I have been vegan for a week. When I made the decision i told my husband and 2 kiddos that its my own personal choice and I am in no way pressuring or nagging them to change. But I really feel selfish being so careful to put healthy foods into my body, and still giving my loved ones "nasty food". My 13 year old daughter says she is grossed out by milk now cause I told her about the possibility of puss being in it because she considered me to have lost my mind when one day her mother wakes up and announces she is a vegan. SHe doesnt want me to tell her about meat because she says she doesnt want to stop eating it. Her favorite food is steak. My husband seems to be shocked that I made this decision and am sticking with it, but curious thinking more about what he consumes. My 2 year old son doesnt seem to like meat much but still gets his bottle of whole milk at bedtime every night and I gag when preparing it and feel guilty for giving it to him. (I know, it probably seems a little fanatical. I have been using almond milk. Can I just change his milk at night to almond milk? Would there be any negative effects? He eats nuts so I know he is not allergic. ??????
My advice would be to have a "family meeting" stating why you have become vegan. I would also talk about how you want your family to start eating healthier for a better life for us, the environment and the planet. Then you can give them some examples of why it is better. Start including a few vegan meals a week and then work your way up. Husbands can be difficult though...they need more time.
It took a while for me to convince my husband... but sooner or later you can't ignore the facts or scientific evidence!
When my son was having multiple respiratory infections and asthma attacks at the age of 4, we cut out ALL dairy. He now drinks Almond milk and also has the occasional almond or soy yogurt. He is now 5 1/2 and has not had ANY respiratory infections since we made the switch. At that same time I was pregnant and now we have a 15 month old who has never had cows milk. He has a bottle of soy milk before bed but we are soon to transition him to the almond milk as well, which he already enjoys in small amounts during the day. Your 2 year old doesn't like meat because he's not biologically designed to like it. If you research the differences between herbivores and carnivores you will see that our bodies are biologically designed as herbivores. Your 2 year old is more in tune with his body because he has not been manipulated by media and society to consume meat. Meat ONLY tastes appealing when its cooked and loaded with salt and other dressings, his taste buds are so pure that this concoction tastes horrible to him. I bet your 2 year old loves fruits and maybe some sweet veggies. We have opposable thumbs perfect for pulling fruits off trees and veggies out of the ground. We dont have fangs or claws for catching meat. We don't even have enzymes for properly digesting meat! The more research you do and share with your family, the more sense it will make. If you have netflix and watch the HUNDREDS of food documentaries with your family, even if they choose to not go vegan, they will at least understand you and hopefully appreciate the advise. Documentaries: Hungry For Change, Food Matters, Food Inc, and many, many, many more. I went vegan along with my husband because we both watched all these documentaries and researched together. When I start to falter in my lifestyle I simply watch a food documentary to get me back on track. You have to find your OWN reason for living a vegan lifestyle. Some do it for the animals, some do it for the health, and some do it because they believe it is our biological nature. God luck!
P.S. There is such a thing as an unhealthy vegan. Watch out for all the PROCESSED "Vegan" products. Many are still loaded with high fats and well...fat is fat no matter how you eat it. Lots of fruits and veggies are the healthiest way to be :) Once you've detoxed all the junk out of your system you will feel...as god designed you to feel, radiating with health, happiness and love :)
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