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The imperfect vegan

When I turned vegan ~6 years ago, my conformance was slightly less than 100% initially. This was largely to keep domestic peace without compromising the core principle. For example,

  • Palak paneer, a popular dish when dining out, couldn’t be messed with. So I’d focus on the palak while they’d monopolize the paneer
  • While eating at home, I’d occasionally get a ghee smeared roti thanks to miscalculation by one of the boys
  • It was incredibly hard for my boys to process why I’d refuse even a small piece of cheese pizza or milk shake. So I obliged for a few birthdays

For most of my life, chocolate didn’t hold a special place in my heart but living with this family (especially in the past 10 years) has inexorably changed that. I finally get why chocolate is a big deal to so many people. While I restrict myself to dark chocolate and I don’t succumb easily, milk solids are involved in any non-vegan chocolate so there…

I’ll probably return to 100% in due course but I’m losing sleep over it. As I track the amazing progress of the vegan movement (in Europe, US, and shockingly closer to home in India), I’ve started asking this question: Could the imperfect vegan be better for the world than the perfect vegetarian with a high dairy chowprint (made-up word)?

I find myself vigorously agreeing with Kaitlin – better to have a world full of non-strict vegans than a small percentage of the world fully vegan.

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