Elena Jenkins explains how her book, Veganism: Your Questions, Answered, can help transitioning vegans.
We’ve all been there; rolled our eyes at questions about protein, smiled politely while a non-vegan proclaims their love for bacon, been there, done that, got the vegan t-shirt. Like it or lump it, being asked questions is something you sign up for when you go vegan.
We answer these questions because the reasons for which we go vegan, be it for the animals, the environment or health, are important to us. Personally, I am vegan for the animals and environment, health being somewhat of an afterthought.
So, what exactly do I do to change these things that I disagree with? Simple, I do my utmost not to consume animal products or contribute to industries that exploit them. Except, is it really that simple? You see, since going vegan, I’d always had the nagging feeling that just abstaining from these products was not enough.
I’d hear about activists on the streets, putting themselves out there and making some real noise for these causes that I believe in. However, I did not see myself among these people. The truth is that we all have our own ways of protesting: for me, yelling slogans, going to vigils, and approaching strangers is not it.
Yet I knew I needed to do something. The question was: what could I do to help the animals and planet while staying true to who I was?
The first thing that came to mind was writing. While I may not have the guts or angst to break a window, something I certainly can do, is write. I could write a book about veganism, a book that answers the most common questions that vegans get asked.
Not an exhaustive list, but one that covers the most common questions, providing light-hearted and honest responses aimed at expanding the conversation beyond simply, ‘Where do you get your protein?’ I set to work compiling a list for the 50 most common questions I have been asked since going vegan.
Months later, here I am presenting to you that book: Veganism: Your Questions, Answered. My premise is, if we can cover the basic questions, make it common knowledge that protein is abundant in plants, that vegan food isn’t bland, and that, frankly, we’re not all barking mad, then what we could do for the planet and animals would be amplified.
If we can bring non-vegans up-to-speed with the legitimacy of veganism, then they will be much more likely to consider it. I believe that this book can help us with that. It is non-combative, easy to read and ‘digestible’, so to speak. If you’re struggling with answering the questions you get asked daily, I invite you to give it a read and then share it with your friends and family, taking the pressure to answer these questions off yourself.
This book can help us open-up the discussion on veganism beyond the mundane and make our future conversations with non-vegans a whole lot more interesting.