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Normal Vegans

Vegan:
Someone who eats neither meat nor dairy. Usually accompanied by extreme liberalism, environmental activism, bisexual tendencies, and tolerance to the point of being unable to tolerate any belief or opinion that isn't left-wing kook-fringe nonsense.

This is the definition used in the urban dictionary. This is how a lot of people see vegans. Don't get me wrong...I'm sure there are vegans out there just like this but this group is for NORMAL VEGANS. What is a normal vegan you ask? Well, we don't eat meat,dairy or any other kind of animal-related foods. We choose this lifestyle for either health reasons or our love for animals or both. We aren't preachy, act superior, or cult like. We're just...us.

What do we do?
Here you will find recipes, information, art and people you can discuss topics with. We will also have contests for points.


Are there any rules?
The only rule is to respect the members of this group. If you have joined this group to post anti-vegan comments, to ridicule or harass you will be removed.
So, this has been popping up a lot lately. One of the articles can be found here.

I find it a bit mind blowing that people will go to this extreme measure to lose weight and/or reverse other health problems when you can simply change the way you eat.  There are medical studies that show a plant based diet can reverse diabetes along with many other health issues. But many rather have their stomach stapled than say no to their food.  One of the only things we have control over in this life is what we put in our mouths.

Of course the media grabs this and runs with it. So all of these people think they have a fix all when the truth is you can return back to the way you were. Once your stomach heals you can stretch it back out again. So how many will end up right back where they were since they didn't actually change their diet?

What are your thoughts on this? For it or against it or indifferent?
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AHenriques Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Great group!
Take a look:
vegan-pt.blogspot.pt/
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Young-stoaty-chap Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think both sides extremists need to shut up. All people should bitch about is the stupidity and offensiveness which goes on in this debate. 
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AndItWorked Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Hi! I'm almost vegan (I eat honey). I guess I'm weird because I do it for health and environmental reasons instead of animal rights reasons. I suppose you've heard of Forks Over Knives and The China Study before? I showed Forks Over Knives to my family, who loves eating meat, and they all agreed to go almost vegan, too.

If you have any environmental arguments against eating honey, please share!
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7thCobweb Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
There is tons of information on this topic, just google how honey itself is produced. With a critical mind you could spot what is dangerous about having bees as animals for production (e. g. I think it is a very bad idea to take away the honey and just replace it with industrial sugar, because this contributes to a weaker immune system of the already dying out bees).
If you´re interested in why the bee population struggles, also look up "mordant" ("pickle", "stain" in metallurgy) or find some articles on pesticide/ biocide used for agriculture. Some countries already have restrictions and rules on how and what is allowed to be used, because those chemicals are obviously harming the environment (bees are affected a lot by this, too!).
I think it´s not necessary to explain you why bees are important to the environment. But you should consider boycotting honey and products with (extreme) use of chemicals. 
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AndItWorked Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Okay, thanks!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
When people were conditioned to eat certain animal species and are convinced it was normal, natural and necessary, they’ll always find something to justify it. This invisible belief system or ideology is called carnism.

We were taught to love dogs, cats and other pets, but many people were trained to live with a “gap of consciousness” that makes them see meat as food, not as a piece of a dead animal. Carnism prevents people from seeing cattle, pigs, chickens or fish as living, breathing individuals with a mind and personality. This belief system is so widespread and entrenched in many cultures that it’s considered to be "the way things are" instead of being questioned.

Many people aren’t aware of the ghastly ecological and social consequences of meat consumption, but without awareness, we cannot make free choices.

Here you can read more about carnism (official website): [link]
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TheViciousViper Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a vegan, but it's nice to see that not all vegans are assholes like they are on tumblr! c:
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dazza1008 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
It's always the crazy ones who are in your face =p

/random reply
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TheViciousViper Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True that. I actually really like to talk to normal vegans and eat vegan food from time to time, but I can't stand people thinking that being an asshole makes me stop eating meat. Uhm, no. When your main argument is "BUT HOOMYNS ARE HERBIVORES ABUBUBUBU BLOODMOUTH", then I won't even think about it.
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dazza1008 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Mm, there's never an excuse for rudeness.
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