The Ohio Challenge
Flying solo to Ohio to see my family tests my vegan commitment. Julia checked up on me throughout each day. She knew the deal. My Mom helped out a lot, packing the fridge with hummus, almond milk, italian ice, and veggies for days. I was clear that I did not want to be the vegan who spoiled everyone’s dinner.
Like many Ohio households, my parent’s was chock full of things I used to love and now do not eat. There was a cookie jar full of Chips Ahoy. At my nephew’s first communion there had to be a dozen different types of homemade cookies, including rice crispy treats. There was a sheet cake, pizzas were ordered and our first night we ate at a gourmet burger bar. Their veggie burger was not great and they covered it with a yogurt based, granny apple slaw. I usually gain 5 pounds when I go to Ohio but not this time. Thank you vegan diet and thank you Mom for being so helpful. She even made me a stir fry so I had something to eat when the pizzas arrived.