It is hard to be around the food I am addicted to and not give in. I can't throw the food out in my kitchen, (I wish people would give their food they are giving up to a soup kitchen instead of throwing it away btw). I have kids and a husband who definitely will not go raw. They arn't even vegan :(. I am really struggling. Not with vegan I've been that. Just with being raw. Ugh I would like to connect with anyone who has the same circumstance of being around cooked food and being raw. Does anyone have the will power? I am mostly raw. Working on getting to %100. Real challenging.
I have to cook disgusting meat foods for others while doing this alone.
You can do it! It gets easy after a while of doing it. It was odd at first. Just stay carbed up. :)
I cook vegan for my kids and vegetarian for husband. He cooks his own animal flesh. It gets easier after awhile.But I also am able to cook when I am fasting so I might just be weird. If you find it really hard maybe cook them things you do not really like. Also if they eat animal flesh maybe start making them cook for themselves.
Good luck it does get easier.
you could start cooking a lot cleaner / healthier versions of whatever you are cooking for them if it is extra challenging (like a whole foods diet of grains, lots of vegetebles, natural sweeteners like dates or 'date sauce' if they eat oatmeal of even for deserts. fruit popsicles and even banana ice cream (even if they continue to buy their own things sometimes - like favorite meals or snacks maybe they will try your healthier options as well as what they are enjoying..
some nice transitional ingredients that they may love, even as SAD eaters (dont know how they eat now)
quinoa grains, quoina noodles (they make these in angel hair, spaghetti, shell, and short macaroni style and these taste a LOT better and have a way better texture than any rice pasta i have ever tasted .. they are really just like regular wheat sphagetti but only with 2 ingretints: corn and quinoa .. so with some marinara sauce and veggies -- let them put cheese on it on their own if they want , herbs -- or what i also made is quinoa noodles, whole quinoa grains, LOTS AND LOTS of veggies stir fried with a whole onion, broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms, lots of soy sauce and lots of sriracha (a hot asian sauce) that are both pretty cheap and easy to find at most grocery stores (dont recommend these as OPTIMAL obviously since there is a lot of salt/spices in these sauces but it sure is tasty to overstimulated palates and most people would enjoy this dish if they liked an asian flavor ).. so there is LOTS of curry powder, and about 4 table spoons of peanut butter (now keep in mind this is for a LARGE portion of sauce for the veggies and all ingredients i always just poured into once huge sauce pan and simmered/steamed until the veggies where cooked and still crisp .. noodles/grains separately
oatmeal .. spice it up with a whole warm apple, cinnamon, date sauce or little pieces of dates if they are soft .. you can even cook them with the oatmeal so that the sweetness is distributed and the date pieces are super soft for them ...
healthier versions of sweets
i mean, you dont even have to try and convince them to eat it .. just offer it as an option, have these things around for them to try and also you know that if you are making cleaner food for them, you will be around pretty healthy food if you choose to partake
i hope this gets easier for you! blessings and love!
I have to do it for income.
Otherwise I'd pass. I'm okay cooking cooked vegan as well, but meat and dairy makes me want to vomit. I deal with it anyways. It is kind of my reminder as to why I don't eat that stuff
Hi Rheanna, I am sorry in advance for writing alot. My family is not vegan or vegetarian. Plus I have male cats as pets, one of which who can no longer eat dry food because of serious health issues. Cats are not vegans or vegetarians either. So I am still purchasing some meat and fish these days . Me, a self pronounced vegan! So why do it? It makes it harder on me but I really embrace being a vegan and I am mostly raw also. And I want this lifestyle for my family very much too. But I need to give them time to see that this is a human truth. We are not meat eaters and it is not healthy for us to be so. This lifestyle is for me first and I can't convince anyone if I don't live it myself. So I am doing one day at a time. MY touching base with this website really helps.( By the way I have decided to keep my cats even if I am a vegan but will not have anymore when they pass, I think. As for my family they are all adults. I was a vegetarian in the past but my family never followed that life style. But I still make most meals at my house. My husband is much less of a meat eater than in the past. My sister likes to eat meat and fish as well as my grown children but they really don't like to cook so I mostly make what I want for them.They don't all live with me but I cook for them often enough. I do give them some meat and fish but much less than in previous years.Our son eats an enormous salad for lunch everyday now(vegetarian mostly) If they complain I really do have a legitamite reason for reducing the amount of it that I purchase because of cost.They still are not thrilled with the state of things but are getting used to it. I try not to preach. I get in trouble for talking about it too much. So I don't. Alot of people are sick these days especially over eating and not being active. My family knows that too much meat is not good for us. They still want the meat though. I have a ways to go before I can convince my family how great this plan is for me. Being a role model is the best way. So I am working my way there by the way of Dr Graham's book, walking, remembering to have fun every day and this site.The big thing for me I think is keeping my fat really low. So we are all attracted to things that are not so good for us.That is a problem for me... the fat.So I understand that it is a craving for me and them with the meat. But it will pass.Eventually I will buy no meat or flesh.Now I try to eat enough fruit before I cook for them. That is a key here I think. When I cook I try to incorporate other non meats like mushrooms, or tofu. My husband eats alot of gluten free/dairy free meals. He has to now. He eats things like tofu but if he didn't there would be much less that he could eat. I know he thinks tofu is too wierd for him. So of course he would never eat it. I do tell him he is eating it but I am telling you he does not want to know. So basicly we don't talk about that much.This mealtime situation has evolved over several years for us. My husband always liked his meat and now has health issues. You may have to do your thing for awhile before anything changes.They may choose it eventually. I would do it for you first. I eat alot of fruit to pull this off most days here. I choose this plan for me though. I know too that financially it works better if everyone is on the plan.( Healthwise and financially) I still haven't gotten there yet. But I am working on it. Good Luck!