Day 3: Main Street Vegan Academy (What vegans eat and what this vegan ate)

I’m back with more! I got up at 4:30 this morning to catch up on work and life (and you) before heading back into the city for another exciting day at the Main Street Vegan Academy!

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Before I share one thing that I learned in the Academy yesterday, I did want to follow-up on yesterday’s post in which I share the idea that 90% vegan is better than not being vegan at all.  Not one of the instructors suggested that we sit down with clients with some type of 50, 80 or 90% vegan “plan”. Rather, they encouraged us to be gentle and kind to people who are on the journey. When a client says “ugh, it turns out that veggie burger at the restaurant had egg in it, I guess I’m not vegan now” Our response is “Sure you are. These things happen!” Or, when a client says “I can’t be vegan because I want Mom’s turkey at Thanksgiving”  we suggest that it’s not a reason to avoid trying a vegan diet and lifestyle and that if they have that turkey, on that one day, it doesn’t erase all the good they have done – and maybe next year they will bring a Tofurky to the family dinner! This is a journey and we want to encourage them wherever they are on it. If you have more thoughts on this, please share!

Yesterday we spent all morning with Victoria Moran and it was wonderful. We talked about approaching our clients holistically and providing them the best information when it comes to eating and living a healthy vegan lifestyle.  She provided us the tools to respond to the age-old question “What do vegans eat?”  by sharing Dr. Tel-Oren‘s response to the query with which so many of us are familiar. Loosely paraphrased: [click to continue…]

JL Fields writes the blog JL goes Vegan:  Food & Fitness with a side of Kale and is writer/editor of Stop Chasing Skinny.

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