In addition to shopping and traffic, there are other challenges you may face over the holidays – especially when it comes to weight loss. One of them being with the challenges of living a healthy plant-based lifestyle. When you show up unprepared at the Holiday party and it’s nothing but cheese, deli-cuts and eggnog, you can pack on the pounds easily. So before you go to the party, eat a little bit of brown rice or other starch that will keep you from being overly hungry. Remember that you are there to celebrate with other people – it isn’t about how much food can you consume in the shortest amount of time. I also encourage you to run from any weight loss conversations at the part. If you do get sucked into one, smile, nod your head, congratulate the other person for taking action and tell them what you are doing is working for you and then change the topic. Other challenges you may face is this week’s reading from Becoming Slender For Life.
Other challenges you may face
For some people, especially those who live in places where being a vegetarian is still viewed as something akin to being a communist or at best a kook, the psychological aspects of living a different lifestyle can cause feelings of isolation and disconnectedness from family and friends. The snide comments about eating rabbit food grow stale really fast. Depending on who you are dealing with, you can either take a sincere, thoughtful approach or fight ignorance with wit.
Here’s how Dan deals with it. “I actually prefer to say I follow a vegan diet and low-impact lifestyle, rather than just say I’m a vegan. I know its only reworded, but I think the subtle change can make a huge difference in how folks hear us and accept us. To me, following a vegan diet and low-impact lifestyle means I’m doing my best for what I believe in, rather than setting myself up for critical analysis and probing by stating I’m a vegan—which can sound a bit like I think I’m better than you.”
There are lots of vegetarian and vegan communities online where you can find support. One is www.veganoutreach.org. While I do not agree with 100 percent of the information on this website, it offers some great ideas. I am not looking for you to agree with me 100 percent. In fact, I ask all new clients to please read the information, listen to the CDs from a place of “Isn’t that interesting” rather than “I agree or disagree.” Take this information and use what works for you.
Another issue is dealing with people who may prefer you fat and NOT have a positive response to your success. If you missed the section on diet sabotage in Chapter Seven, be sure to see Page 213.
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I allow the joy and bliss of the holiday season fill my home and my heart.
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