The challenges of family visits
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Since nearly 1 week ago, my parents have been staying with me. As much as I love them they do not support the whole-foods-based, vegan lifestyle that I have been trying to establish.
Until last week I had successfully gotten myself down to lacto-vegetarian status, with an emphasis on whole foods. I was losing weight and keeping up a simple exercise regimen, but all of that has been thrown out the window as my family has been insisting upon parties and restaurants without vegan or whole-food options. I've offered to make food almost as many times as we have eaten meals, but I've only been allowed to make one meal in the past week.
Physically, I feel terrible--I've managed to stay almost fully vegetarian, but my palate and my body have changed and I'm suffering. I know I'm gaining weight and losing muscle, and if this goes on much longer I'm going to be worse off than when I started a month ago.
My question for you, Sparkers, is this: how do you stay on track when everyone around you is trying to get you to do otherwise?