5 vegan questions I wish I didn’t have to answer
Where do you get your protein?
I hear this question the most frequently. I go into a little bit more detail in the go vegan section on my site, but my answer is straightforward. Currently, my trainer is recommending 189 grams of protein, and I ensure that I consume that daily by tracking it on cronometer.com. I consume most of my protein in the form of seitan, and tofu.
So you can’t have gluten?
I’ve noticed that this question is becoming more popular with all of the negative publicity gluten is getting these days. Gluten is a protein found in wheat. As a vegan, I do not consume animal products, and wheat is in no way an animal. Unlike many people, I do not have any allergy or sensitivity to gluten. As a matter of fact, I consume gluten almost every day in the form of seitan.
Can you drink beer?
I get this question regularly from all of the “manly” men. They assume that because a vegan diet is not manly and beer is very manly they conclude that beer obviously doesn’t have a place in a vegan diet. I can drink beer, but I choose not to. I am very health conscious, and I don’t see any worthwhile benefits from drinking beer. I used to drink in excess, but now I don’t like how it impacts my judgement, and I don’t like how it makes me feel. At this point in my life, I do not enjoy drinking alcohol, so I don’t do it. It is simple. Unfortunately, like eating meat, drinking alcohol has become a measure of manliness and men are often pressured into drinking and even judged based on their selections. As vegan men we need to be able to stand up for ourselves and never let that pressure affect us. We should only drink when we want to and always drink responsibly. As vegan men, we should also never drink and drive or allow our friends to drive impaired because that is a selfish decision that could harm many living things. Also, if you are going to drink, be careful because some beers contain animal ingredients, additives, or processing agents. Peta has a comprehensive list of vegan beers here.
You’re not like a real vegan are you?
This question is often referring to the ethical side of veganism and is usually followed up with something like “because you wear leather boots at work?” I feel slightly irritated when people ask me this question because it is generally meant with a negative connotation and involves an attempt to point out some flaw. I feel like people are saying that eating a vegan diet is one thing, but to actually care about the animals is just crazy. Yes, I am a real vegan, I not only follow a vegan diet, but I believe in the ethical treatment of all living things. I strive to live my life cruelty-free despite the fact that I am required to wear leather flight gear. My boots are now six years old (from before I was a vegan) and falling apart because I refuse to get new ones. I also dreamt my whole life of wearing a leather pilot’s jacket, and now it collects dust in my closet while I brave the cold because I don’t believe in the harm it once caused an animal. I am a real vegan, and I do the best I can to live cruelty-free.
Did your girlfriend/wife make you go vegan?
I despise this question. The root thinking behind it is that no man in his right frame of mind would ever go vegan without the influence of a female. Changing that attitude and the gender biases associated with veganism is exactly why I created this site. A real man is compassionate. A real man stands up for defenseless animals despite what every other “man” thinks. A real man would never do something just to impress a female.
No, my wife had nothing to do with me being vegan. My wife does not make me do anything that I don’t want to do, just as I would never make her do anything she doesn’t want to do. We create an environment of mutual respect where we share the same values, respect each other, and respect all living things.
Please let me know some questions you wish you didn’t have to answer.