Below, please find a list of incredibly common questions I've compiled from emails and comments. Still stumped? Feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I promise to do my best to help you figure it out!
What is a "Ve-Gan?" A vegan is a person who leads a compassionate lifestyle. We refrain from eating or wearing anything that comes from or is made from an animal and we won’t use anything tested on them. An example of things we avoid include: dairy, eggs, meat, gelatin, honey, leather and wool.
Why don't you drink milk? There are a PLETHORA of reasons drinking milk is unnecessary nutrition wise and far, far more for moral ones. Rather than force-feeding all the not-so-pleasant details to you, I encourage you to find out for yourself why you should put the dairy BACK on the shelf.
So then what's so wrong with wool? Vegans believe no animal was put on this Earth to be used for human consumption, entertainment or goods. This includes things like dairy and wool, which while the animal is not necessarily slaughtered to obtain the goods, it does result in an invasion of their right to a purpose-free life.
My cousin, sister, best friend from college is a vegan, but she wears leather, how come? Well, said person is in fact, not a vegan, but a vegetarian. There are a few different kinds of eaters out there, but to simplify it, there are vegans and then there's everyone else. Veganism involves not only a diet change, but a complete lifestyle alteration as well (including eradicating leather and animal-tested items from said life). A vegetarian is someone who follows a vegan diet (excludes all animal products), but still uses animals in other aspects of their life. In addition to these types, there are lacto (dairy), ovo (eggs) and pesce (fish) tarians who are somewhat relatives of the vegan family.
AND no, not eating red meat, but still eating fish and chicken DOES NOT make you a vegetarian. It simply makes you someone that doesn't eat red meat.
What is a Pearyn? A 'Pearyn' is in fact not an 'a.' Pearyn is our darling little daughter and if you must know, is a shortened form of Perigrinne, which means "wanderer."
What makes you a "chubby" vegan? Please take a gander at the Mighty Chubby Disclaimer I've kindly and thoughtfully penned. If you still don't get it, google pictures of vegan girls, then, look at me.
So what's the big deal with being a vegan mom? Well, other than the fact that nearly everyone I explain our diet to thinks I'm trying to malnourish and kill my child, a whole bunch. Because of our dedication to creating a cruelty-free family, there are a few normal traditions that will inevitably have to be tweaked to be animal-lover friendly. Some of these include: birthday parties, trick-or-treating, Thanksgiving, school lunches, summer camp and the mere act of raising an independent, free-thinking little human being.
What ARE you going to do about Halloween, birthday parties, etc? While I'd love to say I had all the answers, these types of questions aren't ones that can be easily figured out. Instead, we've mapped out our approaches to some of the problems we know might arise and we'll adjust as we see fit. Ultimately, these trials and tribulations will be part of our journey and we're inviting you to join us as we make it happen.
What if your child doesn't want to be a vegan? Well, what if your child wants to eat ice cream sundaes all day every day, do you let them? Until Pearyn is old enough to make a responsible decision regarding diet and nutrition for herself, we'll do everything we can to provide an incredibly healthy vegan life for our little girl. When the time comes and she is able to make her own choices, if she selects wrong we'll exile her. Kidding. We will work something out. We have no intentions of forcing our lifestyle on anyone, including our offspring.
But, isn't that what you're doing? Forcing them to be vegan? We've decided to raise our children as vegans from conception because in the event they want to continue their vegan path, they'll have had the opportunity to do that since the womb. And in the event they grow up and want to eat cheeseburgers all day, every day, then living a cholesterol-free life through their teenage years is at least going to postpone all that artery clogging for a little bit.
What's with the cupcakes? I'm a really big fan of baking. I'm an even bigger fan of baking vegan cupcakes for friends, family and sometimes strangers just to prove to them how delicious AND possible dairy-free and egg-free baking can be.
And trust me, it is.