You know how when you know you shouldn’t do something but you really, really want to how all of a sudden a lot of seemingly reasonable excuses come into your head to justify it? Well, I used to be that way with animal products until I decided that was really not working for me anymore. Now I am the exact opposite. For example, today on my lunch break, I went to Origins and bought way too many skincare products that I don’t need. I justified this by being all “oh my gosh! Origins is cruelty free, and I should TOTALLY support them in that effort!” So, $75 later I had some fun face lotions/cleansers, and maybe, just MAYBE a paw balm for my dog. Yes, that’s right, I bought $15 ALL NATURAL paw balm for my little dog’s comfort. Because, um, I should support Origins! And tell me what dog doesn’t enjoy a good paw massage, right? (Ok, maybe not…he kind of looks at me like he’s really irritated when I’m doing it, and then tries to lick it all off later. Woops. Good thing it’s all natural.)
I do the same thing with food now. “If it’s vegan it must be healthy! I can eat whatever I want. Look at how compassionate I am!” My expanding waistline might disagree with that justification, but that’s not really stopping me, now is it? Part of the problem is that suddenly I have a desire to bake all the time. I NEVER liked baking when I was an omnivore – ask my family, they’ll tell you what a shock it’s been these past few months when I show up with freshly baked vegan muffins or cupcakes. The thing I like about vegan baking is that it’s so much more creative than regular baking. There are several substitutes for eggs, in particular, that make it fun to experiment – does this recipe use silken tofu, or Ener-G egg replacer, or flax seeds? So much fun! (Oh god, I think I’ve turned in to a baking nerd….I never thought I’d see the day).
At any rate, while eating vegan baked goods makes me feel a lot better about what I’m eating, I still can’t deny that it’s not the healthiest thing I could be eating – and yet, no guilt! Has anyone else had this problem after switching to a vegan diet, or am I the lone weirdo??