I think the word “vegan” can unfortunately bring all of these preconceived ideas about a person. I know this first hand, because Big T and I experienced a failed adoption, and the excuse used by the birth mother was that she wasn’t comfortable with our diet. It made me think long and hard about how much I should share on here, but in the end I decided it’s a big part of my life, so here’s the short version about why I eat the way I do:
While I try to do my best, I think it’s fair to say that I’m technically not a vegan. I do have honey every once in a while, and I know there are probably some things in our house that were made with animal products (shoes, car tires, computers). I use the term vegan because it’s the easiest way to describe the way I eat. I don’t eat any dairy, meat, or eggs, and I try to keep the oil to a minimum. So technically, I follow a plant based diet. I started following a plant based diet about ten years ago. I was having some health issues, and was offered a scholarship for the McDougall Clinic. I had nothing to lose, so I went and followed a plant based diet for ten days, and to my surprise-I felt amazing! I’ve stuck with it ever since because it works for me and my body, and my doctors agree it was a great change. The big question I get is, “don’t you miss all of that good food?” I really don’t! Changing my diet has opened up my eyes to good food! I am giddy if someone presents me with a plate of roasted balsalmic brussell sprouts!
I’m probably the least judgmental plant-based-person you’ll ever meet. My diet was a personal decision, and I write about it on here because it makes me happy and it’s a big part of my life! (side note: Big T is a vegetarian for environmental reasons.)
Big T and I are raising Little T on a plant based diet. This is because he was also born with a few health issues that have since disappeared. His doctor and physical therapist all agree that he’s doing great, so we’re sticking with it until he’s old enough to make his own decisions about food. So far, Little T is a super eater. He loves curry, beet juice, kale, peas, carrots, and is a blueberry fanatic. It makes me happy to see him scarf down good food. 🙂
So that’s everything you ever wanted to know about the way we eat. We try to make all of our own food around here, and I love to share recipes and food pictures. I hope you enjoy it too, and please feel free to e-mail me if you ever have any questions about our lifestyle.