Ahh palm oil, yes it is the same in some cases. For some reason when people ask me about my veganism they suddenly think I’m judging them, which I am not at all.
It’s totally understandable to have food intolerance that make you very limited in your plant-based option. Believe me, my friends are still making big eyes when they realise I still don’t eat corn or peas. And that’s fine.
One thing that veganism made me do is to go out there and explore the world of foods and start cooking. Making my own meals is like exploratory trip to that world. Suddenly I fell in love with lentils, chickpeas, various vegetable soups, amaranth or quinoa salads. And also avocado - before being a vegetarian I have never had it There was just no need.
But even though some people are very strict vegans it doesn’t mean that it’s what we want the world to do. Not yet. Everything is a progress. For some people fake meat options are great transitional foods. I eat them because I like soy nuggets so much, not because I crave chicken. I actually can’t eat soy-based meat substitutes if they smell or taste like meat (yup I developed a natural aversion).
I take my veganism step by step too. Last time I had to buy pair of shoes in Peru but since I’m 6"2’ it wasn’t easy. I opted out to go to Converse, a company I wouldn’t have used before because it was too expensive but now I put my veganism above my need to save a bit of money. They’re not completely vegan (I believe their glue still has animal products) but they were the closest I could find, and in my size.
The point is even if you reduce your meat intake you are already helping the world, and the animals. Of course for us it’s easy to say that we would like it to stop 100% and we will be hoping for that for as long as we live but realistically we take even the tiniest victory.
I met this lady on a plane from Colombia to US. She was moved to the seat next to me because her seat belt didn’t work. We talked for 3 hours and at one point we started talking about veganism. She said she wanted to at least try it but her grown-up kids own a very meat-heavy restaurant. I actually became her “vegan couch” so that she can try some vegan recipes at home. But she wanted to at least limit the intake.
Anyway, apologies for a long post, but you’re right not to sacrifice your health. At the same you are already aware of all those things vegan, which is great first step. Even if you choose to limit your palm oil intake - you’re already helping what veganism stands for - equality for all animals, and we’re grateful for that!