December 18, 2010
This evening I am going to a girlfriends house for a Holiday party – ‘Tis the season! I’m looking forward to the party, of course, because it’s with a great group of ladies, and it’s always a good time when we get together. The only problem (for me), is that my friend told me ahead of time that I probably want to bring my own food, since she doesn’t know what to feed me. Uhhh… déjà vu, anyone? This is the same thing my other friend said to me before her dinner party last night.
I just have to wonder, is this what it’s going to be like? Any time I go to a friend’s house for dinner, they aren’t going to have a clue what to feed me? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I get it. It is a hassle when you have a friend with a “special” diet. My oldest brother and his entire family eat a vegetarian diet. So I’ve seen first-hand what happens when they come for a visit. My parents always struggle with what to feed them, so they typically end up making all their own meals. But it still surprises me that if you eliminate meat, eggs, and dairy, people act like “What’s left? What else is there?!” Is that really what we’ve come to? Forget about whole grains, pasta, beans, legumes, nuts, fruits, and vegetables? Without animal byproducts we all starve?
I just had no clue going in, that switching to a vegan diet was going to cripple people in the kitchen. I guess I need to get used to bringing my own meals with me. We’ll see how that goes. It does make me nervous, I won’t lie, because I know whenever something becomes a pain or a hassle to stick with, people often don’t. However, on the flip side, that makes me think of one of my favorite Jon Stewart quotes: “If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”