Normally when bloggers say “Full Disclosure” it has to do with their sponsors, and whether or not they fully disclose if a post is influenced by compensation or another financial motive. I do not aim to be a sponsored blog, so I mean “Full Disclosure” in a different light: simple honesty.
It has bothered me for quite some time that I resort to labeling myself as “vegan,” when indeed only my diet is, not my lifestyle. That is not a true vegan by any means, that is simply a strict vegetarian. It was after reading this blogger’s response to “What different types of vegans are there” that gave me a twinge of guilt for using the label.
My [FULL DISCLOSURE]:
- ∞ I follow a strictly “vegan diet”, and have for years (since March of 2010)
- ∞ I Tweet about and Pin about vegan food + products because I enjoy the openness, willingness to share, and sense of community that vegans bring. I follow vegan foodies on Instagram and vegan food blogs for recipe ideas, too.
- ∞ I have gone years calling myself a vegan because it’s just easier than saying “I’m an uber strict vegetarian who doesn’t eat anything that ever came from an animal,” while dining out with friends and family
Why do I think it’s necessary to be telling you all of this?
- ∞ Many of my friends give me heat for being a “bad vegan,” when in fact, yes, I’m the worst vegan in every sense of the term. I never aimed to be a devout vegan, per se, but a healthier eating version of myself.
- ∞ I love fashion design, the appreciation of a
designer’sartist’s work, and at one point I wanted more than anything to go to Parsons, FIT, or RISD to study fashion design. Who am I kidding—I still want to.
- ∞ That being said, yes, I wear leather. I wear silk. I wear wool. I wear cashmere. If it aligns with my aesthetic and I can work it into my wardrobe, I do not care to look at what it is made of. Unless it is wool, because that can get itchy when close to the skin.
Every time I made a life-change to my diet has been the result of an experiment: going from omnivore to vegetarian in high school, and from vegetarian to vegan in college were the products of my curiosity: “Let’s try this for a month.” After loving how my body felt from these changes, I adopted each as a lifestyle change. I have never claimed to be vegan for ethical reasons; I have remained vegan for health and for sustainability purposes in reducing my own carbon footprint. I realize that the sustainability standpoint is a little bit backwards since I still wear leather and such, but I’m only human.