I'm a California girl a long way from home. My husband and I, along with our three year old, twins just relocated to Chicago's Hyde Park Neighborhood. I've been a vegetarian for twenty years, only occassionally having seafood. I've considered going full vegan over the years, but was afraid I'd set myself up for failure, since I'm a lifelong addict of dairy products.
My husband and I are interested in taking the plunge, once we work our way through what's left in our kitchen, so our transition might take a few weeks to happen fully. I've got a couple of concerns though. Primarily I worry about making certain that our little boys have enough to eat, since veggies aren't always a favorite for little guys and also I'm concerned about the limited produce choices we'll have during the long, cold months of winter. Any superb recipes that my whole family will eat? Thanks in advance!
Oh you are a long ways from home, but no worries you have a good home base right here with people you can find support from :) Which dairy products are you particularly fond of? Also what kind of foods do your sons like? May be able to recommend some good alternatives. What helps a lot is that they see both their parents really enjoying the veggies and vegan foods. A lot of praise and encouragement goes a long way, but try not to put too much force on the veggie consumption cuz then they may just look at it like a kind of punishment hehe.
Don't be afraid about not being able to find certain things when the cold months come around. Thing with macrobiotics (superhero) is that we should try and eat what is in season and local to where we are at. This will help keep our bodies strong to the new environment and seasons that we experience. Also when it's cold, macro really emphasizes some hearty stews and more root veggies, winter squash, and beans to help us keep warm from the inside out. You can also order vegan products online if you're still getting use to your relocation and don't know where to buy them yet: http://www.cosmosveganshoppe.com/ Also, don't be afraid of freezing some produce now if you know it won't be in season come winter.