I have recently taken a turn for the better in my lives, deciding to eat in accordance with a vegan diet (and lifestyle!). It’s been one heck of a disruption to my friend circles and families, but for me, I truly think it was inevitable that it would happen at some point in the near future. So when I decided to commit to the lifestyle, one that will likely never be undone, I realized “Wow, this isn’t hard whatsoever.”
Truthfully, the toughest thing we face on a daily basis is meal planning and wasting time staring at food labels when at the grocery store. I mean, I really did not scrutinize food labels like this at any point in my life, even when I was trying to be healthier regarding nutrition. Because when you’re vegan, you’re constantly on the look out for ingredients like milk powder, egg, whey, and fish oil. Those four things inevitably show up in foods you never would expect them to, like potato chips, protein bars, frozen foods, and even things like bread where you would least expect them to be.
So, we’ve chosen to start up a subscription with Imperfect Produce. This company essentially sends a couple of shipping boxes to your front door every single month packed to the brim with “imperfect” produce. It’s a funny concept, really. You’re getting produce at the same price (or cheaper) than you would at the grocery, and yet it’s delivered right to your door. All for some potatoes and fruits and other veggies that don’t look perfect? I’m sold.
I mean, when you think at how laughable perfect or imperfect vegetables are, it truly puts into perspective what people seem to value in our era. They like how things look, how people look, how clothes and food look. But when you break down what’s happening, it’s kind of a sad take on things. When all you care about is looks, you’re actively denying yourself of comfort, respect, and happiness in other realms of life. While I’m over here ordering shipping boxes filled to the brim with healthy (and cheap) produce, 100 other people are also ordering cardboard boxes of stuff online that happen to be the exact opposite of my goods: expensive clothes, pointless gadgets, and other things that are all about surface-level desires.
I truly hope that anyone under the spell of current media narratives can finally break free. And that’s because I wish happiness on everyone, not just those close to me. But if you buy into the hype of how things look, you’re already far behind anyone who sees through that . . . tactic, if you will.