The effect of telling relatives that you have become a vegetarian when planning holiday food choices is about as popular as suggesting they not cook the meal at all. Questions immediately arise about what can be eaten by a vegetarian, why this choice of vegetarianism has been made in the first place, and if you can’t just “change back” for the holidays for the sake of the family! To someone unacquainted with vegetarian meal strategies, it is like dropping a poisonous bomb on the preparations. In reality, the vegetarian can eat lots of wholesome, tasty foods that can easily be incorporated into a larger menu with the majority of those in attendance remaining unaware of the “special” foods. And with just a little more care with your menu choices, you can be a vegan, a type of vegetarian who doesn’t eat meat or use any animal products in diet or other items such as shoes.
It is possible to create vegetarian menus which contain all of the necessary vitamins, minerals and protein usually enjoyed in a non-vegetarian meal. Many foods contain protein; certain vegetables have reasonable amounts, and dried beans have enough protein that when combined with rice or wheat, offer as much usable protein as meat does.
Once you have been successful eating as a vegetarian, try being a vegan for increased health and to reduce the size of your “carbon footprint” on the earth—the overall impact that you as a living, breathing human will have on the overall health of the planet. Beginning a vegan lifestyle will also begin a new, healthy chapter in your life!
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