32 minutes ago
It is easy to cook for myself and prepare meals based on the knowledge that I have gathered about benefits of whole plant foods vs. disadvantages of processed and animal based foods, and refined products, such as white flour, sugar, oil and even excess salt. I know which I prefer to keep and which I don't want to use or use only occasionally and sparingly. But when you have to cook for other people who are not really interested to be changing their dietary habits and only want the foods they are used to eating, which are primarily animal based dishes high in fat, salt, and white flour products and sugar, that taste the way they are accustomed to, there's always the conflict of what to do. When you think about it, homemade meals can be just as unhealthy and disease promoting depending on their preparation and cooking techniques. Do you cook the meals they like in a way they prefer to make them feel satisfied? Or do you cook based on your knowledge trying to give them more healthful choices that they might not enjoy, because they are not as flavorful as they are used to, and you get murky faces for a thank you? I try to do a mix of both, sometimes it works well and sometimes still not so much. And I always feel the frustration when I have to prepare meals with animal products for others, but currently this is my reality. So I try to deal with it as well as I can, but it's not easy. What is easy, though is to prepare meals for myself that I enjoy and know are going to benefit me and my long term health as well. Plus they are friendlier to the planet and animals. Like a curry with red lentils, lots of vegetables and mustard greens and some corn, just because I had to use it up, with buckwheat. So many age related diseases and disabilities are linked to bad diets maintained throughout one's life, yet people do not want to admit it. Because meat and cheese and eggs and oil and sugar taste so darn good. And who would want to intentionally give up these pleasureable experiences?
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