1/14/2013

My Not So Vegan, Vegan Diet

Victory Garden
"I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one hundred percent."
-Horton
Though I may not be an ungulate, I feel that many give out there word to freely. If I say I'm going to do something, I damn we'll mean to do it.
This is where I tend to take issue with New Years resolutions. People aren't practical and honest with themselves. They set these lofty goals that are great in theory, but not at all feasible for the individual. I may want to summit Everest and get at least a 3.0 this semester, but I don't have the capacity to do both.

This is what bring us to my 2013 New Years resolution, my 'not so vegan, vegan diet'.
After a bit of reading, on the health benefits side of things, I decided that it was a wise decision to drastically reduce the animal based products in my diet.
The issue is... Well, I'm a Super Omnivore. I will literally try anything, as long as it won't make me (too) sick.
When I travel or I'm in another's home, I find it a bit inconsiderate to put ones self induced food restrictions upon your host. If you're allergic to shellfish or gluten or nuts, that's one thing, but inconveniencing someone who is already going out of there way to feed you... I just can't do it.
Also, I just hate menus, and more even more so ordering at restaurants.

With all that said, here's the rules to the diet.
I am to:
Serve myself an animal product free, whole foods diet (basically, vegan).
Eat whatever is served to me, when someone's guest for a formal meal, or when on a formal date.
At a Home or Buffet: Take an appropriate portion of all dishes served.
With a Waitstaff: Ask them to, 'Please, surprise me.' As I've been doing for about two years now.
Food served to the table or another in the party is allowed to be consumed.
Leftovers are also alright.

It's taken me a couple of weeks or so to iron out these exact guidelines. Rules that I know that I can abide by and, thus far, have stayed within.

To a wonderful (and somewhat meatless) 2013!

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