Food from Planet Vegan. ~ Dana Gornall

Via Dana Gornall
on Sep 1, 2013
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my life as an alien

Earlier this year I made the switch to eating Vegan.

My reasonings for this switch are many, and I have already addressed some of them before. But one thing I have noticed since this lifestyle change is how people react to my food.

To be clear, I live in Ohio. A good friend of mine from California has informed me that out there, being Vegan is not really a big deal and I have heard rumors that other areas are open to this way of life. However, in my area—specifically my city—most people have never even heard of the word.

When I am invited to a party or picnic, I tend to bring a dish to share or simply bring my own food. Most people are fine with this and some people are open to it. Others are a little put off. Honestly, before I knew much about being Vegan, I probably would have turned up my nose as well.

Yet, when I explain the ingredients of my dish: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, vinegar, almond milk, I still get some negative responses. I don’t get this.

I find it somewhat ironic that most of our society will gladly accept processed and packaged food over something that is put together with whole ingredients.

A toaster pastry ingredient list looks something like this: enriched flour, vitamin B2, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, soybean and palm oil (with TBHQ for freshness), sugar, cracker meal, contains 2% or less of wheat starch, salt, dried cherries, dried apples, baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate, citric acid, gelatin, carmel color, modified wheat starch, xanthan gum, soy lecithin, vitamin A palmitate, RED 40,… You get the idea.

How is this better than vegan cupcakes?

I am by no means perfect. Yes, I eat processed food at times. No, I have not always made the best choices in my diet.

But I still can’t understand why people look at me like my food is from another planet, but they don’t blink an eye at “TBHQ for freshness.”

What is TBHQ, anyway?

Plant-based eating, when made from whole foods, is all about the earth. Sure, I know many will argue that tofu is bad for you, and soy-based protein is full of hormones. In my opinion, the jury is still out on that and I try to limit my consumption of soy-based meat alternatives.

Yet, those that are quick to get on their soap boxes about soy and protein should maybe look a little more closely at the ingredients in their food.

This is my choice at the moment, and it is right for me.

In the meantime, the cupcakes are actually pretty good and I promise they are from this planet. (wink)


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Ed: Bryonie Wise




About Dana Gornall

Dana Gornall is a mom of three crazy kids and a dog. She works as a licensed massage therapist in Amherst, Ohio and is a certified sign language interpreter. She is always looking forward to even more personal growth. While not interpreting, doing massage, or being with her family she loves going to yoga. You can connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


2 Responses to “Food from Planet Vegan. ~ Dana Gornall”

  1. emotionalviolence says:

    I loved reading this, Dana! I'm (slowly) making the transition to vegan – I have made the switch to almond milk and eat tofu and I like it, although I limit it because of health problems. I've tried a bunch of different recipes from veggie burgers to vegan brownies, and I love them. I try not to tell others when I make a vegan dish until after they try it and like it – I love the shock value on their faces. I've noticed some of my health problems subside since becoming a label reader and going for a cleaner diet. I must admit though that I still crave red meat, especially in the summer months when I smell a charcoal grill… it's like I'm Pavlov's dog lol I'm hoping I can un-learn that behavior.

  2. @DanaGornall says:

    That's awesome to hear! It's definitely a transition. There are a lot of awesome recipes to replace grilled food. Check out some sites like Post Punk Kitchen and Happy Herbivore. I have a resource guide on here that lists a top ten guide for people trying out or switching to a vegan lifestyle.