The major benefit of trying new things and exploring other “worlds”is meeting people and expanding your circle of friends. I sat down with one of these new friends to discuss our upcoming presentation. She went over what she was going to say, I went over what I was going to say and BAMMM…with in just a few minutes, before my smoothie even arrived, she was disagreeing with my view of how to eat a plant-based diet. This has happened to me twice now in just the last three weeks! To quote Mr. Rodney King, who was horrendously beaten in front of our eyes, “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids? . . . “(quote from The Quote Verifier). STOP BEATING ME UP, FELLOW VEGANS!!!!!
My quest to gain health has been a journey beginning about thirty years ago. I have been blessed by becoming an adult in the late sixties where eating clean and wholesome was beginning to be a trend. I had my fifth child in the mid-eighties and was hypnotically encouraged to follow “Sandy,” otherwise known as Olivia Newton John, right into a sweat band, shiny leotards and aerobics. I started running and unknowingly became a vegetarian. My quest to feed my flock and a very picky husband was daunting! “Where’s the ketchup?”my hot-dog-eating husband would ask. “ I threw it all away!”I would answer with pride and an upturned chin. “Why?”he would forlornly inquire, “Because, would you believe, it contains SUGAR!”Needless to say, I was replacing that bottle of sugar in just a few days. I was feeding five children and one big one, remember. The man loves hot dogs!
Fortunately, I don’t give up easily and I have raised healthy and happy children who try to eat well and are now feeding their children hummus for a snack. I can honestly say, as a young mom, I ground my own wheat and made them whole-wheat pancakes for breakfast. Sometimes I put ice cream on their oatmeal because I read that that would combine the sugar and the milk, enticing children to eat their porridge! I didn’t know then what I know now. It’s a journey. [Read more...]