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Hello everyone! You guys are going to become my support group for this change in my life. On July 4, 2008 I became a mommy to a beautiful baby boy, but like so many others I have put myself last and cannot seem to get the weight off. In fact I have put more on!! I want to change my eating habits and lifestyle because I want to be a good role model for my son. I don't want him to have to struggle with weight the way I have. I am going to take it slow, as I have been reading The Kind Life to immerse myself into a new lifestyle. I am really excited to get started but I am having a difficult time since my husband is resistant and my family is not supportive...they love their meat and think it is stupid not to have any! Anyway, I am just looking for any pointers you may have for getting started. I have been reading about the Detox and was wondering how to do that?? Is it drinking the Detox tea in the book? Any help and support you can offer would be great!! I am really looking forward to this new journey, I just wish our society was more open to this way of living. Oh, and I did plant my veggie garden today which I love and I am doing it organically this time around!!! Thanks and good luck to you all!!!!
Congratulations on deciding to take this step for your health, animals and earth! :-)
It's so great that you want to make changes so you and your son can have great health. This site is amazing and people are so friendly and helpful. Really look around and ask questions. Experiment in the kitchen with your veggies and grains. Good luck!
I haven't tried the detox tea yet, but when I do I post about about my experience with it.
Congrats on planting your veggie garden! It will be wonderful for you to have fresh organic veggies. Organic is the way to go, for sure! :-)
You're already doing much better than you think--you used the word "lifestyle" in your post and never once said "diet"! That's the best attitude you can have--being vegan really is a lifestyle and as soon as you're fully on board and experiencing all the incredible benefits, I'm sure your husband will change his tune. The key is to keep reminding him that this is something you need to do for yourself and that the more supportive he can be the better off you and your family will be. Living a healthy, clean life is not only good for you--its good for him and your new son! Also, if you start easing some delicious vegan foods into his meal plan, he'll start to realize how great being vegan can be! Trust me, I went through this a few months ago with my family too :)
Good luck on your journey and whenever you feel discouraged read through some of the posts in this forum--they are truly inspiring and will quickly get you back in the groove if you feel like you're losing it.
Congrats on your new life!
Marraalysha and Sam B thanks so much for the words of encouragement. They are just what I need to get started! My hubby is a little (okay, a lot) resistant but I am not gonna force anything on him. I am hoping that he will just change his tune once he starts feeling and looking better, too!! I am already enjoying my experience with this site. It is very inspirational and I have found some great recipes!!! I know that giving up meat, and for me cheese and ice cream, will be hard but I know my life will be better for it (not to mention my family's)! Thanks again!!!
hi helena , as a mum to a little boy of almost 4 years i understand about the baby weight. I did lose it but then had a couple of pregnancies that went wrong and my weight went up again. Now i am vegan for almost 2 months and have lost over 10 pounds while enjoying food like i have not done in a long time. For me and from what i have read on the forums its like falling in love with food when you turn vegan ! My first week i had a pot of vegan icecream in the freezer to keep me going, it helped but after only a couple of weeks i was feeling soooooooo great , that was motivation enough.
.....about your husband and family i would say try not to focus on thier negativity ( easy for me to say i know ), what you give your attention to gets bigger , so trust that they and him in particular will soon see how much better you are feeling and looking and they will start to get curious ! Plus - make them some of the yummy TKD recipes !
enjoy :) :)
Hi Helena, as a total newbie I'm not one to give advice, but I'm happy to share what worked well for my meat-loving "champagne taste" (sauces, desserts, rich flavors) husband: a local vegan restaurant! He actually ended up becoming the driver in a day by day vegetarian/vegan household! (it's been 2 weeks without planning to do this, so we're excited to embrace this lifestyle that ended up "just happening"!).
If you live in an area where that's an option, go for it! Having a chef prepare something fabulous for both of you (all three of you! but you can focus more on the delish food w/o baby) will take the pressure off of you, and it might be nice for him to see things like a vegan "burger" or "lasagne" on a menu and have it taste really good. Make sure you order something different, but that he would like, so he gets to try two yummy things, and of course dessert. Then if he loved something, experiment at home and offer it w/ other things he's used to (just like we do with our toddlers! mine is 1 day younger than yours!).
Good luck and enjoy that garden!