Voracious Vegan No More
One of the most controversial topics right now regards a post made by the Voracious Vegan, titled 'A Vegan No More.' Tasha, the voracious lady behind the post, discusses her battle with numerous vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and her decision to go back to being an omnivore after 3.5 years as a vegan. Her blog is now titled Voracious Eats.
Quite obviously, the post opened up a floodgate of responses, including everything from encouragement to death threats. Tens of thousands of people visited the page, and she recieved hundreds of comments, emails, and phone calls. Her server crashed as a result of the outpouring support and criticism.
Meat or Veggies?
Where do I stand on this? It's hard to say. I have been vegan for three years, and I am personally, the healthiest and happiest I have ever been. My blood tests are excellent, my body is lean and firm, I have energy, my skin glows, and my hair shines. However, that is me personally. I am not Tasha. I don't know what she eats, how much she eats, how her body functions, or why she feels better as an omnivore instead of a vegan. And you know...it's also not really my business.
The Great Divide
To be honest, the only thing that makes me sad about such a post is the division it creates between omnivores and vegans. Some omnivores take this story and run with it, exclaiming that there is no possible way that anyone can be healthy on a vegan diet. At the same time, some vegans will take the opportunity to verbally abuse someone over the decisions they make, which shows the lack of love and compassion that is generally central to a vegan diet.
Just Live With Love
I still personally hold a lot of value in and passion for a vegan diet: My views have not changed, and I doubt they ever will. That being said, I would like to encourage everyone to live with an open mind. Love others for who they are, rather than hating them for the decisions they make. Live as compassionately as you can, whether it's by being vegan, donating food and clothing, or volunteering in a soup kitchen. We won't heal our world with war. So long as there is love and understanding, there will be peace.
Much love <3