Diet wars!

Dear Rose,

What I want to know is are you really and truly a vegan? (I have an image of you scoffing a hawaiian pizza – complete with ham – in school uniform – yeah, I don’t know why either…)

That's you wearing glasses and a wig ;)

That’s you wearing glasses and a wig 😉

And, if so, why, why, why?

Forgive me for being sceptical – it’s just last year you went Paleo. Yep, all things caveman – meat was big, carbs were bad! And, you know, being the good mother I am I took this on board. I now own a couple of paleo cookbooks and have embraced some paleo recipes – Lola Berry’s (aka the Unicorn Poop lady) zoodles with chicken and pesto is a fave. I stopped buying pasta and I tried to learn to love Pete Evans (no relation!).

But now you tell me you’re vegan and you’ve stopped eating family meals – and I’m sad 😦 Not just because family meals are an inherently cool and bonding thing but because I’m really scratching my head trying to come up with something that’s both vegan and OverAchiever friendly. As you know, the OverAchiever could take out an award for fussy eating. Yes, there are crusts that must be cut off everything, including meat – but at least she eats meat…Do you see where I’m coming from here? Family cooking has become a fraught exercise.


I’m happy to cook more vegetarian. But vegan is a bridge too far. And you know, I’m sure the hens don’t mind laying free-range eggs, the goats don’t mind being milked, etc. They’re happy – you’ve met Corinne’s goats – do they look unhappy, no!

And let’s be honest – the vegan thing seems to be (how to put this delicately) starting to take its toll on your emotional wellbeing…

So possible solutions:

  1. You could step up to the plate (so to speak) and start cooking occasionally
  2. We could embrace a limited number of vegan days (two tops), several vegetarian days and the occasional meat day
  3. We could invite Lola Berry to move in 😉
  4. You could move out!

Only joshing, lovely!

Yours in gastronomic pain,

Mum xoxo




About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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One Response to Diet wars!

  1. I think your ideas about weekly meal planning are interesting – I’ve been vegan for fifteen years now, and there is nothing painful about it. The other day I scarfed down a Hawiian pizza, complete with vegan cheese and vegan ham.

    There is no reason for veganism to be emotionally uncomfortable. There are some great recipes to try on plus lots of tips and helpful info. It is definitely a good idea to gradually move toward veganism, so that it is a fun transition and not a strain. Try adding new vegan recipes into your world first, so that you don’t notice as much when you take non-vegan recipes out.

    And I know it seems like there isn’t any harm in eating eggs and milk, but the milk industry involves repeatedly impregnating the mothers and then stealing their babies and killing them for meat, while the egg laying hens are kept in cramped dirty conditions (including free range ones) and then killed when they are a year and a half. The boy chicks are not wanted for the egg industry, so they are put on a conveyor belt and dropped into a mincing machine while they are still alive.

    I know those facts are very upsetting, but it does help to understand the “why” of veganism, so that you can feel more motivated.

    I am really glad you are being supportive of your daughter’s veganism, good luck with it all.


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