Initially, I had been very keen to evolve my semi-vegetarian style of eating/cooking to a vegan diet. I was even determined. My only problem was that I lacked the support of “my mister” to do it. Like I said, we’re already semi-vegetarian, but it can be hard getting someone to unlearn things they’ve been taught since childhood. I won him over a little by showing him a comparison between beef and beans:
It’s really math not magic when you look at the numbers.
I continued to cook with more beans, less meat, less dairy, and prepared more meals with raw veg added in or on the side. We were doing great. My Elflings didn’t complain. My mister didn’t complain. In fact, he was happiest taking leftovers to work when he could, rather than a sandwich. Yay!
The other night we watched “Foodmatters” together, and it was his light bulb moment. After watching the movie we started discussing the things I had been talking about 3 months ago. Our dialogue had resumed, but with him in favor of the changes as well, this time. We talked about getting a juicer (looks like an Omega BMJ330 or 390). We discussed participating in a CSA that didn’t use pesticides, or making weekly visits to a Farmers Market for certified Organic produce (Farmers Market won unanimously). We’re both on the same page to evolve our diet to a vegan diet, too. Double yay!
As we do more research into acceptable alternatives (we’ll miss cheese and yogurt, while the kids will also miss milk), and take the steps needed to eliminate animal proteins, we will all feel better than we do already. One step at a time is all we can do.