I began my A Week in the Life series with a lot of preamble about conscious consumerism and the impact our choices have on the environment and on those around us. I spoke of our tendency to remain purposely disillusioned about the food on our plates and the clothes on our backs. I challenged everyone to be more aware.
I’ve been thinking a lot more about the message of sustainability this week as I finally watched Cowspiracy and the new, related documentary, What the Health. I’ve also been doing quite a bit of research for an upcoming post on protein, which people often think is the most elusive dietary requirement (spoiler: it’s not). There is so much information readily available, but not everyone chooses to seek it out.
Veganism as a means to sustainability, environmental stability, and optimal health is something I’m truly passionate about, yet I feel caught in a struggle between quietly adopting new personal practices, and spreading the message about what I’m doing and why it’s beneficial. No one wants to be that person who aggressively promotes their own agendas. You may have heard the joke, “An atheist, a vegan, and a Crossfitter walk into a bar. I know because they told everyone.” Vegans are generally viewed as annoying, and they can be. I can be. I don’t want to be, of course, but I’m also uncomfortable if I don’t voice my opinions when appropriate. This is, in part, why I started this blog, and why I launched my Facebook page to share research and articles. I strongly believe that people cannot be forced to change, but that people must want to change, and will be more inclined to do so if they are surrounded by positive examples of change.