Sorry, I didn't mean she should be deathly ill before making a change, but we don't know what kind of vegan she was before this. Did she eat the right foods, was she taking B12, was she eating all processed foods, etc. I just think there are a lot of vegans who could change their diet for the better. We see it all the time on this site, people saying that they feel something out of whack and we all comment on what vegan thing they could do to help it. This is no different. Most people on this site don't say "okay, try an egg." They know that people really want a vegan answer first before going back to vegetarian as a last resort. She didn't say anything about trying to find a vegan answer and she certainly doesn't look like she is ill. Nor did she mention that it was something she thought would affect the baby. I don't hate her or think that she is an awful person now, I just am disappointed. She absolutely has a right to do whatever she wants to do just as we have the right to have opinions. I'm sorry though, I will never think wanting a cupcake or a cookie is enough to justify condoning the abuse of animals. If you are in this for the ethical reasons (which she is) and you have exhausted your options to do it a vegan way and can't stay healthy then fine. But I'm sorry, baked goods?? Come on people, Dani gave us a recipe for chocolate chip cookies with oreos in the middle! Give me a break!
While my first reaction was to be shocked and disappointed, I feel hypocritical pointing the finger at anyone else. You see, when I was pregnant (all three times) I went from ovo-lacto vegetarian to omni during the pregnancy. Do I regret it? Very very very much... but those hormones really do mess with you, even with your thought processes and there are some things you choose while pregnant and look back on with major regret. It should have been the time of life when I was extra vigilant about my diet, but each time I slipped and have only myself to blame for the consequences. Weight gain was a much bigger problem for me than it would have been as a vegetarian/vegan. I went vegan 1yr8mos ago, when my baby was 2. Perhaps N.P. will look back with regret as well and return to her commitment to a vegan life. But it really is her choice.
I don't understand why you say she was never vegan Ragdolly? She was vegan for the two years before her pregnancy - are you saying that's null and void now that she's eating eggs and dairy? I'm sure she's well aware of the delicious vegan sweets out there - I actually didn't even have a sweet tooth before I became vegan and then I discovered a new found love for baked goods and desserts. I totally agree that vegan tastes and simply is better. However, perhaps she wanted desserts that simply can't be veganized - there are a few particularly involving egg whites. The only sweet thing I liked when I was omni was pistachio french macarons and they definitely can't be veganized with any success.
I'm not making excuses for Nat but I think it's a little unfair to say she was never vegan. Yes, we all get cravings for things non-vegan but I'm holding all judgement until I become pregnant myself. Until I'm in that position and have a succesful vegan pregnancy then I feel it is completely inappropriate to lambast the girl.
^Well yeah I was probably too hard on her by saying that. I'm that way to myself. A few months ago I was craving dairy v badly. I was prepared to say I was never really a vegan and just eat some cheese, but I got through it, but I wasn't preg either.
When I first read the headlines I thought OMG she ate meat, but was relieved that she was just a vegetarian. I didn't even know she was vegan TBH.
I think vegans need to appreciate lacto-ovo vegetarians a little more than we do sometimes.
If someone says they are vegan at home and vegetarian outside the home, they aren't vegan. If she'd said she was vegan but knew that sometimes animal products will be in foods and she doesn't realize it, but tries to avoid animal products to the best of her ability, she would be vegan.
If I abstained from animal products at home, but ate egg omlettes and cheese pizzas at restaurants and friends' houses, I would be a vegetarian.
What she said indicates to me that she didn't feel like being vegan outside her home, so she ate eggs/dairy. How a celebrity with unlimited resources and money "can't control" whether the food she eats has animal products, but thousands of regular people with limited budgets (and who often live in rural areas with little access to specialty items) are able to avoid animal products 99% of the time is beyond me.
I'm not too heartbroken, since I consider her to still be a vegetarian. I just wish she hadn't announced her quitting veganism; it would have been better if she'd announced that she would remain vegetarian throughout her pregnancy.