For fourteen years our family ate a mostly-vegan diet. We were house-vegans. We only ate vegan at home but when we visited other people's homes or celebrated family holidays we would eat what people served.
I threw my full-time homemaker efforts into this way of eating. I gestated and birthed two babies on this diet, raised three children from infancy to pre-teen/teen years. Damien and I taught plant-based diet courses in our living to friends. I wrote about it on my blog and published freelance essays and articles for other sources.
And then some stuff happened in our life and I stopped eating this way. But not without a lot of processing the change in my decision along the way. (I don't do much without a lot of processing!)
This series is all about that processing. In this series I dive into:
Food matters, a lot. It matters globally, locally, and individually. It matters in our bodies and in our families. This is my food story, thus far, I invite you around the table to share it.
September 6, 2018
After everything I've written in this series, all the angst and struggle and questions that remain unanswered, eating together with the people I love is one of the highlights of my day, however it happens. Probably because I know these years are fleeting and precious.
September 4, 2018
Unless you are the kind of cook who feels enlivened by the challenge of dietary restrictions and food preferences (I know some people are like this!), cooking for others, whether that's within our families or for guests at our table, can feel burdensome. And if you didn't enjoy cooking much to begin with, this can take the wind right out of your sails.
August 27, 2018
For our shared family supper we eat gluten-free vegan, much like we always have, with addition of non-vegan food on the side if the cook wants it. During the rest of the day everyone is responsible for their own food and we each prepare and eat according to personal conviction, necessary dietary restrictions, budgetary constraints, and desire.
August 23, 2018
How is one supposed to eat and live in this culture? In this age? In spite of writing this series, I'm not actively seeking an answer to that question right now. It hangs in my life as an unknown.
August 21, 2018
With all the options of our North American diet, conflicting scientific data, advertising, and evolutionary biology not caught up with huge societal changes of the agricultural, industrial, and technological revolutions, the message I internalized was this: I can't be trusted to just follow my taste buds or cravings to the best diet. My body will betray me.