In scheme of things I’m pretty new to this plant-based lifestyle. I like to think I became more concerned about food choices shortly after my son was born over 12 years ago. I knew not to eat too much junk food, eat more fruits and vegetables, and avoid chemicals and additives. It wasn’t until about 5 years ago that I became aware of GMOs (genetically modified foods) and their impact on health that I got serious about healthy food choices. After that, I wanted to consume all there was to know about natural living and healthy eating and that’s when I found the plant-based lifestyle. All the science behind it blew my mind and I immediately got rid of all the meat in our house, cheese soon followed. That was over a year and a half ago.
What I want to share with you today is that it gets easier, but it is still sometimes hard. I make mistakes. I am not perfect; no one is. There is still so much to learn and it takes some work to find foods that meet our needs. Let me give you this example, I have been buying these dark chocolate chips from Walmart for a few months now. They are delicious. My husband consumed them like…candy? Spoiler alert: there isn’t a happy ending to this story. We were camping with some fellow plant-based friends, when we added some chocolate chips to our s’mores. Our friend read the label thinking, “Wow, something I can eat!” He discovered milk in the ingredients. Nope, it wasn’t written in tiny little letters or required secret spy ink to read…it was right there in plain sight. I was so mad at myself. How did I miss that in the ingredients? I can only think that because it was “dark chocolate” I naively assumed it did not contain milk, WRONG!
I was disappointed in myself knowing that my family counts on me to make good decisions. They trust my decisions and don’t question what I bring home. But I took a deep breath and forgave myself. I AM NOT PERFECT and nor do I strive to be. I make mistakes, but I learn from them. I will never again assume dark chocolate is dairy free or anything else for that matter!
What I want you to take from this is do NOT worry about being perfect! We all make mistakes (and lots of them!!). That’s how we learn. One mistake (or two or three) does not sabotage an entire diet or healthy body. It’s when we give up because we put too much pressure on ourselves that we fall back into bad habits and poor decisions. Just know that we are in this together and we can learn from each other; that none of us has this all figured out. We are shooting for progress over perfection.
Peace, Love, Plants,
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