My Beef With Vegans And Gluten Freegans!!
My dad works in an office space filled with women and what he notices is any time one of them or a client brings in food it is always based in carbohydrates. Day after day of cookies, doughnuts, cakes, and even though my dad doesn’t eat any, it all goes extremely quickly.
My dad has noticed that several of his coworkers waistlines have expanded.
I had a conversation with one of their husbands who works at Ferrero Rocher and he told me that one of the perks of working there is that you can eat as many of those sweet crunchy delicious balls of sin that you want. He has lots of female employees who started relatively thin and he told me that, ‘you can always tell about six months after hiring them who has been eating the chocolates and who have not. The weight quickly piles on and is very noticeable.’
So the other day was my dads office Christmas party and my dad prepared his usual tray of sliced meats and cheeses. Others brought sweet and sour meatballs (2 people did this), several dishes of macaroni salad, but ALL the employees brought trays upon trays of desserts. Cookies, chocolates, cupcakes, it was a gigantic smorgasbord of carbohydrates.
Both macaroni salads- gone
Sweet and sour meatballs-gone
And my dad brought home the uneaten portions of meat and cheese tray for my family to finish off. It wasn’t even that big of a tray. I guess he learned from last year.
He learned they ‘don’t like’ smoked ham or pastrami or pepperoni. The only meat they were willing to try was the turkey. Even though these processed meat choices have trace carbs in them apparently they are not sweet enough to compete with the other foods.
People who are gluten free or vegan are not afraid to not only shout out, preach, drone on and on to the world of their dietary restrictions but they are also not afraid to bring whatever they eat to a potluck or get together. No one says otherwise or lifts a finger in protest to their choice.
I of course see value in bringing a salad with dressing on the side. What I don’t see value in is constantly telling people, berating people with information of your food choices.
What I am trying to say is, YOU DON’T NEED TO MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF YOUR DIETARY REQUIREMENTS! (Vegans, Gluten freegans, I am talking to you)
Once upon a time, there was a potluck. The host of this potluck sent out an email of suggested food for people to bring so there is no overlap and a nice variety to choose from. Unfortunately, there was one guest who emailed back, “well, I will bring an item on the list, BUT I need to make a vegan, gluten free casserole for my son because of his diet.”
And the question I need to ask is…. WHY NOT JUST MAKE THE GLUTEN FREE VEGAN CASSEROLE, SAY YOU ARE BRINGING A CASSEROLE, HAVE YOUR SON SOLELY EAT THE CASSEROLE, AND NO ONE WOULD BE THE WISER?
Because honestly, the person who would look like a sore thumb in the crowd would be the person who brought a single this for themselves at a gathering where everyone is expected to share.
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