My mother-in-law’s birthday is this Sunday. Since she’s recently shown interest in a plant-based diet, I talked my husband into getting her the book, Eat to Live, as a gift. This didn’t seem like enough to give her for her birthday, however; so I also baked her vegan cookies last night.
I finished baking at 10 PM, but I ate so much batter and cookies that a sugar high kept me up well past midnight. While lumbering around in my self-induced insomnia, I wondered why I made my mother-in-law cookies. It seemed senseless that I’d give her a book that promoted giving up sugar and refined flour while at the same time giving her sugar and refined flour. What was I thinking?
It’s not that I’m so fanatical about my plant-based diet that I never cheat. My husband and I allow ourselves some vegan junk food on the weekends, which I don’t think is a big deal. In fact, I believe it’s helped us to manage this diet for so long. Just to be clear, we don’t cheat when it comes to consuming animal products – we’re strict about this.
But baking cookies, at least for me, is more than a little treat. I can’t do it without grossly overindulging to the point that I feel ill. I felt so crappy after making the cookies last night that I told my husband, “I’m never baking cookies again!”
My husband just rolled his eyes at me, because I’ve told him this before. But now I’m wondering if I should really stop baking cookies. Is it worth it for me? And am I being a hypocrite by promoting a plant-based diet and giving others something opposite of this?
What do you think?
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