Same old, same old?

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Hi, welcome to this week’s edition of tips and tricks for being a vegan while navigating the meaty world we all live in!

This week’s a quickie, so I’ll get right into it…

Same old, same old?

We got to visit my dad last weekend. He’s not vegan, but over the years he’s figured out a few dishes that we like, so it’s a safe bet that we’ll be having one (or sometimes a bit of all) of them on any given visit.

It’s probably that sameness that prompted the question from him this time: “don’t you get tired of eating the same things all the time?

I think he meant in general, not just the “visit recipes,” and it’s a common question from meat eaters that you probably have heard once or twice yourself. Even if it’s not said out loud, there’s this unspoken idea in the meat eating world that there are only about four vegan recipes out there, and we eat them all the time. Or just salad.

I figured it would be good to send out a few responses I’ve used over the years – I hope you find them useful, and let me know if you’ve got any good ones of your own!

“Chicken, beef or fish?” When there’s a dead animal on the plate, there’s not a lot of room for anything else. Don’t meat eaters get tired of eating variations of three basic meals?

“Uhh, I don’t.” In a lot of cities and towns, there aren’t that many vegan options at restaurants, which means there’s a good chance that you dine out less than the average omnivore, which means you cook more, and there are so many great vegan cookbooks out there that it’s pretty easy to go a good long while without any repeats if you want to.”

“So what?” Sometimes it’s not such a bad thing, and there’ve been times where I’ve gone on a “favourite foods” spree of the same dinner many nights in a row. I had brunch yesterday at a diner with lots of vegan options, but I always, always get the same thing, because it’s what I go there for. I don’t know this for sure, but there might even be some kind of nutritional advantage from your body only having to digest one type of food. In any event, repetition can be comforting, and if I want to eat the same thing every day, that really doesn’t have anything to do with veganism.

Whether we do or don’t eat the same thing every day, it’s probably not good to spread the myth. If you pack a lunch and eat with co-workers, make the effort to bring in a variety of different foods every week – and bring a little extra, just in case you’ve got a convert lurking at your table 🙂


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