Once upon a time a I went from being vegetarian to being completely vegan... Do you know how hard that is to do in a black family! Lol
I always messed up everybody's Thanksgiving with my separate pots and whatnot!
Whole Foods has been under attack recently...
You still meatless Iran?
Let's just say that I learned a while ago to just bless the food and be thankful which cut down on awkward moments!
I am around church people all the time. They (and me) tend to eat everything and be eyes shut thankful. Faith and science are not a good mix in most people until a doctor says you got a problem that can be changed by diet and a pill.
I grew up with the warnings from the Black Muslims on pork, the metaphysical warnings of meat eating limiting spiritual growth (food in body, spiritual growth, I didn't get the connection) and read about many food trends. Such confusion plays into the hands of the food industry. The real enemy is media induced food boredom/anxiety vs solid knowledge based healthy family/cultural food traditions. The larger societal context destroys sound thinking of the personal context.
I still resist and fight for something better.