Hello there, I've been reading and eating pretty healthily over the last years. I've never really liked (red) meat, but do still eat/ate chicken, fish and seafood. Although flirting more and more with vegetarianism, and getting guiltier and more discusting, still didn't make the full step. Partly thank to Alicia's book, I've made a decision at last! I am planning to go totally vegan for at least a month, starting somewhere in january. The reason that I don't want to start immediatly, is that I first want to investigate all the claims about veganism. That way I can be strong in my convictions, and be able to defend myself with the best of knowledge en certainty.
I want to share this journey with everyone, so i started a blog about it. You can find it here: http://tobeveganornottobe.wordpress.com/ and on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ToBeVeganOrNotToBe?ref=stream
I don't think I'll wait that long to become a true vegetarian though. The guilt and sadness I feel every time I eat some meat is getting too much.
Unfortunately, my man doesn't want to join me :( doesn't want to hear about it, doesn't want to see the truth. Whenever I tell him to think about what that steak represents, that it's a piece of cow, slaughtered, he just tells me to stop saying that and let him enjoy his meat. Because he likes the taste and thinks he needs it. I do hope that I can slowly, piece by piece, make him see reality.. The bad thing is that I'll still have to buy his meat and cook it. Not looking forward to that.
Congratulations on your decision! :) Be sure to focus on the positive on your vegetarian/vegan journey. Even though your guy doesn't agree (mine doesn't, either! He's OBSESSED with bacon...ughhh) you can still enjoy your half of the vegan fun. Guys usually take a lot more convincing. Be sure to check out the film Forks Over Knives, maybe get him to watch it with you! It's on netflix. :) Good luck!
i also encourage people to become a vegan. I think that it's a positive lifestyle in the modern age now and it will help us avoid some diseases such as obesity. You can advise your man by reducing the amount of meat he has grandually so maybe he will change his mind
I've been vegan for over two months now and it it feels SO natural!! My kids were not raised vegan, so I still cook chicken or fish for them a couple of times a week, but mostly the end up eating what mommy is eating. I don't ever push a vegan lifestyle on them, but I find that a gentle nudge through yummy meals that they love is steering them that direction.
You will never get anywhere w/ your guy by trying to gross him out a mealtime. Let him try some of the yummy things you make for yourself at mealtime alongside his meat. People are usually suprised :-)
Thanks for the comments!
I'm always the one to do the cooking in the house, so he basically has to eat whatever I prepare ;) And since I really don't feel like preparing 2 different meals every day, he only gets his meat 2 or 3 times a week. Fortunately, he doesn't complain very much about that. I think he should be happy that I still want to prepare his steak :)
Positive thing is that he usually likes the vegetarian/vegan things I maken, so that's a step in the right direction!
I still have some fish to clean out of my freezer, and then I'll become a fulltime vegetarian. And after newyear, it's the vegan step.
(btw I've bought myself the veganomicon, and I love it, so much good recipes :p )
I am on the same page as you. I am trying very hard to become a vegan love the idea of having more energy, happier, healthier etc but with 5 kids and a carnivore for a hubby it is very tricky sometimes
I only meant to go vegetarian after reading Alicia's book, but I became a vegan without even realizing it! I upped the veggies and grains and found that I didn't really crave dairy anymore (I was never much of an egg eater). The first dish I ever cooked for my guy was vegan, and he loved it without even realizing it was vegan. I usually don't try to encourage people to be vegan because they are probably more likely to rebel. I instead cook tasty things for them that make them realize it's not all rabbit food! (very sneaky) To make your transition to veganism easier, remind yourself that you can cheat if you want to. Sometimes acknowledging that we are allowed to do something makes us less likely to do it! Eventually, you won't even want to cheat!
The vegan diet has excellent health, environmental, and, to some, moral advantages. However it is really not for everyone. It requires a fairly advanced knowledge of nutrition in order to understand which foods to combine in order to get all the essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. So despite the popularity of it, this is ideally not a diet for teenagers who just think its cool. Also veganism is extremely dangerous as a pregnant mothers, a young child, or the elderly. In these cases there are even greater needs for specific nutrients, some of which are hard to find in plants or challenging to consume from plants at the levels required.
I wanted to include the common example of fetal neural tube defects that occur as a result of insufficient vitamin B12 in a pregnant mother's diet. B12 is usually consumed in milk, eggs, and meat. B12 is critical to spinal development in babies that occurs in the first 28 days after conception. Folate and sometimes B12 injections are prescribed to handle deficiency if the pregnancy is even know about in time. This is not to scare anyone off but just to encourage people to really look into typical vegan nutrient deficiencies and to realize it requires more work to plan a diet that compensates for these.
Sorry one other serious concern is calcium. Calcium helps with bone density which is built up until about age 25. Then it plateaus and begins to erode after age 40. So vegans under 25 need to make sure to get sufficient calcium somewhere else if not consuming dairy. Otherwise you may end up with osteomalacia as older adults.