Our food choices are deeply personal. They tell the story of who we are, where we come from, what we like, and how we engage with the world. Food is history, memory, culture, family, tradition.
If you’re a vegan, your food choices reflect your values. You want to be healthy and you want to the planet to be healthy. You stand for making kind and conscious choices.
When you’re a vegan or vegetarian, a curious thing happens. Your presence can bring out people’s defenses, and bring up some pretty strong emotional responses. And since the plant-friendly person is the one challenging the status quo, fair or not, the onus will likely fall to them to hold space for those emotional reactions.
If you’re going to live an inclusive life, it starts with being vulnerable. You have to honor and hear everyone’s story and share your story with your whole heart.
It can feel isolating when your dietary choices are not the same as those around, and this is especially true for veg-friendly folks. But it doesn’t need to be this way.
You don’t have to choose between your values and your social life. Everyone can connect over delicious, plant based food.
When creating meals together, the trick is to focus on what you can eat, not what you can’t or won’t eat. No matter what allergies, intolerances, diets or anxieties might be present, it is possible to break (sometimes gluten-free) bread over an abundant, delicious vegan table.
Inclusive cooking is not about trying to please every person, but it is about showing your loved ones that vegan food can be shared and enjoyed by everyone, no matter what their dietary persuasion.
Let’s dispel the myth right now that veganism is a radical, restrictive diet. Plant based food is just food. You don’t need to give up any of the joys of cooking or eating when you eat vegan.
And it’s healthful, too. We can get all the nutrients we need from whole plant foods. And when you eat vegan, you support not only your own health, but advocate for the health of our environment, our animals, and our farm workers.