Rewriting Family Traditions: Introducing Your Plant-Based Diet

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Many traditions are rooted in cooking together and sharing meals, so when a family member changes to a plant-based diet, it can affect everyone.

Published December 18, 2019 on

Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, sporting events, vacations – no matter what the event, food is often a central part of family gatherings in most cultures.

Many traditions are rooted in cooking together and sharing meals, so when a family member makes a drastic change in dietary habits, it can affect everyone.

Sometimes the very food served even defines the custom.

How will you face Thanksgiving without roast turkey? Will your birthday ever be the same without your mother’s famous chocolate cake and ice cream? Can you even watch the Super Bowl without chicken wings and pizza?

It’s not surprising that facing traditional celebrations can be a huge deterrent to those considering a whole food, plant-based lifestyle.

The good news is that with some planning, communication, and good intentions, you can not only continue to enjoy family gatherings but also start some new traditions everyone will love.

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