Thanks, Harmony, that is truly my wish, too. I need him around!
Yes, I am completely vegetarian, but not vegan. I have cream in my coffee and butter in some things. I don't read bread packages to see if butter or egg is in the recipe, I just enjoy the bread. Use an egg in my cornbread. I do look more suspiciously at my (rarer now) veggie omelets these days and wonder if I'm rationalizing about the shredded cheese, butter and egg that surely overpower the veggies, while I still say, "veggie" omelet, lol.
When out with others, I just figure it out. It can be easy sometimes, but there are puzzles, too. I eat the same way, no matter who I'm with - the children are all used to it by now. I often don't even need to comment because there are choices I can make. If dd18 is there she always suggests Mexican for me, and Oriental for HRH - her favorites and she knows we'll be content, lol.
By now I thought I would have had the lipid panel of blood work done, but I'm avoiding dr's office for a couple reasons. Our long-time general practitioner has moved and the new one HRH saw said, "don't get used to me, I'm retiring" (smile). Also, they aren't asking me to come; I'm under their radar. I like being under the radar while I can.
I worry about our church Sun night meals for the same reason you mention, Harmony. Bringing and serving of especially unhealthy foods seems to be on the rise, fast. Why is that? You would think it would be the other way around. Good choices take up very little of the table space, and the rest down the line is pretty much saturated fats spaced out between desserts or near-desserts. Mostly we are a church of age 50-up, although there are a few young families. Lots at my age, lots considerably older. Folks that we are well aware have sicknesses that would make you sad to hear about it, come to the church and are served as if they were happy-go-lucky teens.
Dee, plant protein is a gracious plenty, but as far as animal protein he's not vegan either (though closer than me) so he does get some, like I do. Cheese - he sprinkles some cheese on a pizza, sure, just tries to be thoughtful about it. Or cheese sprinkled on a veggie burger (though I'm more the one who'll do that.) If he ever decided to become vegan, which isn't out of the question of course, then cheese would be out.
Quality protein is abundant in every plant - nobody can have protein deficiency unless they go into malnutrition first and have deficiency of everything. I remember being taught briefly that someone thought they proved plants needed to be combined in certain ways to get enough of particular amino acids or it wouldn't be "quality" protein - somehow different. But that was disproved long ago. My dgirlcousin and I are convinced we heard it in school, and she says she kept the rice beside the beans on her shelves for years because of it, thinking she needed to eat those two at the same time, so each would make up for some mysterious lack in the other. Meanwhile, all over the world, huge populations of people continued basing their meals on just one or the other (or different plants entirely) every day like they had for centuries, and living longer than our folks.