How To Explain Why You’re Vegan

(Post updated: April 2017 to reflect new beliefs, improve grammar and clarity.)

From: The Vegan Activist, comes one of the most helpful videos so far. I have issues with being vegan, well not with the practice of being a committed vegan, it’s just(-ice) spend the-socially-interactive part of my life asking people to please not wear fragrance and sprays so I can access buildings like University, doctors, specialists and even friends and family; adding veganism into the mix just makes asking for special considerations weirder, scarier. I don’t want to offend friends and family because, as it is, being chemically sensitive to someone’s fragrance, believe it or not, can cause them to become offended. Relationships have disappeared like a puff of smoke, leaving behind caustic emotions that impede on confidence and just the idea of future friendships, interactions with family etc.

The right to wear fragrance in public/home/safe spaces: Human selfishness at it’s finest, almost… except for the mass animal holocaust that’s going on as your read this.

Breathing may be a major life activity that you take for granted; that is, until it’s impeded upon by chemical irritants or mould. Ergo, for when that person, who is always wearing their favourite fragrance, is asked to forgo their ‘personal choice’ of scent so you can breathe at Christmas lunch or other event, well, now, just imagine their reaction when telling them: “Please don’t wear any products containing fragrance” and telling them their will be “NO corpses eaten in or at our house”. Luckily, my caring vegan man is an angry vegan and adamant that animals and their by-products won’t be eaten in our future house. Lol, I have back up! We spent Xmas alone due to the fragrance issues… it’s just easier; and we had the loveliest time making a colourful festive vegan lunch.

(Update: Christmas 2016 was spent out on the balcony of our build, eating vegan Mexican food, with my lovely daughter who went fragrance-free to perfection. Image from my Instagram, below. xo)

1st #vegan #family ?Christmas ? lunch Awesome ?to see you again #beautiful #daughter? @cassie_jay_bell ??

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Still, I have to deal with the needs of my medical condition and (Update: diagnosis of CIRS), classed as a disability in Australia, but not recognised as such by the general public (the Australian Government, yes, we are getting there.), and the only choice I have when it comes to supporting the mass slaughter and consumption of animals is to not be a part of it (Update: the movement of veganism and abolishing animal cruelty are calling my name for valid reasons: Point 1), if chemicals are tested on animals yet humans can be as chemically sensitive as myself and some of my readers, then that proves the whole point of the cause: animals suffer needlessly. Point 2), we are all in this world together and if we don’t do something, we’re just sitting back waiting to die along with it.)  My diet is no longer a personal choice even though it’s what bought me here to this point. I must stand tall, stand up for what I believe is right; just like I have for all the chemical sensitivity related causes I have personally and actively supported and worked for while breaking down barriers for people like us. It’s this same personal value, the need for justice, that has bought me to publish at the blog, The Labyrinth ~ and finding our way out.

We all have slightly different reasons for choosing to avoid animal products, but the most universal one is because it’s the right thing to do. When talking to open minded people, don’t be afraid to give them the shocking facts. But with others, leading by example can be more effective, planting seeds along the way. Regardless of this, be confident and speak on behalf of the voiceless animals.
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Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

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  1. WE HAVE SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH IN COMMON—- MCS & WE DON’T EAT MEAT——-AND WE BOTH HAVE AN UNUSUAL SENSE OF HUMOR ALSO!!!! :)

  2. Fantastic! Great awareness. Loving these videos. Can you recommend a good book about the transistion from vegetarian to veganism? Much love <3

    • Michellina van Loder says:

      I’m thinking. Have too many. Like, literature that proves its the optimal diet, the only one that keeps you slender long-term (mmm, maybe The China Study; or from just purely a health perspective then i would definitely read (or watch the movie) Forks over Knives, By Gene Stone, which has heaps of recipes as well as theory and method advice; or if you come at it from more of an environmental standpoint? My fav is Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer Then watch Conspiracy/ I also have some good tips on old school authors and it’s, like, Peter Singer, Animal Liberation, total ethics: the bare-naked-cold facts (. From a Yogic perspective, which is what led me here and caught my personal interest, my favourite is Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: A Yoga Method of Chenrez. It’s different. Probably not what I’d start with but made a huge impact on the moment I awoke to not eating my mates. IF I were you, I’d also watch Kerry McCarpet who shares the same name as the UK poli who is also vegan> Anyway Kerry has the same (McCarthy) (in case you get confused (because I did). Here is her link for YouTube. McCarthy (the real one, lol) is also an artist and makes music, I believe. Her real name was already taken on YouTube, obviously. How to Deal with Your Creativity I had major issues with an influx of energy when I went raw vegan in AU summer of 015′ but then i had the wet weather mould Pularria and I could smell all the mildew on the food from the shops, it was gross so I’m mostly cooked vegan now–that’s another whole blog post I’ve already done Here is a playlist of recipes by Banana Blondie 108 my online yoga teacher And this an example of how one person eats on a plant based diet, however, this is HCLF raw and cooked food. If you want totally raw rad recipes go to TannnyRaw she is wild but not as wyld as you. if you find that you struggle eating the traditional vegan foods (bananas, greens and mass quantities of fruit, then try the Starch Solution, which i’ve not read but know from experiences starches can save your life if you start reacting to too many foods like I did. I eat a lot of brown rice, which I like cause I can stir fry it with greens (well my caring vegan man does) and sweet potatoes, fruit cooked and raw. And this is the speech that turned my caring vegan man into a vegan in one second!

      Wow! You asked xo

      • Thank you! There’s a lot there lol – yes I asked. I’m a huuuge fan of Peter Singer. Because I’ve been a Vego for 34 years ethics or health or environment aren’t in question :) more just the transition of no animal protein eg: free range eggs to only pulses and nuts of which I do have digestion issues. My diet when living in Asia was lentils, lentils and more lentils which now my gut can only cope with in small quantities. Nuts are hard to digest. I will look at some of the cook books you recommended. Thank you ????

      • I’m also keen to watch the video that turned your man Vegah :)

        • Michellina van Loder says:

          I came as a shock to me actually. He comes from a Macedonian meat-eating culture!

          • Wow! That’s awesome. Did he change straight away or did you have to turn a blind eye over your dietary differences until he did?

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