the only reason i am still a flirt and not full vegan yet is my husband. however, he's very slowly starting to come around! yay! i think it might take a few years..... if ever for him to give up meat completely but he's eating it less often and has found a few vegan recipes that he really enjoys. we also had some really good discussions and i think he's starting to have the feeling that its not right to just kill animals all the time and that he's really become desensitized to eating meat. he doesn't like to aknowledge that meat is from a living creature that had to be killed for you to eat it. but i'm helping him by reminding him (which he doesn't appreciate) but its working:) i can't wait to finally buy a house in 2 years when he's done with school and then i will buy him a pet so he can really come to acknowledge that they have feelings and are created by a God who loves them too! and i know that i will feel so much better when i have finally become vegan 100% b/c i will be living what i believe in. its just hard with temptations around (fried egg sandwiches is usually what gets me... and when my husband makes brownies....)
how have you guys handled getting a spouse to embrace a kind diet with you?
I think you are approaching it right, it just takes some people a longer time to make the transition. It does sound like he is coming around though. Just keep finding good vegan recipes for him and finding veganized versions of meals that he loves. WIth all the faux meat now sometimes you can barely tell the difference but it is much healthier. Also, there are great vegan dessert recipes . . . even brownies! Get the books "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World" and the cookie book by the same authors. Their stuff is so delish! The chocolate chip cookies taste just like the homemade ones that we all remember and love from childhood!
slowly and gently, no pushing. my hubby is still flirting but he has said many times he knows he should join me being vegan. he started this journey by telling me he was worried about me, was I losing it, why would I want to do something so extreme, etc. that was 1yr9mos ago.
You seem to be on the right track Spring , keep it up, you'll make a vegan out of him yet;)
Just one thing though, when you do decide to get a pet please consider adopting. Breeding is a terrible practice and doesn't fall in line with vegan values, morals and ideals. Give a home to an animal who really needs it. Don't fund people who are trying to make a profit out of animals.
thanks guys! that's a good idea to eat my way at home and then let them get what they want when we go out! we such different tastes in food and i usually try vegan recipes that i think sound good, but i think i need to branch out to recipes that are more his style so he is happier with the food i cook:)
and i will definitley adopt! we always had pets when i was growing up and my parents always adopted! one of our dogs we actually took in from the previous owner of the house we bought and it was so sad b/c you could tell she had been abused. even 10 years later she would still sometimes get worried when you would go to pet her b/c she thought she might get hit. it was soo sad. she was such a sweet dog and was only a little over a year old when she became part of our family.
thanks loves2bme. i would love some recipes! he is not a big fan of lentils and beans too much. he really likes veggies and salads but he says he doesnt feel satisfied without meat. so hearty filling recipes would be good. he enjoys pasta and rice dishes and thai and chinese food.
Oooh, maybe make him a great vegan pot pie or something. FIlling and feels like home. :o) They have recipes on vegweb that include seitan to make it meatier or we made a great one from the Veganomicon cookbook. A decent amount of work but so good and so worth it! Yum!
that sounds delicioius! my husband was saying he was going to miss alfredo. it used to be a regular in our house. i tried a raw recipe for it, but it wasnt even close:) thanks so much for taking the time to put it up here for me!