Vegan Recidivism

A broader look at the ex-vegan phenomenon.

ex-vegan venn diagram

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Table of Contents

Non-Vegan:

  • Unconscious Consumer
  • Anti-Vegan
  • Ex-Plant-Based
  • Pro-Vegan

Ex-Vegan:

  • Eating Disorder
  • Apathy
  • Health fears
  • Thrill of taboo meat
  • Conspiracy

Vegan:

  • Ex-Ex-Vegan
  • Ex-Raw-Vegan
  • Ex-Anti-Vegan
  • Vegan activism critical

Vegan Responses to Ex-Vegans

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Non-Vegan

Everyone starts off as an unconscious consumer for how their parents raised them and subject to the culture into which they were born. Vegans are a minority and simply put there are practical and social pressures for vegans to give up their lifestyle.

Anti-Vegans are people who understand the reality behind animal agriculture and the philosophical arguments for abstaining from supporting that process, but who seek out people to argue against making that change. Some ex-vegans start advocating a 100% raw animal product diet because on the first instance of putting meat in their mouth, they have an emotional reaction which feels overwhelming because it’s something they’ve made taboo for such a long time.

Finally you have pro-vegans who advocate for total animal liberation, but don’t live a fully vegan lifestyle. And ex-plant based people who try the diet for health reasons without ever taking on the ethical vegan lifestyle, then when they try other diets are confused for ex-vegans.

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Unconscious Consumer

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Anti-Vegan

Vegan Gains

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theflemface

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Ex-Plant Based People

sv3rige

Disclaimer: anti-hospital/doctor hysteria, diet advice gave himself a life threatening infection from raw bone marrow, thinks we need more murder in the world to balance out his ideal primitive society.

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Kayla joy

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Tori Sterling

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Pro-Vegan

Hank Green vlogbrothers, Crash Course

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BEME News

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Redacted Tonight

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dombower

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Off Grid Athlete

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Ex-vegan

“Data from the EPIC-Oxford study shows that nearly three-quarters of the participants who were vegetarian or vegan at recruitment in the mid to late 1990s were still either vegetarian or vegan when they completed a follow-up questionnaire in 2010,”

“Compared to the U.S. population, former vegetarians/vegans eat significantly less meat, notably chicken, pork, beef, seafood, and other meats (duck, lamb, rabbit, deer, goat, etc.). The biggest difference is in chicken consumption: former vegetarians/vegans eat 1/3 of a serving per day, compared to 4/5 of a serving for the U.S. population, which is noteworthy given that chickens account for the overwhelming majority of land-based farmed animals. However, there are limitations to the chicken calculations as discussed in the following pages. These findings suggest that the average former vegetarian/vegan may be more appropriately thought of as a meat reducer or possibly even a semi-vegetarian, given that on average they eat only slightly more than half the daily servings of meat.”

For a long time most of the plant-based people on YouTube were following a raw vegan diet motivated by pseudo-scientific health claims and the prospect of getting to live a permanent vacation lifestyle by selling the idea of quitting your job and doing YouTube full-time to others, like a pyramid scheme. This means YouTube would also show a disproportionate number of ex-vegans relative to average figures.

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Eating Disorder / Lost faith in raw pseudo-science

Bonny Rebecca

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Melanie Murphy

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Christie Swadling

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Sarahs Day

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Raw Alignment

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Rawvana English

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lexie lombard

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Apathy

Tana Mongeau

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Blaire White

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Victoria X Rave

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MadeUpMama

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Nikocado Avocado

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Orlin Home

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Health fear

SAARA

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transhumanistxxyy

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Rebekah Borucki

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Jacko Wacko

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Thrill of taboo meat

Timothy

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Vegetable Police

Disclaimer: Former Nazi propagandist. Flat-Earther. Orthorexia.

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Dr Sweets

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KasumiKriss

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Conspiracy

CMC Broadcasting

Disclaimer: White nationalist and anti-women’s right to work or vote

  • Why I’m Not Vegan Anymore [now thinks the vegan diet is a Jewish NWO conspiracy to turn the US into an agrarian society to feed the rest of the world]

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Vegan

The existence of ex-vegans is grasped on to and played up endlessly so that meat eaters can hope to dismiss veganism as a passing phase. This is confirmed by rumors told by friends in pubs, adverts for fast food on the telly or the YouTube algorithm suggesting videos that confirm popular preconceived notions.

The bigger picture reality however is far more interesting and complex. Many people who are die hard vegans today are in fact ex-ex-vegans, having fallen off the diet, then gotten back on, sometimes multiple times until it settles in and becomes their new normal.

As well, many meat eaters may have had limited interactions with vegans in real life who are from diverse backgrounds, so it can be easy to not be aware of the amount of diverse philosophies within veganism and the number of internal debates and critiques of forms of vegan activism.

Finally many may be unaware of the many vegans today who were at one time anti-vegan because they thought they needed to justify the habits they grew up with against a group of people they didn’t understand.

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Ex-Ex-Vegan

Richard Spry

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Jannell Jay

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ScorpioAnnYT

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The Vegan Life

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Mel Cherrii

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Cecilia Rachel

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Brittany Rayn Weightloss

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Julianne Lopez

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TamoyfromToronto

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MissKaytarah

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Supreme Physique

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Daniel McLaughlin

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LaurensTruth

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Zach Adam Cook

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The No Way Jose Show

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Awkwardly Vegan

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TOP Sarang

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111AKASHA

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Jones LeFae

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Meghan Nelson

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thunderfrost23

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Christine Reed

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Taylor Peters

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Ex-Raw Vegan

Unnatural Vegan

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Monami Frost

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Plantriotic

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Ted Carr EXTRA

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Jolie Janine

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Earth Mama Medicine

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Eatfreshlivefresh

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Kasia Ring

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SunnyKnows

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Rice Binger

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Catherine Shanahan

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Lisa Heal yourself

 

Lizzie Francis

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Ex-Anti-Vegan

FoodForLouis

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SISSEL

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Jessica Odermatt

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The Selling Academy TV

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Vegan Activism Critical

Vegan Gains

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Unnatural Vegan

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Cheap Lazy Vegan

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Edwins Generation

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So You’re Dating A Vegan

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Shelbizleee

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a privileged vegan

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à-bas-le-ciel

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ModVegan

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Carb Up and Carpe Diem!

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EcoPeaceful

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Lay Vegan

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Activist Journeys

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Vegan Responses to Ex-Vegans

Vegan Gains

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Brian Turner

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Unnatural Vegan

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Mic the Vegan

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à-bas-le-ciel

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theflemface

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ex-vegan venn diagram