“Do you have an issue with honey? Sylvie – answer! Do you or don’t you?” This is what the voice in my head in charge of taking my eating habits to the next level has been asking me for a couple of weeks now. The thing is that vegans don’t eat honey. They don’t eat anything that comes from animals, whether it comes from its flesh, its milk, its poop (ever hear of Kopi Luwak?)… You get the point. And honey is in the category of something that comes from an animal. A little wee bee animal.
Today, I was so very lucky to find myself in a super awesome workshop held by Meghan Telpner, a very cool Nutritionist/Holistic Lifestyle Consultant (and she has the BEST blog – check out Making Love in the Kitchen!) She was showing me and a group of 10 others how to get ourselves organized to prepare healthy food, and as she was making one of the yummy dishes we ate during the afternoon, she asked “Who here is vegan?” and I, after thinking for a split second, piped up and said “I am!”. She was just about to put some honey in with the other ingredients and then I realized why she was asking. It seems I had made my decision – I’m cool with honey, and I told her so.
On the way home, I thought about this and the reasons I decided to turn to veganism in the first place. Here is the Coles Notes (which are like Cliff Notes for Canadians!) version: I’ve been trying to eat healthier over the years, I have sensitivities to wheat and dairy, and, the biggest factor of all – I got a nudge from the Universe on it. There are a lot of textbook reasons to do it, to not do it, but for me, it comes down to the fact that I think that this type of lifestyle will make me healthier, happier and more receptive to things. What these “things” are, I’m not sure, but I have no doubt that the Universe will surprise me with some “thing” very interesting when I get there.
So there we go. If I’m doing this based on a gut feeling, and I feel like honey is ok, than so be it. My new blog friend Mary talked in a post last week about her “good enough lasagna” which was just fine by her. After rolling this situation around in my head for a while (careful to avoid the sleeping hamsters) I thought that maybe, I’m a “good enough vegan”. I might not be following the textbook word for word, but it’s just fine by me.
Now that I have this afternoon’s workshop behind me, and another 6-class program coming up with Meghan in a few weeks, I’m feeling very inspired! I’m still using my new cookbook and now I’m even, get this – improvising. Scary, I know! But today, I made, in my humble opinion, the best-ever butternut squash soup ever! Now this is pretty important – never ever has “the best I’ve had in my life” anything come out a kitchen where I was the cook. But this was good! And lucky for me and the Acadian, there is lots leftover.
Another surprising thing that I wasn’t expecting was how much non-vegans or non-vegetarians (let’s just call you all meat-eaters, just for fun!) have been liking things that I have made. The Acadian has been cool with everything so far, and my friend Mr. Sparky even requested the recipe for the brownies I made last week. This is good! I was worried that no one would want to try anything and that people would never ever come visit me at home again, but this is a good sign!
But the biggest of all miracles – I’m off the coffee! It seems a nudge is all it took. Other times in my life where I tried to stop for logical reasons – like when I was trying to get pregnant in what seems like a past life, or when I did a food sensitivity diet – I’m sorry to say, but I was just a miserable (and very grumpy) suck. But now, I’m all good! I still drink a cup of tea with some caffeine in the morning, but you know, that’s good enough too! Thank you Nudge Therapy!
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