this rant is not directed at you, but I think we need to clarify, to ourselves and to society at large, that veganism is not a blanket term for "diet" or "healthy" or "activist". Sometimes I (and most of my vegan friends) are a little of all three, but sometimes we're none of the above.