When veganism is seen as just another diet fad, it benefits no one

A painting of a gray bunny rabbit next to a red brick wall, chewing on carrot leaves with a piece of lettuce nearby.
A painting of a gray bunny rabbit next to a red brick wall, chewing on carrot leaves with a piece of lettuce nearby.
‘The Rabbit’s Meal’ (1908). Credit: Henri Rousseau/Barnes Foundation via Rawpixel

CW: Disordered eating (specially orthorexia) is discussed in detail

I wish that I had come to veganism because of my love for animals, my care for the environment, and my hope for a better, kinder future. But I didn’t. I came to veganism because I thought it would be an easy way to lose weight and, in my mind, make my deeper body image and eating issues go away.

During my first visit home after starting college, I had a regular checkup and my doctor told me to “make sure I didn’t gain any more weight” when I went back to school. On the same visit home, others made comments about my weight as well. As my freshman year went on, I replayed those voices in my head as I picked up habits like skipping meals, weighing myself daily, and obsessively going to the gym in my dorm building. …

And that’s a good thing!

A plate of tofu scramble that’s been dished out of a bigger platter.
A plate of tofu scramble that’s been dished out of a bigger platter.
Photo: Shutterstock

According to a recent article from the Washington Post, the sales of tofu have skyrocketed during the pandemic. For those of us who rely on a regular tofu supply, this will not come as a shock as there have been frequent “tofu shortages” in grocery stores since March of this year.

“We’ve struggled for years to figure out how to get more tofu into people’s mouths in the U.S.,” Jay Toscano, executive vice president of sales for the nation’s top tofu brand, told the Washington Post.

The text “10 Vegan Gas Station Snacks You Need to Try” overlaid over a fruit hand pie, Oreos, pretzels, and Swedish Fish.
The text “10 Vegan Gas Station Snacks You Need to Try” overlaid over a fruit hand pie, Oreos, pretzels, and Swedish Fish.
Illustration: Arabella Breck

If you’re going on a road trip soon (or if you just get the munchies during a long commute), review the 10 vegan gas station snacks you need to try for snackspiration!

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Arabella Breck

queer writer + editor from the southwest, living in the midwest.

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