Melissa — I loved this piece. Thank you for sharing your family and cultural history, this is something I’m infinitely curious about as a dietitian and always eager to learn more about.

I agree, the whitewashing of veganism has been an interesting phenomenon to witness. I see it leading people down the path of orthorexia and disordered eating, all in the name of wellness. Lots of people are influenced by less-than-credible sources or seeking a “holier than thou” approach to eating and it’s troubling. I don’t have a lot of answers but it did force me to reflect on my own food choices and how I eat.

I ultimately decided a different route was right for me, but I’ll never be one to judge someone’s personal preferences. I just hope those choices are informed but truth and not fear or misinformation or comparisons. Thanks again for sharing this, great story!

Lover of carbs and puns, call me Cara Carbstreet | Anxious Millennial | Coffee Enthusiast | Non-diet Dietitian

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