Happy Holidays Plant Slant Journey Followers,
Well, we made it to another Holiday season, which is actually our 1st as Plant Slant Journey.
How do you handle the big family get togethers while trying to maintain your healthy lifestyle? Do you have a plan or do you going in blindly? If you have been following us, then you know planning is key whether it is planning your menu for the week, snacks for work or grocery shopping. It is really no different here.
Our advice is to be the best version of yourself as possible given the situation. As an example, my wife Barbara is a flexitarian, meaning she eats some seafood and some egg whites. I, on the other hand, am a vegan. This will be my first Christmas as a vegan. While others in the family will have shrimp cocktail and a nice roast, I will make a vegan meal for all to try. We plan to split some of the sides and veganize them. For instance, we will make a healthy version of mashed potatoes without milk and butter and ask our family to try some of each. We will do the same for some other sides as well. I will be honest and tell you that I will have some of my mom’s delicious desserts like apple pie and cookies and they do have eggs and butter in them. I am not going to beat myself up over it. There will be hard core vegans that will not agree with me. I will limit my sweet intake and not overdue it. I may have a couple of cookies over the next couple of days as we are traveling and staying with family. I will eat my “normal” plant-based foods for all of my meals. I will not eat meat or seafood due to my compassion for all living things, but that is me. Everyone’s situation is different.
That is my story, but what about you? Again, we would tell you to be the best version of yourself as possible based on the situation. If your family has some “food” traditions that you can’t live without, then don’t! The way we look at it is there are 21 typical meals in a week. If you venture off your lifestyle for a meal or 2, that’s fine. The trick is to plan to limit your indulgence to just a meal or two, not a day or two. The longer you stray off your path, the harder it is to get back on.
Share some of your plant-based favorites with your family and friends. It is an opportunity to show off what you have learned since maybe the last time they saw you. It is also a good idea to plan a couple of meals for after the holidays to get you back on track. A good way to guarantee success is to make a couple of meals ahead of time and put them in the freezer. We all know it will still be hectic after the holidays, so having the benefit of a couple of meals already prepared makes your life easier and healthier. Give it a try!
From Barbara and Doug at Plant Slant Journey, we wish you and your family a Safe and Happy Holiday!
Enjoy the Journey!