I came across the interview while scanning magazines for a dream board exercise at the last Hot Warrior Yoga™ training weekend, and had to cut out the martinis-are-vegan quote. Not because I’m an alcoholic, but because I love the fun, free-spirited, get-there-when-and-how-you-can approach Kathy embodies.
Kathy (we’re on a first name basis, in my mind) shared her secrets to mindful eating:
- To make a change, you have to lean into it. When I decided to become a vegan, I did it gradually: one thing at a time over the course of a few years. If I had pushed myself to stop eating all animal products at once, I might have given up.
- There’s fun in the hunt. Veganism is like a sport for me. I roam supermarket aisles searching for new foods – recently, I found a coconut-based ice cream that’s unbelievable. And I love the challenge of “veganizing” recipes: mashed potatoes with soy milk, or pizza topped with tapioca-based cheese and veggie sauce.
- Compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use. Eating consciously is an exercise in kindness, and the more I work at it, the more empowered I feel. When I eat food that’s grown in the ground or in trees, my mind is clear, my body thrives, and I’m more deeply connected with the world.
- Seitan is a vegan’s secret weapon. At a dinner party a few years ago, I served “veal piccata” – but with seitan, a meat substitute made from wheat gluten. One of my guests, a Midwestern guy who loves his meat, said to me, “That’s the best veal I’ve ever tasted.” I felt so proud for pulling off the switch.
- I’ll be forever grateful that alcohol is vegan. An occasional martini is good for the soul.
If you are the kind of person who needs a little shock-therapy encouragement to try leaning vegan, have a look at the official trailer for the well-regarded documentary, Forks Over Knives:
Order your own copy of the documentary here, watch it on Netflix, or order the How-To Companion to the Feature Documentary on Amazon. Thank you, fellow hot warrior teacher-in-training Margaret for turning me on to this fine film!
- Leaning into change (theconscientiousomnivore.wordpress.com)