Posted as part of VeganMoFo (The Vegan Month of Food) 2014
When vegans are around, things get a little tricky – for all of us. Sometimes non-vegans get defensive or hostile because they think vegans are telling them their food choices are unethical. Sometimes vegans are! And that comes across as self-righteous and snobby.
So, I’m using the Vegan Month of Food – a month during which vegan blogs are celebrated and aggregated in one place – to provide some easy tips for non-vegans and vegans to use, so we can all get along a little better. As the old saying goes, “If you can’t say anything vegan, don’t say anything at all.”
“IT’S NOT VEGAN BUT IT’S GLUTEN FREE.”
Non-vegans, please stop saying this to vegans.
Because vegan and gluten free diets have nothing to do with each other. I know, I know, both of those foods are in the weird hippie aisle of the grocery store, but other than that, they really have nothing in common. Veganism is a lifestyle choice based on ethical or health considerations, while gluten free eating is stupid.
Furthermore, if you know someone is vegan, then you know that they don’t eat non-vegan food. It doesn’t matter if it’s gluten free, nut free, Paleo, raw, cooked, green, red, etc. If it’s not vegan, we don’t want it. So, git!
What are some alternatives?
- “I would offer you this but it isn’t vegan.” (To be said only seriously, never sarcastically or with rude intentions)
- “It’s stupid when people eat gluten free but don’t have Celiac, huh?” (yes)
- Don’t say anything at all.