Friday, March 18, 2011

Vegan Day 12

I have to confess that I am not able to keep to a 100% vegan diet. I think what really threw me for a loop was the fact that I already have so many other "food rules." My biggest one? Buy local. I have said before how lucky I am to have such an amazing winter and summer CSA available to me, not to mention the AWESOME Farmers' Market in my little city. But, I can't always buy what I need to be vegan. Obviously nuts are not something I can buy locally, and although I could buy local organic tofu (who knew people were growing soy beans in Maine?), I have some issues with soy that I can't seem to get around. So for protein, that doesn't leave too many options. Yes, veggies have protein, and beans have protein, but do I want to rely on vitamins in order to make sure I get enough B-12, and whatever else I may be missing? Or would it be better for me to go to the farm and buy some eggs from the chickens my daughter loves to play with?

I believe that if I was able to let go of the "local diet" that I have been pushing on myself for so long, being vegan would be much easier. But, I can't seem to do it. I have read too many books and seen too many documentaries about food. So instead, I am trying to eat mostly fruit and veggies that are local, and adding in the occasional egg here and there, and I am ok with it.

Does it mean that I have totally failed the 30 Day Vegan workshop before the halfway point? I don't think so. Heather has offered a lot of great information about food, about being a vegan, a great community of people. She has stressed whole foods, which is awesome. I then take the information and recipes and have to adapt them to what we have available, and I think that is ok. I am still learning a lot, and I think that we will still have many vegan meals, but having a piece of fish or eggs is ok. At least for me. What do you think? Did I give up too easily? Should I have tried harder to let go of my "local" attitude?

1 comment:

  1. I think you have the right idea! LOCAL is the way to go, in my opinion. I think it's great that you are learning, trying new things and taking it all in. From there, making a meal plan and lifestyle that fits you and your philosophies. Great job!


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