Jason and the Veganauts

and the Quest for the Vegan Golden Fleece

Day 250: Jason and the Veganauts

Don’t panic!  You are at the right blog. There is some updating and rebranding taking place, but there aren’t any major changes to the blog except the title and the mission.

The old title has been replaced for a number of reasons.  First and foremost, the new title contains my name and if you hadn’t noticed yet, I tend to be a bit vain.  Some might even suggest that I’m using the title to give people the impression that I am like the Ancient Greek hero, Jason.  That is a complete and total falsehood.  I am saying in straight-forward, plain words that I am like the Ancient Greek hero, Jason… brave, committed, good… but much, much more about me later.

Watch Me Lose 150 Pounds …while I end world hunger, fix the global economy, and save the polar bears.  This was a great title when I began documenting the 180 degree turn from meat eating Atkins dieter to vegetable chomping plant-based dieter.  Health, weight loss, and longevity were the primary reasons I made such a drastic change.  Stabbing chest pain is one hell of a motivator.

In the time period that followed, however, I evolved into more than an herbivore.  I’ve spent eight months trying to live the life of a vegan.  It has been surprisingly easy to adapt to a vegan diet, free of meat, cheese, milk, and even honey.  That doesn’t mean there weren’t a few slip-ups, accidents, and honest mistakes along the way, but those were minor blips on the vegan radar compared to some of the non- diet related animal product mistakes and concessions I’ve had to make in order to adapt to the new life.

These animal based transgressions can seem like blemishes on an otherwise spotless record.  I’ve heard from many people that were “trying to be vegan” but kept slipping up and making mistakes until they finally gave up and went back to their old lifestyles completely.  These are the saddest stories to hear about.  These people are like wandering refuges trapped somewhere between the label of omnivore and the label vegan activist, with no way to identify their lifestyle choice without adding a lot of asterisks and explanations.

For instance, “Hi, I’m Jim and I’m a vegan, except I accidentally ate an egg roll with a shrimp in it and I didn’t spit it all out, and I got a coffee from Starbucks and I think the barista used milk instead of soy, and also I use drier sheets even though they contain animal product, but they smell so good.”  It’s OK Jim, It’s going to be OK.

This brings us to the second part of the new title for the blog as well as the label that I now bestow upon myself: veganaut.  I’m sure the definition will be edited and cleaned up a bit before it is added to Webster’s Dictionary, but here is a first draft we can work with.

ve-gan-aut /VEE-gun-ot/ (n.) 1. a person who is exploring the rewarding vegan lifestyle without actually meeting all of the vegan tenets all of the time.   2. someone who lives like a vegan but makes occasional allowances for transgressions without giving up the vegan lifestyle afterwards.  3. any omnivore who is experimenting with plant-based eating or vegan living. 4. a person who is sick and damn tired of defending their own personal brand of veganism and prefers to have a label nobody can argue with.  An example sentence: Sarah is a veganaut because even though she is almost always vegan, she wears leather shoes and eats cheese fondue once a month with her Mother-in-law and has some turkey on Thanksgiving.

Labels are important.  People are apt to have exceptions and shortcomings  to admit to when they talk about their vegan label.  Veganauts, on the other hand,  are more likely to be reveling in their accomplishments and victories when they are discussing their label.  If I had to pick between being an almost successful vegan or a wildly successful veganaut, the choice would be easy.  Jedi Master Obi-Won Kenobi teaches that our “focus determines our reality.”  I always prefer to focus on the things that make me feel like a winner.  That is the reality I choose.

*Cue the theme song to Cheers

The new mission of the ole’ blog is to encourage, support, empower, and cheer for veganauts everywhere.  Don’t worry, I’ll still be sharing weight loss success stories (an upcoming post has some exciting news) and commenting on my explorations as a veganaut- how could I possibly stop talking about me?  However, anyone brave enough fight the meat related brainwashing and dairy related cravings so they can explore a green, cruelty-free, healthy life needs a place where they can go for an occasional sanity check.  Many, many people have shared that after reading my posts they feel much, much more sane.  They must mean I am like a therapist or something, right?

Also, this is the last blog post that will have the day count included in the title.  I’m still 99.7% vegan, just not counting the days anymore.  I think you count days when you are in jail waiting to get out.  You don’t see many people counting the days while they are on vacation.  They just sit back and enjoy the experience, hoping it lasts forever.

Whether you are a vegan, a veganaut, a plant based-dieter, a Meatless Monday Mom, or a curious carnivore, I am honored and excited to have you reading along as I share the epic adventures of Jason and the Veganauts.

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33 thoughts on “Day 250: Jason and the Veganauts

  1. Sister Jenn on said:

    I will happily step up and be a veganaut, as long as we don’t ever go boating together. Love this change!

  2. Sister Jenn on said:

    And that golden fleece better be made from recycled bottles.

  3. This is the second time I am saying this today, but “I flippin love you.”
    (the first time was to my breakfast, so don’t go leaving your wife or anything)

    You speak from my mind mister! I thank “the gods” for you and your wonderfully re-named blog!

  4. Great blog, O Supreme Veganaut Leader! I like the new term and the heart behind it. Good luck as you continue on your journey.

  5. Veganaut! What a wonderful word! I’m exactly in the situation that that word describe. WTG!

  6. Somer on said:

    Dude, can I be in the club?

    • No membership requirements at all~ the word is free to all to use as an umbrella of protection against haters. But if there was an entrance exam, you would be able to skip it and get in without a problem~

      • Somer on said:

        Radical. Getting to the post office for you on Monday. It’s been crazy, sorry for the delay!

  7. Laurene Davison on said:

    Love it! Can I be a Veganaut?

  8. You bastard!! I’m only 99.699% vegan!!

    Kha-a-a-a-a-annnnn!!!

  9. Yours is perhaps the best attitude I’ve seen towards veganism I’ve seen. I will proudly stand with the Veganauts, even if our leader is incredibly vain :)

    • Welcome aboard! Don’t I look awesome in my cool Captain’s hat? : )

      Thanks you very much for the kind comments and extra thanks for helping create a community of welcome for people just signing up for the veganaut voyage.

  10. Diane Cockerham on said:

    What a great way to capture the simple frailty of humanity!! Love the term you have embraced and created…. Veganauts

  11. I love your objectivity! And the drama too! Well done – I think we can all learn something from this post. Thanks. ;)

    • Thanks very much! : ) I’m excited to finally feel like I have a category I fit in. I’ve always though of myself as an individual, but a little group identity can be a good thing too. It is a bit of a relief for me.

  12. Jennifer on said:

    excellent term, excellent concept!

    • Thanks Jennifer! Use it often in conversation like a word that’s always existed~ : )

      • Jennifer on said:

        Will do! I’m not stoked about being a “veganist” or a “flexitarian” or “plant-based person,” but I’m already looking forward to wearing a “Veganaut” t-shirt :)

  13. Grace on said:

    I heart your blog! Rock on with your fine self! I will gladly jump on the veganaut band wagon. I’m thinking a theme song is in order. :). Currently I hear the song from the tv show, the greatest American hero. (I don’t think that is the exact title, but hey it is 3:30 am and I have been sleeping on hard motel mattresses for over a week). Blonde dude in 1980′s appropriate tight red super hero suit.

  14. Arlinda on said:

    Like!

  15. Just now catching up on back blog posts that I’ve missed … I love this and the idea of Veganauts. :D

    • I’ll make sure to end you a link when we start selling t-shirts!! : ) I’ve been catching up on your posts as well. It is hard to keep up with all the cool people out there! Cheers!

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