Around here every day is Meatless Monday. Right now we are bursting at the seams with CSA vegetables, garden vegetables and local market vegetables, not to mention Portuguese Water Dogs.
That is just SO much of a good thing!
I think many vegans would agree we often describe our diets in terms of what we DON’T eat. Unfortunately, this only draws a negative response.
Vegan says: “I don’t eat eggs or butter.”
Non-vegan thinks: (She’s weird.)
Vegan says: “I don’t eat cheese.”
Non-vegan thinks: (She’s from a different planet. Not the moon, though, which is made of cheese.)
Vegan says: “I don’t eat red meat, chicken or fish.”
Non-vegan thinks: (She’s no fun at parties, especially barbecues.)
It’s difficult to make friends. I recommend, if you’re vegan and you’re trying to make friends, avoid introducing yourself like this:
“Hi, I’m Susan and I don’t eat meat.”
(Especially if your name isn’t Susan.)
Try emphasizing the POSITIVE! Say:
“Hi, my name is Susan and I eat plants!”
(OK, that’s REALLY strange. Don’t do that!)
Try not to mention your diet at all.
Maybe, occasionally, only if people ASK, share recipes. Start a blog! Never lecture. Smile. Enjoy your dinner. Here’s an example:
We were out on the porch last night.
We ate leftovers from the night before mixed with things we just made. The strawberries from Weaver’s Orchard were slightly past prime, so they were finger food. They didn’t last long. (The cook kept eating them.)
Green beans from our garden tossed with walnut-arugula pesto:
I liked it, and I like you.
Please be my friend.