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Vegan Holiday Self-Defense

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HO! HO! HO! Merry Christmas to you all!

It’s the holidays and there are parties that all of us veggie lovers attend! However, as you are about to read, knowing a bit of what I call “holiday self-defense” might not be such a bad idea!

 

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However, that said, some veg lovers avoid these events like the plague, others go to these parties, bringing delicious vegetarian or vegan dishes with them, while a few have experiences like the one I’m about to share. I am sharing this woman’s story because I don’t believe she is alone with her experience. Yesterday, I came across her comment and asked if she would allow me share it with you all. Thankfully, she said yes! Here is what she wrote:

 

Overheard in the bathroom at work while I was apparently stealth peeing (or maybe they didn’t care who was in there):

 

Two ladies discussing the Meat Festival that was our floor party lunch last Friday. Steak (yum!), stuffed chicken breast (sigh of pleasure), etc. Oh, and there was salad and roasted vegetables for the two “vegetarians.” Smirk, eye roll, exasperated sighs (there is a crack in the stall and I saw the whole thing).

 

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First of all, there were not two vegetarians at the party. There was a vegetarian and a vegan. And the poor vegan couldn’t even eat the roasted vegetables because she wasn’t sure if they were roasted in butter or oil.

 

It’s just been a bad week in general. The holidays seem to bring it on. I was questioned at another party as to why I wasn’t trying the lobster casserole. I said I didn’t even eat lobster before I went vegetarian (the whole boiling it alive thing kind of got to me even as a clueless, meat-eating child), and I now don’t eat any seafood as a vegetarian. Duh

 

Then I got the whole “food chain” lecture about the “natural order” and how we’re superior to animals and were put on this earth to eat them. So I said would you eat your cat. Oh, that’s different.

 

Going out tonight to my first ever vegan restaurant experience. No one will ask why I’m not ordering meat – yay!

 

Thanks for letting me vent. Happy holidays!

 

You know this happens, right!? Any of us can find ourselves in one or both of these scenarios! Going vegan or vegetarian, you often become the “odd man out”, so to speak, unless you’re amongst “your own”! So how do you guard against situations like these? Do you take lessons in self-defense and go for a total smack down? (FYI: It is healthy and normal to fantasize about what you would like to do in situations like these! It only becomes “unhealthy” when you act it out! So go for an all out “smack down fantasy” if that’s what it takes!)

 

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All right, if you’ve read my postings or know me in person, you already know that I am not into these kinds of sports or taking people down…unless it’s the meat & dairy industry or corrupt politicians! I wouldn’t mind seeing them leave town! Let’s get back to the topic! What can you do if faced with co-workers, family members or others who want to give you a lecture or be nasty behind your back?

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Well, I don’t think there’s much you can do other than be YOU! The fact is that we can’t change people’s behavior. If they choose to be rude, ignorant and/or disrespectful behind your back…or directly to your face, then that’s on them! Remember, that you are not responsible for their behavior only for your own! I remind my students at school that, “If someone is being mean to you, it’s about them, not about you! A person who feels good about themselves never treats others in such a distasteful manner!” 

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Your most powerful “weapon” against people like these is to bring amazing vegalicious food for them to try! Don’t even mention that it is vegan or vegetarian! Just bring a delicious dish or two. Even better, bake something so mind blowing that it leaves their small brains spinning! Trust me, they will be asking you for the recipes! Other than that, shrug it off, smile, and have fun at the party! It took me a long time to come to the point and say, “These people’s opinions aren’t important! Life is too short! I’m not going to waste it on people who put me down, criticize me, talk about me behind my back – who simply are not kind people!” I’ve even let go of family members who exhibit this undesirable behavior!  So girl friend, kick up your heels and smile…if that doesn’t work, go out to your car and scream loudly! Then return to the party and grab a cocktail or two! YOU deserve it, dear!

 

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Happy Joyous Holidays everyone! 

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Vegan Challenged?

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Feel a bit challenged and wanting to test the waters for going vegan? Asking yourself, where do I start? What do I eat now? Will I starve? Relax and take a deep breath! Get that frown off your face and relax the muscles in your forehead, please! My mother always tells me that this look causes too many wrinkles!

There are a lot of book choices out there, I have certainly been buying up a bunch, but they are not all equally helpful if you are just starting out. I would like to recommend  a few:

“The 30-Day Vegan Challenge” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a great starter! This book has more than 100 recipes, plus she covers just about everything a newbie Vegan can think about and questions you will come up against.

“Cooking with Trader Joe’s – Skinny Dish” by Jennifer K. Reilly, RD. Jennifer cleverly didn’t promote her book as a vegan cookbook, but it is! She’s a nutritionist who sure knows her stuff! I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s so this book has been very helpful and each recipe that I have made has turned out deliciously and they are easy to make!

“The McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in 15 Minutes or Less” is another good one for fast food choices vegan style! The McDougall’s know what they are talking about that’s for sure!

Anyway, I can tell you that I haven’t once gone hungry. I’ve been happily cooking with these books!

A few blogs you might also find helpful, at least I have are:

http://healthygirlskitchen.blogspot.com/

and a fun one called, “What the hell does a vegan eat anyway?” Found on:

http://veganmenu.blogspot.com/

I hope this has helped you a little. Don’t panick…or frown! You’re going to be all right!