“So what do you eat?”
This is my favorite question that people ask. I love talking about what I eat. I love talking about recipes. I love sharing nutritional information. I just really love food. And talking.
I do not however, love talking about my dietary label. More often than not when I discuss food with others, they want to know my label. They want to know ‘what’ I am.
This is a tough question to answer. I’m not a huge fan of labels, as there can be a lot of grey area with them. But I’ll do my best to explain the label I choose for myself. Here it goes…
I don’t cook with animal products, but occasionally I add dairy to my hubby’s dish if he’s asked for it. I cook most nights, but we love going out to dinner for date night on Fridays. And let’s be real, the last thing I want to do on a Friday night is cook! When I order, I avoid dairy and eggs and absolutely won’t order meat. Sometimes ordering a meal that may have been prepared with minuscule amounts of dairy and/or eggs is unavoidable. The vegetarian restaurant scene isn’t exactly a huge thing in our small town!
So how do I label myself?
For simplicity’s sake, yes, I call myself vegan. But in everyday real life, I’m just someone who eats consciously.
When I eat, I’m conscious of my health. How will the food I choose to consume impact my health (and the health of my family)?
When I eat, I’m conscious of the health of our planet. How will the food I choose to purchase impact the health of the planet we call home?
When I eat, I’m conscious of the lives of others. How will the food I choose to put in my mouth impact the lives of other animals (including other humans)?
Am I a perfect vegan? No. Absolutely not. But I’m working damn hard to be the best vegan I can be each and every day. And if I can influence one other person to eat a few more veggies and less animal products in the process, that is enough for me.