My Decision to Be Vegan Has Nothing to Do With Food—Here, I’ll Explain (Byrdie)

An essay by Amanda Montell

I am not a hippie.

I do not enjoy yoga, and I do not wear flowy clothing. I do not appreciate the smell of patchouli, journal, or use words like “journey,” “aura,” and “vibes.” (At least not without irony.) I do not care if my food is organic. I barely even care if my food is healthy. In fact, my all-time favorite meal is pizza, beer, and chocolate chip cookies.

But, I am vegan. I am fiercely, passionately, unapologetically vegan. Eating a plant-based diet is probably the most important thing in my life. And it has nothing to do with living a “natural” lifestyle or eating “clean.”

Sound like a contradiction? It’s totally not. Let me explain…

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