new series on vegans & body image–get involved!

In light of the response from my body image survey, the latest T.O.F.U. issue, and the panel at the last Vida Vegan Con, body image—especially of vegans—is a huge issue. We are, as a people, not OK with ourselves. And that’s not OK.

So I’m starting what I hope will at least be a monthly series, where we hear from all of you. How do you feel about yourself, and how does your vegan label affect that?

What I need from you:

Around 500–1,000 words on the following (hit as many of the points as you like—I’ll be editing):

  • Name (first, full, fake), age, sex/gender identity, body type as you’d categorize yourself. If you’d like to include height/weight, go for it.
  • How long have you been vegan (or vegetarian before that), and why?
  • How much work do you put into your physical being? Diet, exercise, drugs, surgery, shapewear?
  • How has going vegan affected your body and body image? Transformed? Not at all?
  • What does “healthy” mean to you? Do you strive for it?
  • Any history with eating disorders? Wanna talk about it?
  • What, if any, responsibility do you have as a vegan ambassador to look or be a certain way?
  • Anything else you’d like to say on the subject?

Include a photo if you’re not a camera-shy child like myself. I’d love to get all your vegan mugs out there. At least 300 pixels wide, please.

Email it all to me at VegtasticVoyage@gmail.com. I’ll let you know if/when I’ll be using yours and will run big edits by you.

Thanks a ton, kiddos. I think this’ll be cool. And like I said for my original survey, please seek professional help if you think you might need it, and big hugs to all for tackling such a triggery subject.

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