There have been a lot ☝🏻 firsts for us this year. We’re heading into Grace’s first holiday season! This will also be my first Thanksgiving since going 💚 🌱 .
I went vegan 9 months ago. It was something I had (not openly) thought about doing for years. My turning point happened one sleepless night after I had eliminated dairy from my diet in order to nurse my baby who was having digestive issues), and stumbled upon an eye-opening documentary. For me, it uncovered the power of plant-based diets preventing & reversing disease, corruption behind processes animal food companies and big business/pharma. That night, it was it for me. 👋🏻 .
I’ve been to many potluck dinners, restaurants, vacations and other large groups gatherings over the last 9 months. So this week, leaving for my in-law’s for the week isn’t my first “rodeo.” But it still feels strange, getting ready to celebrate a holiday that, from a commercial standpoint, revolves around serving a “bird,” and all the butter/dairy loaded fixings that accompany it. ❌🦃😔 [Totally not passing judgement on my non-veg friends... hello, I was just there 9 months ago!] I’m just genuinely expressing myself here, in case anyone out there can relate? Maybe you’ve given up wine and you’re going into the holiday unsure of what to expect? .
I guess where I’m going with this post is this: . 💚No matter what your diet or nutrition: Be Kind. Be Accepting. Be Joyful💚 ‘Tis the season! .
We live in an age where there are so many different food aversions: gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, paleo, keto, Kosher, vegetarian. Food is powerful! Your choice is YOUR’S to chose. If you’re invited somewhere and you’re worried about the menu meeting your diet, then politely let the host know about your restrictions ahead of time, and offer to bring your own food (and, bring enough to share). And if you’re hosting, be understanding of your guests’ choices. Yes, you may have spent hours in the kitchen preparing a lasagna tray or casserole, and I bet ppl will find it delicious! But if someone declines the dish, it is not because they don’t value your effort, time or friendship! 🖐