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So my parents like to know just about everything. They would probably like to know everything but hey, yeah, too bad old people. lol I of course let them know about upcoming vegan swap. Especially if by describing the yummy stuff I have planned to make I can convince them to eat less processed foods too so I can keep them around a little longer. But they're old and well...ditzy.

Last night Mom was telling me about how they went to Ma Wilson's. Well, the real name of the place is Mom Wilson's Country Sausage. We've gone there for years and they have the BEST pickles. They also used to have yummy cracked corn and amazing super sticky popcorn balls. But what they're obviously really known for is their sausage and other pork products which granted, are pretty delicious. Last night she was telling me that their souse wasn't ready yet. She was alluding to the fact that she might want to try to send me some but I reminded her that after the beginning of the year, I won't be eating it. Souse...if you're not up on it is also called head cheese made from parts of the pig and stuck together with aspic.

Even though we've had the conversations that I won't be doing eggs, or dairy, evidently it didn't sink in that I wouldn't be eating meat...of any kind. She was all shocked and was asking me what I would even be able to eeeeeat. Uh...veggies? Grains? Pasta? Rice? Beans? Seeds? Nuts? Fruit? Basically allll kinds of stuff I already love that doesn't happen to be meat. Not rocket surgery. It's no big deal so fret not.

I'm sure in January, coworker Elaine is going to get the vapors because I won't be ordering pizza with her. Considering that she drives me up the wall when it comes to ordering lunch with her, I'm glad to have the reason not to order pizza (not like she's going to get it sans cheese). But I predict that she'll be putting on a performance worthy of needing a fainting couch because of how HAWWWAD it would be FOR HER if she had to try to give up meat or dairy. Yeah, not about you, babe. Hell, she acts like a dumbass when you even suggest ordering food  from some place with any semblance of health regardless of whether it has meat or not. It's like she has some sort of childish stubborn streak. It's also why she still looks like she's 9 months pregnant several years after her last child (no, really. Someone asked her the other day when she was due). She also still has an abdominal hernia after getting it surgically repaired. Gurl, don't worry about what I'm eating. Worry about what you are.

But I don't get it. I'm not preaching and I won't. (Ok, I would like the parents to eat a bit better but unless I'm there, I can only have so much impact). Why does it mean jack squat to you that I'll be all about the veg? I don't get it.

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threecee
Dec. 6th, 2018 09:22 pm (UTC)
I don't understand it either, but learning that someone is vegan, vegetarian, or even semi-vegetarian is very upsetting to a lot of people.

I'm only pesco-lacto-ovo vegetarian (which is not really vegetarian to most vegetarians), so I can fly under the radar when I eat out with people. However, once my co-workers, with whom I had been going out for a monthly girls night out for a couple years, found out that I didn't eat meat, a couple of them started a whole campaign to make me eat it. Suddenly we had to go to steak houses or BBQ places where I was stuck with a salad bar if that. Lots of nagging and ridiculous arguments too.
missdiane
Dec. 7th, 2018 12:00 am (UTC)
I don’t get why it threatens people so much. Or why they feel the need to mock someone. Now a preachy loud vegan yelling at someone is another thing. It’s not like people mock someone with a food allergy so why a food preference?

Your coworkers were assholes. If I start getting that, I won’t be quiet in telling them to piss off.
threecee
Dec. 7th, 2018 03:50 pm (UTC)
I like to hope it is guilt for eating meat. Probably isn't. but I like to think it.

Yes, my co-workers did act like assholes in other ways too. We got along great for three or four years and they were very tolerant and sympathetic when I had to miss a lot of time to take care of my parents. We went out together once a month.

Then, after my father died, they suddenly realized that I was a vegetarian (had been the whole time they knew me). I was also offensive for being an only child. My obnoxious spoiled only child behavior hadn't been apparent for the previous four years they worked closely with me. They only figured it out after no siblings turned up for Dad's funeral.
missdiane
Dec. 7th, 2018 04:03 pm (UTC)
I hope it is guilt and that it bugs the hell out of them. Man...and I thought my coworkers were assholes. Yours take the cake.

What does you being an only child have to do with anything? I guess they'd likely think I'm whiny because I'm the quintessential middle kid.

I'm mentally slapping those bitches, btw. Grr.
threecee
Dec. 6th, 2018 09:42 pm (UTC)
Advantages to veganism:
1. Don't have to eat souse.
missdiane
Dec. 7th, 2018 12:04 am (UTC)
LOL I’ll admit that Ma Wilson’s souse is actually strangely good. But I can most certainly live without it. However if Mom wants to send me some of their amazing pickles, I won’t complain.

I was telling Mom that if potatoes don’t bother me (found out lately I can’t eat fries but I don’t know if it’s the oil or the potato bugging my stomach), that a yummy meal will be a baked potato with steamed broccoli, earth balance butter, fresh chopped chives, etc. She actually said that it sounded really good.

If they lived here, I would cook them nightly meals. I wish they were.
amethyst_witch
Dec. 7th, 2018 04:51 am (UTC)
Oh man, I know what you mean. I was veg for 2 years and it was often infuriating to deal with my family about it. I don't know why it was such a huge deal for all of them when it was absolutely nothing to me *shrugs* I just brought a lot of (hearty) salads to things.

Excited for you in Jan! ^_^
missdiane
Dec. 7th, 2018 12:46 pm (UTC)
It's interesting how folks don't seem to care much about what you eat until you decide to go veg/vegan. Then all of a sudden they're gravely concerned or offended or experts on nutrition. *eyeroll*

Thanks! I'm so so hoping that it can get me off meds and help my creaky joints!
amethyst_witch
Dec. 7th, 2018 04:30 pm (UTC)
*LOL* EXACTLY girl exactly. Like, ya'll didn't a shit when I was a teen and ate nothing but fast food and potato chips, but I go vegetarian and they all suddenly think I'm gonna die?? I was healthier than I'd ever been!!!!! *lol*!
missdiane
Dec. 7th, 2018 04:35 pm (UTC)
It's 'cause they wuz JEALOUS!
amethyst_witch
Dec. 7th, 2018 04:37 pm (UTC)
TRUTH! Get ready for that on your end now! Yaaay *LOL*
spiffikins
Dec. 7th, 2018 05:04 am (UTC)
Yeah I don't understand why people get so upset at other people who are quietly doing their own thing - whether it's vegan, vegetarian, or "I only eat pickles" - as long as they aren't proselytizing and trying to convince me that pickles are the ONLY VALID FOOD OPTION - you do you!

Personally, I have no particular interest in eating vegan-only or vegetarian-only - but I'm also not going to try to convince someone that they MUST eat cheese or meat.

Now if you're someone I care about, and you are truly choosing a pickles-only diet - I would express concern about your health :)

amethyst_witch
Dec. 7th, 2018 12:27 pm (UTC)
"I only eat pickles."

*LOL*

I want to meet this person ^_^
missdiane
Dec. 7th, 2018 12:47 pm (UTC)
Can't say I've met any rabid pickletarians. ;)

Well, I'd be getting vitamin C from the vinegar so I wouldn't get scurvy! lol
spiffikins
Dec. 7th, 2018 04:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but the salt would do you in :(

My friend really likes dill pickles - he would have a big one with his sandwich for lunch. Then he got gout - seriously - and his doctor said "cut out the salt" - and he can't have pickles any more.
amethyst_witch
Dec. 7th, 2018 04:32 pm (UTC)
Eeep :(
Scary.

My bro's dad has gout, very painful :(
missdiane
Dec. 7th, 2018 04:36 pm (UTC)
My brother gets gout. Evidently he's lost a bunch of weight and it's much better.
amethyst_witch
Dec. 7th, 2018 04:32 pm (UTC)
pickletarians!!
*LOL*

Gotta watch out for that scurvy :P

<333
missdiane
Dec. 7th, 2018 04:37 pm (UTC)
Re: pickletarians!!
amethyst_witch
Dec. 7th, 2018 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: pickletarians!!
*LOOOOOOOL*!!!!!!
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