Out of the Almost Vegan Closet

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I have officially told my parents of my almost Vegan status.

Dad was first and then Mom.

Dad’s first reaction was one of surprise and then, “Well, I make up for it.”


He is funny.


Actually, I find that plenty of people are pretty funny about it.


The reactions run the spectrum of complete support or a look that tells you that the person thinks you are nuts.

As I listen to people’s reactions and questions I realize just how much misinformation is out there.

This brings me back to thinking about my son’s statement about labels.


Then this makes me wonder, “Do we really need to label people’s eating habits?’

I am not a fan of labels for most genres. However, without these labels, people would be even more confused.

How would I, or someone like me, go to someone’s house or eat in a restaurant?


I would not be able to simply say that I am vegan. I would have to give a whole laundry list of what I will not eat. It would be difficult for me, too long of a list for my host and to time-consuming for all.

By the way, Mom told me that when I was a kid looking towards new eating habits it was absolutely the family doctor who strongly suggested regular blood tests.

It would seem to me that our physician was rather misinformed about vegetarianism. That is just sad.

I later found out that Mom and I were both duped by my father.


He very proudly told me that he told the doctor to tell me that I would need weekly blood tests if I went vegetarian.

This disappoints me greatly.

Like WTF… on so many levels!!!

But WTF!!! What kind of doctor thinks it is appropriate to lie to their patients????

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in Mindset, Stress Management, Emotional Health and the Brain-Gut Connection to it all.

During Elise's 30+ years of experience she has been honored to work closely with health and wellness pioneers such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. John Gray, and several others.

Dr. Ho holds multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.