About four years ago, when my wife was diagnosed with having cancer, and after doing considerable research on the relationship between the foods we were eating and cancer, we decided to switch to a plant based diet (PBD) – we became vegans.
Since then, we have done even more research and watched several documentaries such as “Forks Over Knives,” “Cowspiracy,” and most recently, “What the Health?” Based on the available science, we are now convinced that eating meat, poultry, fish, dairy products and processed foods, is injurious to our health and the environment.
So here comes the dilemma. We enjoy entertaining and I love to cook. We consider ourselves gracious hosts. Until we watched these documentaries, we would prepare our vegan meals for ourselves along with plates of meat, fish, or poultry for our guests. Now, with our new consciousness, buying and preparing these products creates an ethical dilemma.
We believe these foods are harmful to people and the environment, so how can we knowingly buy them and feed them to our guests? If we are to stay true to our beliefs, we cannot in good conscience buy and prepare these foods. On the other hand, we do not want to force our beliefs and our PBD on others.
The issue becomes even more complicated when we consider enjoying long visits from family spanning a week to a month or more where they stay in our home. If we make our kitchen totally vegan, will people still want to stay with us? Will be have to sacrifice family time? Is that the price we may have to pay for being true to ourselves and our beliefs?
I am interested in your thoughts.