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I ate cheese and I wasn’t supposed to; troubles of a Vegan

By on March 1, 2017

It’s true, I’m supposed to be Vegan and yesterday afternoon I ate cheese. I didn’t plan on eating cheese. My neighbor came downstairs while I was working and asked to borrow some water because she needed to make pasta and didn’t want to run to the store to buy bottled water. So I gave her what was left in my Britta filtered water and went back to work. About 20 minutes later she came to my door with a beautiful plate of pasta and a smile on her face and said, “Here, this is for you.” I quickly assessed it and didn’t’ see any meat but I did notice the cheese. This happened over the course of maybe 5 seconds but she must have noticed me checking the pasta out because she said, “Oh there’s pepper flakes on top.” I didn’t have the heart to reject her dish that was clearly made in love. So I said thank you and I ate it. I don’t know if I ate it because I was grateful for her love offering or because I was actually hungry and it was lunch time. I suppose I could have saved it for my husband when he got home because he isn’t doing the vegan challenge with me. But then I wouldn’t have been able to respond and tell her that I loved it (I did love it).

So, I ate cheese. It’s the first time I have had a non-vegan meal this month. And to be honest I don’t feel guilty and I’m not beating myself up about not being perfect. In the past I probably would have, but I didn’t. I think that’s a good thing. I was also able to be balanced about it. In the past I also would have turned this one mishap into an entire day of eating whatever I wanted because I screwed up one meal so I may as well screw up the rest. But not this time.

I wanted to share this experience with you in case you are following along and haven’t been perfect. I also wanted to share it with you to get feedback on how you handle rejecting food that someone has made for you out of the kindness of their heart if it doesn’t align with your way of eating. What do you say? How do you handle it in the moment?

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