Quite a few months ago TRMom decided to embrace a switch from vegetarian to vegan. The decision was 20% political and 80% dietary. The main push was that TRMom just wasn’t feeling well and wanted to try and figure out why.
And it worked! We finally discovered after years of exploration that TRMom can’t digest carrageenan. (If anyone else suffers from a similar fate, please share as TRMom feels rather isolated.) Many new and delicious vegan foods were uncovered, and many new recipes tested out. And the dedication to vegan eating helped her drop a few pesky pounds while feeling better overall.
But TRMom isn’t 100% happy being a vegan. It is restrictive in a way that is hard to currently balance. And life is too short to suffer through something entirely under your own control. TRMom has decided to be a “mostly-vegan.”
And not to feel bad about it.
This means that she won’t actively avoid dairy products or eggs. If there is a veggie burger on a menu, that is good enough for TRMom. There won’t be a five minute ask and response with the server on whether or not the veggie burger has cheese or eggs in the recipe.
And if TRMom feels like ordering a slice of pizza, then bring it on. But there won’t be any compromises with vegetarianism. The choice she made to not eat meat has been holding over three decades long and is a true part of what defines TRMom.
No matter what your dietary choices from Vegan to Kosher to Meat lover, it should make you happy. As with most things in life, moderation can be the key to successful change and happiness. TRMom looks forward to maintaining a lot of her vegan ways- just not exclusively. And that is the right thing for her at this point.