Would you go out with a vegan
VEGANS ARE THE BETTER ...
Before I put the blog post online, my colleague told me while looking over it that the cover picture might suggest a wrong image of the post. Is that really the case? I can't imagine that anyone with wrong expectations should have clicked on this post ?! We see beautiful yellow bananas and a beautiful, happy woman - that her name is Samira and that she has been on a vegan diet for many years, of course, cannot be seen in the picture, although bananas are very suspicious :-)
VEGANS ARE THE BETTER ... PEOPLE ?!
When looking at the mainstream, the word "vegan" or "the vegan" is often used to mean sensational headlines and provocative articles. Then it quickly means "A vegan diet is a health hazard". But what exactly this legendary "vegan diet" is unfortunately very little conveyed in the major media. And the general question is never asked whether there is a "vegan diet" at all. Does a vegan diet automatically mean that you only eat plants? And is someone who has opted for a vegan diet always also a vegan?
Confronted with constant prejudices, the "poor vegan" apparently dragged himself through his hungry, pale and powerless everyday life BlaBlaBla. But a certain prejudice clearly stands out from the accumulation of supposed truths about vegans
The classic: The vegans apparently consider themselves the "better people". These "grass eaters" always want to convince you of their shit and judge the whole time with their know-it-all from above.
Why do you accuse vegans, or people who follow a vegan diet (I will explain the difference in more detail in this blog post) per se, to "play themselves as something better" just because they differ from the classic mainstream. Why don't you want to understand that there are real idiots and assholes among the “vegans” and that this in turn has nothing to do with the vegan diet, but with the character of the respective person. In my opinion, it only gets really interesting when we completely ignore these pubescent and exaggeratedly masculine nuances and delve a little deeper into certain thought patterns.
The social tendency or the low inhibition threshold, without any knowledge, to deliberately defame someone irrationally, especially so-called “marginalized groups”, just to underpin one's own social position in front of “like-minded people”, we know pretty well from various areas of our daily life. As you can see, one could try to explain the topic of "MAINSTREAM vs. VEGAN" relatively superficially and even somewhat funny - but one could also try to understand why the majority of the German population, without any experience or knowledge, is relatively brutal and is very derogatory towards this topic as soon as it is about an individual, ie a person. The next time the family goes shopping, however, the vegan logo is deliberately sought on the packaging - because vegan is "apparently" sooooo healthy! Pretty paradoxical and a bit confusing the whole act until then or ;-)
In this blog post, I would like to start the attempt to completely “turn the mystery VEGAN” to ZERO and to give you a differentiated and undogmatic approach to this topic.
But before we get down to the nitty-gritty: I have been eating completely vegan for more than 9 years and can therefore say of myself that I definitely know what I am writing about. No hearsay, no information from the mass media, no pointless parroting etc. - just experienced it yourself!
Have fun while reading.
Vegan diet is unhealthy
To make a generally valid statement about a "vegan diet" is actually absolutely misleading in reality. But let's start from the very beginning. What exactly does "vegan" mean in relation to nutrition? At first it just means that no animal products are used in the vegan diet. So no meat, no fish, no dairy products, no eggs and no honey either. An increase in this would be to ensure, for example, that no animal products were used in the respective food production process. Manufacturers often use animal components in the production process, especially when it comes to packaged juices, lemonade, sweets, etc.
Back to the topic: We now know what a vegan diet does NOT include.
flesh, fish, Dairy products, Eggs other honey.
Conversely, this would mean that Fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, grasses, legumes, etc. are vegan - right. And, according to the above statement, should these foods be unhealthy in principle? Of course you can already see that this is totally nonsense.
But if our established media have such headlines in constant use, and the normal consumer is given such undifferentiated nonsense every day, then the term “vegan” is associated with the word “unhealthy” for many people and BÄM you have exactly that what you wanted - Undifferentiated Non Sense. So if you don't know what “vegan nutrition” means in the respective context, you will be used as a stupid pawn by the incompetent writers in the mass media.
When it comes to certain editorial contributions that make use of such statements, one literally waits for the punch line, because one is sure that it can only be a matter of satire and yet not really meant seriously.
100,000 parents were asked which foods they think are the most important for their children. 99% of the respondents answered that they attach great importance to their children taking vitamins in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. And why? Yes, because EVERYONE knows that these foods are incredibly important and healthy, and of course not only for children. But in the "vegan" context, are these foods, which are the flagship of a vegan diet, suddenly qualified as "dangerous" and not "sufficient" ?! You know about it ... "Whether Milan or Madird - the main thing is Italy"
So ... of course it is totally nonsense and simply WRONG to generalize the term "vegan" and / or "vegan diet" just like that.
The same of course also applies to an omnivore, i.e. a form of nutrition with animal foods - this is also not generally healthy or unhealthy. It is ALWAYS up to the design of the respective form of nutrition and not generally to the respective form of nutrition.
a.) Would you like fries, meat substitute products such as soy nuggets, crisps, ketchup and vegan gummy bears and the like on a daily basis? pull in, then you would probably be vegan, but de facto NOT healthy, right?
b.) If you would eat a lot of meat, sausage, Mc-Doof, greasy cheese, sweets, 5 large omelettes and dairy products without end - then you can't get one from one, even though these foods are all made with animal products talking about healthy eating, right?
As you can see, both types of diet can be dangerous and unhealthy.
But what one can safely say without further ado ... The range of vegan foods, e.g. fruit, vegetables, etc. are without a doubt also referred to as "healthy" foods in the mainstream. This is precisely why it is so paradoxical when the same people then begin to generalize and claim that a vegan diet is in principle unhealthy. On what basis is such a statement based? It will probably remain a mystery to me forever.
VITAMIN B12 and vegan nutrition
I would recommend every "herbivore" to get enough vitamin B12 from a high-quality dietary supplement. Our VITAMIN B12 + FOLIC ACID. from ProFuel would be ideally suited for this. However, anyone who uses the subject of vitamin B12 as a counter-argument to demonize a vegan diet in general has unfortunately still not understood the subject. Because then you should ask yourself why people use any vitamin and mineral supplements, etc. at all.
As soon as the vitamin B12 is taken care of in a vegan diet through supplementation, this would be a diet that could not actually be better.
My personal "healthy feel-good formula" looks like this:
If 10% of my diet consists of things that I just feel like eating, regardless of how healthy they are, then I'm completely on the safe side. You give your body enough vital substances to stay fit and healthy and still enjoy foods that simply make you happy.
That means, regardless of whether you are a small child, a nursing woman or a 100-year-old man, with the right choice of food you have the chance to eat optimally healthily and to benefit noticeably from it.
And if someone calls these foods "vegan" foods, then an apple is still an apple and broccoli is just broccoli. In the end, it is completely irrelevant whether certain foods are referred to as "vegan" foods by certain groups of people and should not prevent you from eating sufficiently healthy.
But with such a tidy and differentiated view, it is impossible to write sensational and provocative articles, the actual goal of which is to ensure as many shares and discussions on Facebook etc. as possible. A post about the positive health effects of eating 500g of broccoli a day is simply not a “good” headline for many media outlets.
Vegans think of themselves as something better
Public opinion about individual groups of people is mostly influenced by those who are perceived the loudest from within the group. This is the case, for example, with religions, football fans and also with vegans.
So if a vegan points his finger at others, be it at animal rights demonstrations or in social media, and thereby aggressively condemns other attitudes towards life, then it is not surprising that these shape the public image of the "vegan" so much that it doesn't go any further is differentiated.
But I can reassure you from my own experience. Most "vegans" or people who "only" follow a vegan diet are very undogmatic and do not have black and white thinking. They are happy about every little thing that leads to a slightly more "vegan world" - that can be a new product in the supermarket that is now also available as a vegan variant, a friend who wants to eat vegan for the next 30 days, or the grandma who baked a cake for the first time without milk, butter or eggs. Therefore, the image sketched out by the media - of militant activists and proselytizing vegan preachers - only applies to a fraction of those who follow a vegan diet. Of course there are such crazy people, but these are isolated cases or small groups, comparable to hooligans in football. Here you would not assume that everyone who goes to a stadium on Saturdays (BVB stadium holds approx. 80,000 spectators) is a hooligan and extremely violent. As already mentioned in the introduction - an asshole remains an asshole and his respective diet does not change anything.
When is a person a “vegan”?
Nowadays the definition of “vegan” is more vague, or in other words, more open than it used to be - this is entirely up to the observer. For me personally, dogmatic “pigeonhole thinking” has never been the right approach for a positive and happy lifestyle.
But the "genuine vegan of origin" rejects all animal products and goods. Animals are never used for personal gain either. (Even riding a horse is seen in some circles as “taking advantage” of the animals.) A real “old school vegan” thus not only avoids animal foods, but also all products made with the help of animal products.
Normal everyday objects can be affected: toothbrushes, car seats, cleaning products, clothing, medicines, cosmetics, living accessories, food, building materials, tools, etc.
The more you deal with the matter, the more you discover new "things" that are "not vegan". Even car tires contain e.g. stearic acid, which is mostly obtained from animal fats.
The question now is - is this why, for example, one does not drive a car?
Especially since you can kill a few dozen insects, especially in summer, by driving a car. Soagr on a bike tour you often run over small animals unnoticed ... So where does the journey to "Vegania" begin and where does it end?
I do not want to say that no one can call themselves a "real vegan", but rather to show that everyone can have their own definition and their own place in our society. Because every step in a positive and life-affirming direction is to be welcomed! And who of us is perfect?
The problem with the origin
There are people who just don't want a change in their life. Admittedly, it is sometimes not easy, especially when you have fought for a supposedly good cause for many years and have sacrificed a lot in your life for it. And suddenly a couple of “youngsters”, who basically “only” eat vegetarian food, call themselves THE VEGANS. A real old-school vegan gets knocked off the bamboo couch. But somehow understandable.
But that's exactly where the problem with the term “vegan” lies.
The word VEGAN was invented by Donald Watson in 1944. It was a derivation of the word VEGATariAN and was continually expanded with new content over the years. There has been a colorful mix of definitions and arguments over the past 75 years.
Here are a few examples: animal ethics, animal rights, animal welfare, climate protection, environmental protection, health, distributive justice, world food problems or religion.
Our world has become faster, more open, freer and more complex in recent years. At the same time, this makes it more difficult for younger people in particular to find an anchor and their place in society. But the dynamism also creates new possibilities that didn't exist in the past. It's just like always, everything has its advantages and disadvantages.
And the same applies to the subject of "vegan". So if you call yourself a vegan these days because you embody at least one point from the "list of arguments" above, you should just do it. Whether you have to get upset about it now because the person is still walking around in leather shoes and actually "Is not a real vegan at all"everyone has to decide for themselves. Personally, I prefer to live and let live. If someone gets excited about telling everyone that they are now vegan because they haven't eaten a Mc-Doof burger in 3 weeks, then in God's name they should be happy to do so. I don't have to defend the term “vegan” down to the blood - because my “why” is MY “why” and my intention to live my life the way I think it is right will not become dynamic after all Concepts defined, or reduced by other people, or even brought to life in the first place. Don't get it wrong, I have absolutely no problem with the term “vegan”, I even find it very interesting and very courageous when some people identify so strongly with a certain topic and question themselves every day whether they are this lifestyle or this “Headline” “still do justice at all.
What I have a real problem with, however, is when any “full media posts” without real knowledge, completely legitimate, spread totally crazy theories about “the vegan” or “the vegan diet” and thus incorrectly inform the population and additionally influence it negatively.
Many people could increase and improve their quality of life and performance unbelievably through a healthy vegan diet. But if your blood pressure rises with the word "vegan", because you associate this term with completely wrong attributes, then you were not only told full Qutasch, but in my opinion a really big chance was taken away.
Vegan diet - but not a vegan ?!
As we now know, the term “vegan” is completely off-putting for many people and a stamp that not everyone wants to be put on, even though many are vegan for ethical or health reasons. This is often due to the fact that you don't want to be pigeon-holed in one drawer. No wonder given the poor media coverage. These people are more likely to say that they do not want to consume animal fats or animal protein. For many, that sounds like a purely health decision that is met with much greater acceptance by the masses.
We at ProFuel really sit in the front row because people often want to get advice from us, but first apologize for it, because they are not completely “vegans”. That is sometimes a bit funny, but at the same time frightening, how irritating it is for many when we tell them that it is completely okay to "only" eat a vegan diet and we are very happy to explain the advantages of vegan and plant -based supplements to be able to.
It starts with the important VITAMIN B12 and D3 + K2 and extends to our delicious vegan PROTEIN CHIPS. We are just as happy when someone switches to a vegan protein powder like our PLANTEIN DUO and notices within a week how good it is for them.
Of course, we don't want to mislead anyone into anything with cheap phrases - but we clearly propagate the great general benefit of vegan products. Which supplement brand in Germany can claim that the complete product range not only promotes your own sporting and health goals, but also promotes animal welfare, the environment and the cultivation of sustainable raw materials at the same time! GO VEGAN - Rapahel
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