I'm putting this on Veganista, so I thought I'd share with you, too!
Sometimes Matt and I catch flack for our diet choices. When most people find out that we eat a plant-based whole foods diet, they think we're stinky hippies. That, and they don't understand why we do what we do. But always, there is the inevitable question that makes me want to scream: "But, if you don't eat meat, how do you get enough protein?". It's not their fault, they have bought into what years of Western overeating has preached. This is extremely annoying to Matthew and me.
I was told by someone who had never researched or done so much as to read one article about plant-based diets that I was unhealthy. Really? Every time my blood pressure is taken people are astonished, I'm not skin and bones, heck, I eat a TON, and my body glows from the inside out. I'm perfectly fine. Maybe you should read a little more...
And there is always the, "What are you going to do when you get pregnant?". Ummm, DUH. If I think this diet is best for me, and I want the best for my child, I'm going to continue eating healthy. Maybe a little more soy ice cream than normal, but what gives? Vegan moms produce healthier birthweight babies and typically have an easier birth (especially if moderate exercise was included during pregnancy).
As for my children, ah, yes. This is tricky. You want the best for your kids, right? But you also want them to make their own choices. So we've decided on raising our children as vegans. When they procure their own money they may spend it on whatever they want. If it's a cholesterol filled burger, so be it. That's their money, not mine. They are affecting their own health, not mine.
My Twink, aka Sarah Flory, recently posted this infographic on Pinterest, and it actually led me to the post. Click HERE!
A big shout out to my parents who laughed when I became a vegetarian in high school, rolled their eyes when I joined PETA, but always supported my decision. Thanks for putting up with me when I won't eat things you labored over (the roast and veggies looked and smelled great, but they were marinated with the meat...sorry!), and for listening to me when I rag you about a plant-based diet (Dad). But most of all, thanks for being proud of me for daring to be a little out there. LOVE YOU!