I think that when vegans nitpick each other over minor points (honey, or refined sugar, or even less important topics) that it does a disservice to the message that most of us would like to send to the world at large. "Vegan" can not be seen as an absolute, because virtually no one can live up to it. If you drive a car-you are squashing bugs, if you see a movie-the film is made with gelatin, etc. etc. The term vegan should be applied to any person who does not eat meat, dairy, or eggs, or their obvious by-products. Beyond that it's a grey area. Although I will admit to being inwardly annoyed with leather-wearing vegans.;)
I wear these at work Monday through Thursday:
To me they look fine. They aren't the world's most comfortable shoe but if you put an insole in them they are acceptable. I prefer the Bristol Wingtip that Pangea used to sell but they have been discontinued.
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I would simply say that you eat a nearly vegan diet.
Hi Jim, I feel most comfortable with the term "plant-sourced" since I'd rather people ask me what it means rather than recoil from me thinking I'll attack their tastes/values/comfortable existence. I use "vegan" in restaurants because the server doesn't have the time or inclination to ask me about my lifestyle. I like "veg*n vagabond" though! Mind if I borrow it?
I don't nitpick over whether someone is truly vegan or not. Some people change their lives completely immediately and others pace themselves. Most get to the same place in the end.
I have to thank all of you, again, for all of your support and feedback. Since posting this, I have been 100% vegan with my diet. I don't think I have been even slightly tempted. :)
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