Being Honest and Realistic

There are a few things I want to squawk about today and they all sort of revolve around being realistic or being honest.

The first is in regard to “reintroducing dairy” or any other animal product back into their diet.

[vegan milkshake from SHC]

Let’s get real because here is what I see and I wish people would be honest. Dairy is delicious. I remember how I was addicted to it and although I don’t really remember exactly how eating it tastes, I imagine it’s the same as sugar. Science says that is the case and people are addicted to dairy. It’s hard to break addictions. I get it. What I would appreciate is more honesty when people break their morals and veganism and reintroduce dairy for “health reasons”.


Just be honest. Dairy tastes good and you would rather eat it than find vegan alternatives. That’s your thing. Sure, I could lay some hate right now, but that’s just not my jam. If you want to eat dairy, you do you, just be honest as to why you’re doing it. People would rather eat a 300 calorie pint of Halo Top or arctic Zero rather than a 1000 calorie pint of So Delicious vegan ice cream. Just be honest.

It’s also easier. Yesterday I was driving home through really remote farm lands and there wasn’t really anything to eat. I was getting famished actually and pulled over at an ice cream shop (because why have a grocery store when you can have an ice cream shop right?) I was thinking about how if I was a new vegan and in this state, I would probably break my veganism and just get a cone. It’s easier. Life will go on. However, I’m not at that point anymore. The place had fries so I got those. Sure, it would have been easier and the vegan god would have forgiven me, but I can’t do it anymore.

[and why would I want to?]

In the spirit of earth day and knowing how terrible eating animal products is for your health, the planet and for the animals, I just want people to be honest about why they are eating that stuff. It’s not for your health. It’s because it’s easy and it tastes good. Be honest, be real.

The second is getting real about how moving has affected me and my training and how I plan to proceed.

It’s been a winter and early spring where I’ve been busy learning my new job. I’m not training optimally and oddly now, I’m at peace with it. There will be more time for running, more time for races and that’s exciting. Right now my focus is to enjoy running everyday. Not overdoing it or following a training plan. Just me and running, that’s still the goal.

So I’m not running as much, but it’s all good.

I’m happy. It’s spring.
Happy Earth Day!

13 thoughts on “Being Honest and Realistic”

  1. I hate to say it, but I find this post a bit judgmental. I was raised a vegan and have been my entire life– my parents were some of the first few to make choices back before anybody did. People consume animal products for a variety of reasons, and I think it is important not to assume it is because they are addicted or because they “taste good”. My sister is a vegetarian for a variety of reasons, and she gets her eggs from a neighbor who takes great care of their free roaming chicken. What is the problem with that? I choose not to, but I do not think there is anything morally wrong with that. If people hunt all the meat they eat, meaning in a skillful way that caused no undue harm to the animals, I cannot argue with them. If nobody hunted deer they would be severely overpopulated and cause problems– including soil degradation. Hunting is necessary, and so is consuming some animal products if they are not associated with the industrial food process. People hate vegans due to the constant judgment of many of them, and I hate being associated with it, but I will continue to live my lifestyle. And just so you know, our consumption of plants causes the deaths of animals, too. Do your research.

    1. Thank you for this reply. It makes sense however the only reason deer would be over populated is because humans started hunting their natural predators in the first place. f you look at the animal kingdom, populations of, say antelope and lions are able to manage each other quite well without over or under population. In regard to “free-range eggs” they are still unnecessary for a healthy diet and also perpetuate a system that abuses animals. It’s not about being the perfect vegan and not eating because it harms an animal somewhere. It’s about doing the best you can. People hate vegans because they feel like making an ethical choice is hard, so the people who do somehow think they are “superior”. This pisses people off.

  2. Agreed on dairy, there is no reasonable argument for it to be part of anyone’s diet, we’re not baby cows. Sure, flexing on that would be easier sometimes, especially when traveling. I’m in LA this weekend and the hotel only has dairy options at the coffee bar – WTF, it’s LA?! Anyway, I have to ask each time for them to bring out soy or almond milk for coffee and I do it so maybe they’ll put it out all the time for others to choose. But some people, like my mom, can’t grasp that dairy is not a natural or healthy thing for humans to consume mainly because it’s everywhere and in everything.

    My training is pretty crappy lately, it’s been a tough winter and spring. I have a half marathon next weekend with my sister and excepted that it won’t be my best. Then I’ll be reducing mileage over the summer in the heat and focusing of speed workouts more for a stronger fall race season.

    1. Sometimes the places where I assume it will be easy to get vegan options have none and other times I am pleasantly surprised. I always try to expect that most places won’t have what I want so I plan ahead. Good luck in your half next weekend!

  3. While the history of why certain animals are overpopulated is good to know, it unfortunately does not matter for the time being. I also think the major problem with veganism today is that most people (including what you wrote in your post) fail to acknowledge the power of small changes. You are not going to convince the majority of Americans to become vegan. So, are you going to complain about them and their addiction to dairy or help move the country in the right direction through compromise? If I can’t convince someone to give up animal products, I am going to convince them to get their eggs from a local farmer who treats the chickens well. And to become more in touch with the entire system, which might eventually move them in that direction. Blame is ineffective. They might like their dairy, but I know more than just a few vegans who are quite “addicted” to sugar. The world will never give up the consumption of animals. For example, dogs need to eat meat. That is what they are meant to eat. Does this mean we should all give up all of our dogs or let them starve to death to save the chickens and the fish? We need a better system under the assumption that there is no way 100% of the people and the pets in this world will give up the consumption of other animals. And I am interested in helping that happen. People who eat animal products don’t need a reality check because most of them don’t care, and coming across pretentious vegans only makes them turn further in the other direction.

    1. Totally agree here, however in my experience many people can make more of an effort than they do. Even some of my coworkers, who work in a vegan restaurant with all the vegan cheese, milk and ice cream do not make vegan choices. I think the small steps approach is helpful for some, however what gets me riled is when someone was vegan and made the full transition, small steps or not, and then goes back because they miss dairy. That is what I am referring to, not people who haven’t even made any steps in the plant-based direction. Dogs are different then humans, as are cats. They are not humans and humans have the CHOICE. We have the brain power and capacity to choose. We can CHOOSE to make the more compassionate choice. I am not shaming your sister. My sister hunts for God’s sake and I don’t hate on her for that. This post expresses my feelings concerning the most recent articles I’ve read about people who have been plant-based for a while and then choose, knowing full well what eating animals and their products mean for humans and the environment and then go back.

  4. This is such an unfair post, Ellie. Veganism is NOT for everyone. To say that someone is “breaking their morals” by making a choice for their health is wrong. You can’t possibly know that people are not being honest by saying they are reintroducing for health reasons. Human bodies are vastly different from one another and can handle foods in different ways. Some people do return to dairy for health reasons. There ARE health benefits to dairy- espescially full fat dairy. There are vegan dairy substitutes but they are NOT nutritionally equivalent: see vegan yogurt vs. dairy yogurt (vegan alternatives are high sugar, low protein). And look at calcium for example, it’d be much easier to drink a glass of milk than to eat the high volume of spinach it’d take to match it. So yes, it may be about convenience in part– but ultimately that convenience is what makes improving their health manageable.

  5. I very much agree with this post! I’m guilty of eating something because of it’s ease but lately haven’t even had any desire to do so. I feel like people need to make their choice and be up front with it rather than try to make it sound better or necessary!

  6. Ellie, this post is very concerning to me. Many people enter veganism because of an eating disorder and reintroducing dairy and other animal products is the means to recovery which is very much a health issue. I also had a friend who developed a soy intolerance as a vegan and became very sick and thus reintroduce animal products. I understand that you are passionate about your veganism but find this post to be harmful for some readers. Much love to you and I hope you can see where I am coming from.

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