No one will read this blog post. It will not show up at the top of anyone’s Facebook feed, like the way pictures of my adorable 11 month-old daughter do. Because ultimately, this blog is irrelevant to most people.
My dedication to the plant-based life is unanimously met with the sound of crickets chirping; especially since I have zero desire to try to convince anyone else they should become a vegan.
To go 4 years without eating any meat, eggs, or dairy products is nearly un-American, not to mention, un-masculine.
Our American culture subconsciously associates masculinity with eating meat: In particular, red meat and pork.
So for a man to deny himself of that form of protein… it isn’t considered noble, by most. Instead, it is met with confusion, at best.
To be exact, I haven’t consumed pork (which includes hot dogs, BBQ, and bacon) or shellfish (shrimp, scallops, lobster) since Thanksgiving 2008; over 8 years now. Nor have I eaten any meat (including fish) since December 2011.
I didn’t go vegan all at once; I accidentally stumbled into it after realizing my eczema (dyshidrosis), constant sinus pressure and sinus infections, and pet allergies disappeared once I cut out all animal products.
A couple of months ago I declared myself as the manliest vegan on the Internet. Granted, it was a tongue-in-cheek proclamation. Yet still, no one denied it.
Because really, A) no cares about the lifestyles of vegans except for vegans themselves and B) there are so few masculine vegans on the Internet to care enough to rebuttal my claim.
But in the rare event anyone is actually reading this, take a look at me.
It is very obvious I am not lacking protein. It is very obvious I look healthy.
And that’s with me consuming no meat, eggs, or dairy for 4 years now.
I have no health issues, nor do I require any medications or supplements.
My protein and “good fats” intake (which contains 0% of my daily cholesterol) comes from vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.
As for Vitamin B12, that is derived from the mushrooms, seaweed, and Kombucha I regularly consume.
Plus, my daughter is turning 1 year old this month. So obviously, my plant-based lifestyle didn’t interfere with my ability to father children.
I am an image of a healthy man. I just happen to not consume any animal products.
Yet our society continues to believe that eating red meat and pork is masculine. Our society continues to question whether vegans get enough protein.
Well, at least you know about one exception to the rule now.
But then again, no one will actually read this.