So, for the past month or so I have been identifying myself as a vegan and catching tons of flack for it. Now, I’m not going to do something or not do something just so people will accept me or think what I am doing is okay, but I am learning that certain things can be hot button topics or controversial and people may view you as rigid or extreme, or just crazy. So, in short I have decided to drop the identification of vegan and in it’s place, if need be, identifying myself as adhering to a whole foods, plant based lifestyle. You may be wondering what the difference between the two are and to be honest there isn’t much of a difference other than there is no true restriction of all animal and animal byproducts. I have grappled for the past month on where to place myself on these issues because after watching the documentaries I have and after knowing the treatment of the animals I do feel strongly about how mistreated they are but I also am in imperfect human who has cravings and has lived the past 25 years consuming meat and dairy. To truly be considered vegan I suppose there can not be slip ups or occasional cheat days and living in the south and loving certain foods it’s just such a hard struggle to truly give it all up. However, I feel like in having a whole food, plant based lifestyle it can allow me to eat like a vegan or vegetarian 98% of the time but still allow for me to have a bad day and splurge 2 % of the time. At this time I truly think I won’t go back to eating chicken or beef but I can’t see into the future so I don’t know. What I do know is that I truly feel I am making a smaller footprint on the earth and doing what is best, what is healthiest for me and my family. I truly hope others wont see or view me as a hypocrite but merely as an imperfect human trying to figure out how to best serve my God in treating my body as a temple.