I have a friend who said he is going vegan for health reasons at the beginning of the year but in the same sentence went, “but I’ll probably cheat every once in a while.” Um no you’re not vegan, you’re plant based. The definition of veganism is, “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
Veganism is an ethical position first and foremost. Yes many vegans do reap the health benefits but just going vegan isn’t going to make your health any better or make your lose weight. One can be a vegan and eat nothing but Oreos and pop, although I don’t recommend it. But if you’re putting bad things in your body at least you aren’t hurting others.
Going plant based is a diet that people then can easily cheat on when things gets difficult. Hence the Instagram picture of this person’s non-vegan heart shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day. But if the basis of your diet is ethical, it will be difficult and near impossible for someone to cheat and eat animal products.
Or the people who say, “I’ve tried veganism once,” after you mention you are vegan. Yes someone can stop being vegan but if it is truly an ethical position you wouldn’t go back to eating animal products when things get tough.