I've been trying to spread the vegan word to a few family members in particular, but they look at me like I'm crazy as I eat a ten banana smoothie. So, I've taken a step back and right now I'm just trying to get these family members to adjust themselves one step at a time to be vegan, I.E eating less meat, eating less dairy until they take it out of their diet.
To my surprise one of my family members has sworn off meat completely, which is huge! She even likes the idea of being vegan, but still has to have her cheese...
HCRV to my family seems impossible, but maybe cooked vegan is a possibility? I mean, I would love for my family to eat and feel as great as I do, but at this point I think just eating vegan is more of a realistic goal to shoot for.
Does anyone have any advice on how to motivate someone to be a vegan in the easiest and most comfortable way? It's hard for me to suggest a way to transition, because I went to HCRV over night because I felt strongly about this lifestyle.
I want to suggest some simple cooked mock-meat meals to them, but its hard to promote that kind of food or cooked food in general. I'm just not too sure what to do.
I think Dr. McDougall is supposed to be good for those kinds of things. Maybe you could give his website a try? But because I don't ever bother with recipes, I'm sure you could google and find many different vegan blogs. Good luck!
First thing I would do is sit down with them and watch Forks Over Knives and The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue.
And if you can, get them to watch this too. Just to warn you, it does have some graphic images. This one should help the newly found vegetarian ditch the cheese.
Watch the Gary Yourofsky one yourself first before showing it. That way you can judge if and when they should see it.
I have actually shown my mom this video already, although she could not stomach the "real and disturbing" footage that goes on in slaughter houses and farms... of course she can still eat products from these animals, but she just can't watch where it comes from or how's it made.
My father and pretty much the rest of my family would not willingly sit and watch this speech. Aside from my mother the rest of my family behaves slightly angered if I tell them anything about food or why I do what I do. But hey at least I'm getting to one person, sort of.
personally i play to peoples selfishness! so ill touch on the meny other aspects of why a vegan diet is great for every living animal and the planet itself, but i really push the personal health benifits. then when that starts to sink in and become excepted and then understood i start to emphasis a little more all the other wonderfull benafits! :) ~ if asked i ofcourse tell them about HCRV but the diet i push towards ppl is HCV. that way its not so far removed from their frame of mind about what constitutes a meal that they give up on the idea before they even think about giving veganism a try. in terms of what literature for this then yes, McDougall is great. there is also forks over knives which is really good because it pull references from caldwell, both esselstyn's, mcdougall, barnard and meny others. in the back of the book its also got doug graham and 811 referenced as well! ;) it comes as a book and a documentary...perfect! ;D
Yeah I'm starting to think this will be a long process to get them to HCRV. For the moment just making them aware of where their food comes seems like an impossible task in itself.
Thanks for the encouragement James.
my family is firmly meat and cheese loving and eating but has no problem with me being a vegan or only eating fruits... what i do is that I leave my food in the fridge or on the table next to them and what happens more and more often is that my parents or nephews are eating my dishes, whether it is fruit or veggies or a combination of both and there is no problem with it because IT IS DELICIOUS.
My strategy is to use their sweet tooth and love of food.
i just started the lifestyle so I am hoping when I get those great results and body changes they will get curious about it and try it to reap the same benefits...
hope it helps ! all the fruity best to you !
That's a pretty awesome family you got if they respect your lifestyle =D!
I do leave some food out and even shared my lettuce/banana smoothie with my 3 year old nephew the other day, but for the most part everyone still believes in a "balanced diet" with foods from every category: meat, cheese, grains, vegetables, small portion of fruit, all cooked except the fruit. The tradition of slaving over the stove to feed your family is very strong tradition in my family. That and the microwave.
Thanks a lot for your encouragement Cat.
Hey! Brian that is wonderful. Funny too. I took that approach also. I always insisted my kids eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Now I keep the dinning table full of fruit. I cooked SAD for everyone. My husband kept looking at me get healthier and healthier and he decided on his own he wanted to try cooked vegan. He now eats a lot more fruit and vegetables then ever.
Keep doing what you are doing. I rarely serve any mock meat meals...in fact I did once. Sandwich stuff. Mainly fresh veggies for dinner, low fat to no fat, beans, brown rice or purple, and sweet potatoes.
Well I more or less blew up the bridge to vegan-ism for my family by saying that eating only fruits and veggies is the way to go. By making such a gap between our diets even eating more fruit or eating less diary/meat is really difficult to bring to them. I am making some progress with my mother though because she is more open-minded, but the rest of my family is very set in their ways. Especially when they lose five pounds on "weight watchers" and have figured out all there is to know about food.
I truly believe fresh ripe fruit is the tastiest thing around and sadly only very young children get jealous when they see me eating a bowl of fruit.