Remembering the Reasons for a Vegetarian Season
Christmas is a season of peace, love and harmony. It’s a time that brings families and friends together to reconnect and find comfort and happiness being together.
It’s also about respect for fellow man, appreciating and embracing one another’s differences.
Vegetarian Christmas Reasons
Take some time over the holiday season to reflect on the reasons for your choice to become vegetarian, and enforce your commitment and dedication to the vegetarian lifestyle.
What reason, or reasons, helped you decide that vegetarianism was the right choice for you?
Was it Economic?
A meat-based diet can be very expensive. Fresh produce bought in season can be very affordable, and can be prepared (dried, canned, frozen) so that it can be enjoyed later in the season.
Was it Ethical?
Did you choose not to eat meat because of the meat processing techniques are incredibly cruel to animals? Do some research on the internet or the library, visit the PETA website, and you’re very likely to find more credible reasoning that affirms your choice.
Was it Environmental?
A vegetarian lifestyle is more environmentally friendly – large ranching operations cause topsoil erosion, coyotes and other natural predators are destroyed routinely to protect herds of cows which are only slaughtered anyway later on, and commercial fishing operations are damaging the ocean’s ecosystems.
Was it to Improve Your Health?
Eating a vegan diet has been shown to be a very healthy lifestyle, as it helps fight heart disease, reduces cancer risks, lowers cholesterol, helps lower blood sugar and reverse the effects of diabetes, lowers the obesity risk, and reduces the risk of osteoporosis, as meat consumption has been shown to promote bone loss.
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Tips for a Vibrant Vegetarian Holiday Filled with Variety
Planning a beautiful yet nutrient-dense, delicious holiday meal for both your meat eating and vegetarian guests can be a little daunting at first, but it can also bring out your creativity!
Many side dishes you make can be easily made vegan, with little difference in taste.
The first step in planning accordingly would be to find out which of your guests are vegetarian, and what kind of vegetarian they are.
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Do they eat eggs or cheese?
If so, you’ll have a few more possibilities. If they don’t, that’s okay, you’ll still have plenty of options to work with.
If you’re new to the vegan lifestyle and aren’t quite sure where to start, ask for some input or help from your vegan guests.
They may have some great recipe ideas, shortcuts, or simple tricks of the trade they can share with you to make your holiday meal preparation go smoothly.
For instance, you can substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth, or simply leave the meat or meat drippings out of vegetables and soups.
This will also cut down on the fat content. It’s also very simple to divide some of the dishes, making one portion meatless, using the same vegetarian ingredients just mentioned.
- Most importantly, keep in mind that the holidays are about peace, love, and understanding.
- With this in mind, please try not to be judgmental of what people you love choose to eat if you are not vegetarian yourself.
- Support your family member or friend’s choice to eat vegetarian.
- Seize the opportunity to learn from them.
Incorporate ideas from a vegan lifestyle into your own to ensure your family is eating a variety nutrient-dense, delicious fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, and nuts at every meal.
just because it’s Christmas, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy many of the same wonderful holiday treats you’ve become accustomed to, as long as they are prepared with your vegan lifestyle in mind.
Breads, cookies prepared with vegetable shortening, egg substitutes, whole grain flours and soymilks, numerous choices for vegetable dishes and salads can all be enjoyed by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike during the holiday!
So remember the reason for the season, reaffirm your reasoning for your life choice, and be proud of it, and of yourself.