Because Olivia and I don’t eat meat, dairy or gluten, we had a LOT of plant-based, gluten-free side dishes yesterday that were made in support of this. My older daughter, who will eat meat, actually forgot to serve herself turkey as there were so many delicious side-dishes! My mother-in-law loved the raw kale-persimmon-pomegrate salad with citrus dressing that I made and asked me to make it for our dinner together on Christmas Eve! And my own mom emailed me this morning to say that next year, she thought we shouldn’t do a whole turkey anymore, but just some turkey pieces, for those who wanted meat.
Aside from my deep understanding of plant-based food for vital health, I also appreciate a different side of education I received when getting my plant-based-nutrition certification. This side addressed the reality of the state of the planet, in response to the meat and dairy industries. These industries are so environmentally destructive, that the path (and often pain) associated with true acknowledgment of this destruction is often tangled and deep. I know, as I avoided facing this reality for most of my life. The understanding I now have is like a gift, finally, after many years of wanting to be here and for whatever reason- not being able to do it. It is hard to express how it feels for me, but it is for certain one of the most wonderful, freeing and powerful things I have ever experienced.
Anyway, I have to say...last night was wonderful for me because I saw the little glimpses of change of consciousness in our own family meal- a beautiful, seasonal, delicious raw kale salad becoming a “star” dish. A child forgetting to serve herself meat amongst the wonder of plant-based options. Tiny sparkly lights of change of consciousness. These lights, they are little, but they are real. #savetheearth #consciousliving #plantbasedlife #motherearth #consciouseating #wakeup #mmtribe #mmcommunity #plantbasedmama #savetheeartheatplants