JUST START SOMEWHERE: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ALL OR NOTHING!
Plant-based doesn’t have to mean you go completely vegan. It can mean just getting more plant-based meals into your diet, more of the time. Increasingly, people are doing just that but without becoming vegan or vegetarian (sometimes called flexitarians) – including committed carnivores who would never give up meat completely.
New vegan foods are appearing all the time: Ben & Jerry’s recently launched four non-dairy ice creams. Now even those who eat a vegan diet may not classify themselves as such or live an entirely vegan lifestyle; ‘vegan’ just sounds so hemp-shirt-wearing worthy (and I am one).
There are now enough vegans who occasionally eat egg that there’s even a word for it: veggan. Or you could be a climatarian, which means having locally produced food, less meat (and from pigs and poultry rather than cows, as they produce fewer emissions), and drastically limiting your food waste which is one heck of a good thing, don’t you think?