If you are a vegan or vegetarian, you know it can be hard to avoid all items without animal products.
I have been a vegan for several years. I try to avoid animal products as much as possible, but sometimes I cheat.
When I went vegetarian, I wanted to do things correctly. I tried to avoid all meat products and other animal products like gelatin. If I ate something that was not vegetarian, I would feel really bad.
It is too hard.
Sometimes, it can be too hard to avoid animal products. As a vegan, you have to avoid meat, fish, eggs, dairy, leather, fur and all products with animal products or byproducts in then. You can get lists of all animal ingredients, but sometimes it is just too hard to avoid every single animal product since they are used in so many different things. Animal products show up in food, makeup and even car parts. I try to do the best I can to avoid as many animal products as possible. If you are a new vegan, start with avoiding the big stuff like meat and dairy. Move on to avoiding smaller animal products like honey or makeup products that use animal products.
Sometimes, you just can't tell if something is vegan.
If you are going out to eat in a place without a lot of vegan options, you can ask for something vegan. You can't always tell 100% if something is vegan or always know if something will have an animal product in. I try to do the best I can when I go out to eat or at an event without vegan options, but sometimes I am okay if something is not 100% vegan or I will just bring my own food.
Sometimes, the rules change.
Is sugar vegan? Is honey vegan? Can you keep items that are leather or fur if you bought them before you were vegan? It is not always clear what did vegan and what is not. You can choose which rules for your beliefs the best. For example, I try to avoid all animal products, but will sometimes have items with sugar in them.
It is not about being perfect.
Vegan is not about being perfect or following strict rules just to follow them. Vegan is a lifestyle choice and sometimes life gets in the way. Being vegan is not a contest and it is okay to mess up sometimes if you try to be vegan as much as you can.
What do you think? Do you think it is okay to cheat a little when you are vegan?