In a moment of frustration earlier today I uttered the words in the title to a friend. Even if I seem perky on here, moments hit me where I am very very frustrated. When the reality of trying to change a lifetime of eating habits for a family of 4 hits me. When I realize that, as hard as it seemed when “vegan” was the only food change we were making, having added another is making me crazy (or crazier depending on your definition).
In an effort to hide from the frustration (and the house cleaning!) I laid down on top of my freshly made bed (Yes! It did happen!) and pulled out some cookbooks. I opened up an older one I found at the thrift store called “Vegetarian Cooking for Working People” by Debra Wasserman & Charles Stahler. (The author is the founder of The Vegetarian Resource Group.) I turned to the section entitled recipes and found the following quote:
“The toughest barriers to quick and easy vegetarian cooking are the habits we have developed through our lifetime. Once you break that mental resistance, ideas for meals will come to you naturally, and meal preparation will become routine and go much faster.”
As odd as it sounds, that quote gave me a tremendous feeling of relief. So ok, it may be difficult now to figure this out but it will come. I *will* get used to this and our meals will go back to the delicious level they were at before we went vegan and wheat-free (plus a lot of other frees). In fact, let me be a Pollyanna for a moment, they will be even better! Phew. Ok. I feel better now.