Wonder if we kept it a secret. We didn’t offer any explanation or justification at all. We just ate our fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. No thank you to oil, salt or sugar. What? Are you vegetarian? No, this is just what I like. If that were the end of the conversation, would there be a need to police your choices? We have all had the vegan police inform us about our choices. There is nothing on the menu you can eat. You cannot have blank on the buffet because it has dairy. What is wrong with fish anyway?
Have you heard those statements? Who are your friends really looking out for? You don’t hear people calling someone out on a keto diet eating ice cream because they are eating “normal”. The reality is that eating your fruits and vegetables, like your mother said to do, makes people uncomfortable with their own decisions. Come on, live a little. How bad could just a little bit of meat be? You have to die of something. It is too hard to eat this way, and besides, your missing things.
Even smokers don’t try to persuade others to smoke. The World Health Organization says 5 cigarettes cause cardiovascular disease and cancer, so it is ok to have one or two. Join me. That does not occur. Smokers know they are addicted, and it is a hard habit to break. It is a much easier problem to identify. Cigarettes are cigarettes for the most part. They are not red meat, eggs, dairy, oil, and salt all combined to make different items to select. The eggs are hidden in the cake. The sugar and oil are in the pie crust. Everybody eats those things. Your parents fed you those things and encouraged you to eat them.
Most people know that red meat is not good for you, but come on, now and then it is ok? The real problem is abundance. There is abundance of food and choices. We can eat a little of something bad for months on end without ever choosing the same thing. Social media is full of tasty recipes and opinions on studies supporting the Standard American Diet. Don’t ask, don’t tell. Do Cheez*its have cheese in them? How could Goldfish crackers or goldfish be unhealthy? That Alfredo sauce seemed so lite!
The proof is in the chia pudding. It is also in feeling good, having energy, maintaining a healthy lean weight, and not having lifestyle diseases. There are over 40,000 fruits and vegetables to choose when planning a meal. Let’s face it, we plant strong vegans can name and no what to do with more fruits and vegetables than most people have ever heard of. People have to want what you have in order to change. The answer to the vegan police is I am great!. I feel good, and have more energy than I ever have. I am sure what you are doing is working for you as well. If you ever want to give health a go, I am there for you. Be well my friend.