The time thingy on my blog is off, I am actually posting this around 2:30 in the morning. I got to be the date of one of my gorgeous lady friends for her work Christmas party tonight and as I was leaving, five people walked in with TOWERING boxes of PIZZAAAA!!!!! The smell alone was nearly enough to send me into a state of nirvana. I thought about searching for a piece of vegetarian pizza but knew I would regret it later so I am currently curbing my hunger with avocado smushed on toast. Which is delish and quite satisfying too!
At this time of year, the cravings don't end with pizza. Eggnog (love it or hate it) is one of my fave holiday treats! But alas, the egg and cream and sugar content is enough to make any vegan shed a little tear. My family Christmas morning breakfast tradition is Eggs Benedict which is poached eggs drowning in a sauce made from butter and egg yolks - to die for! And let's not forget all the amazing shortbread cookies, nanaimo bars, cakes, pies and desserts that are sometimes too tempting to resist!
WHAT I AM GETTING AT IS: It can be really hard to resist non-vegan temptation around the holidays BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO MISS OUT ON ANY OF THE DELICIOUSNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are recipes alllllll over the place for vegan versions of your favorite treats! For example, I plan on making Roasted Tomato-Asparagus Benedict with Vegan Hollandaise Sauce for breakfast on Christmas morning! Not missing out on the yumminess, but also staying true to my compassionate lifestyle choices.
EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY: If you do decide to go for it and eat that yummy non-vegan treat, DO NOT BEAT YOURSELF UP OVER IT! I should confess that I am a serious dairy foods lover and letting go of it was sooooo hard. Every now and then I absolutely indulge in dairy foods. Especially CHEESE! And at first I used to feel really guilty, like I was going to get in trouble with the vegan police. But I realized that it's useless to feel guilty about it. All the goodness (to the planet, to your body, to animals and to humanity) of a day-to-day vegan lifestyle cannot be undone by a piece of pizza. Feel grounded in what made you make the choice to go vegan in the first place and know that you can't be perfect all the time.
And just keep truckin' on.