Happy Christmas everyone!
As I enter into my first vegan Christmas, I was reminded of an experience I had earlier in the week.
On Tuesday, we went to Bearnos Pizza with our entire department for a Christmas lunch.
Now, this place has a menu, but mostly everyone just gets the buffet, so I just went with it. I had two big plates of salad and veggies and was hoping for some spaghetti with marinara but it ended up being baked penne pasta with cheese so I had to pass.
This is where the interesting thing came in…I half way thought about having an “off” day and eating some veggie pizza. I took some time to think about it and thought about how much it would hurt my stomach, especially since I haven’t had dairy in almost 3 months.
By the time I had all those conversations in my head, I wasn’t even hungry anymore! I had filled up on salad and veggies, plus two plain breadsticks.
As we were leaving, instead of feeling deprived or upset about my lack of options, I actually felt really good about my choices and my commitment to eating a vegan diet for my health and my body.
I think it is great to get put in situations like these because it is a really good test of how committed you are and how you handle tough food situations.
Whether you just try to eat healthier or you have specific dietary concerns, I believe everyone goes through this once in a while. And whether you find it was a positive or negative experience, it’s all a learning experience which in the end is a good thing.
How do you handle challenging food situations? Are you ever tempted to eat something you usually avoid?