Is anyone here married or have children and trying to eat low fat raw vegan while your family members eat *whatever*?
I'm trying to figure out what to do...
I've been vegetarian most of my life and now for the past 30 days I have been low fat raw vegan thanks to Freelee's 30 day challenge! But my husband eats omnivore style - he eats anything. I don't buy or cook him meat though, so he only gets that when he goes out to eat or if we go to a dinner party or something. He's great that he goes along with my veggie ways when we're at home. :) But I don't think he's going to go for this raw vegan stuff. I mean, he'll do it for some meals, but not all of them, if you know what I mean!
He really likes smoothies, green smoothies, banana ice cream, and he'll even eat some of my Savory Veggie Stews that I make. But sometimes he wants more than that, so I've been making him McDougall style dinners. I just started this week, actually. But I have an old McDougall cookbook and they have a ton of free recipes on their website too... and everything that I've ever made out of their cookbook has tasted great! So I figure that is good for my hubby - high carb/ low fat/ vegan most of the time. But it's kind of a pain to make 2 separate meals, even if my meal is super easy to make. And sometimes we don't end up eating at the same time. He can finish his meal a lot faster than I can! haha!! It can take a lot of time to chew up the huge volumes of food that I have to eat! :) I'm just wondering if anyone else has dealt with this and what you have chosen to do. I sometimes wonder if it would be better for me to just eat fresh fruit for breakfast and lunch and then eat the McDougall style dinner with my hubby. But I really like the way I've felt with being 100% raw for the past month. My mind is clearer; my skin is softer; my belly is flatter. :) RIght now I'm leaning towards staying raw, but I remember Durianrider saying High Carb Raw Vegan is GOLD and High Carb Cooked Vegan is SILVER. So maybe Silver is good enough because is would allow us to eat together as a family! Torn...
I am the same, but due to having to work to pay rent we (wife and I) never get breakfast together but I will always share smoothies and juice, we both have salad for lunch and she has cooked in the evening. We will always sit together as I think its important for families, just save a bit of your dinner to eat at the same time.
Thanks for the reply Jon! I remember reading somewhere else on here that someone has a "fruit first" rule. That is, they eat fruit first, and then their cooked dinner. I think that is a good idea too.
Thats what helped me into it, when you fill up on the good stuff, other food doesn't seem that appealing,
I went raw for 6 months and felt amazing but went back to cooked vegan and now my baby is 1 year old. I'm really interested in getting more raw food in my diet but I do have the same problems. I found that raw food took so long to eat and I'd spend a lot of my day eating. I'm a very slow eater anyway and even slower with fruit and salads. I don't really have time for this with a baby. I do make smoothies but I literally spend all morning drinking smoothies. Surely it can't be good for my teeth to be constantly eating like this?
Yeah, simple raw meals don't take a long time to prepare, but they do take a long time to eat!! I know what you mean!
He does that a lot actually. He's not much of a chef though. But I thought if I made him some good tasting low fat vegan meals, then that would be good for his health. It is nice to sit down and eat a meal together as a family too.
Well, eating cooked vegan is VERY cheap. Vegetables are inexpensive, so boiling veggies and creating ways to gets your family to eat them is great! Treat the family with fresh fruit after dinner so it's like they're getting "stuffed" and to help with digestion. I would encourage your family to eat COOKED vegan, and let them decide if raw vegan is the way-to-go.
Awesome - thanks Cassie!!
Good news - my hubby has been "considering" eating raw vegan. He has terrible memory problems and it is driving him crazy. I told him I have more mental clarity eating low fat raw vegan and that he could give this 30 day challenge a try with me. So he's been talking about it as least, which is more than I ever thought he would do!! He is concerned with having to give up pizza for the rest of his life, eating raw for the rest of his life, etc. I told him that's why you do a 30 day challenge - because you're not giving it up forever, you're just doing it for 30 days as an experiment. I also mentioned to him that he could do raw for breakfast and lunch and then eat cooked vegan for dinner. I agree that it would be good to just help him get to the vegetarian and vegan way of eating first and then see if he wants to go on to raw. Hardly anyone transitions overnight and stays that way! A transitional approach is good, if there are no major health issues.
I'm doing it!! I'm eating pretty darn close to 100% hcrv! It is sooo much easier now because my tastebuds have changed/ are changing. I am still cooking for my husband and occasionally I'll have a little taste of what I have cooked for him - just to see if it tastes good, or whatever. I'm just talking about 1 little bite and that is it. So I made him some tofu bacon stuff to make tofu bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. I had a little taste of the tofu bacon and it tasted AWFUL! It just tasted burned/ like charcoal to me. But hubby loved it, ate all of it, said it tasted great and wants me to make more of it! Now his palate is definitely not as refined as mine, but I don't think I burned it or anything because he really thought it tasted good! So there's my first evidence of taste buds changing. Next evidence: I made some homemade raw salsa with tomatoes, red onions, cilantro and lime juice. I grabbed one of my husband's tortilla chips so I could dip it in my salsa and see if it tasted good. Well, the salsa tasted fine, but the tortilla chip? Well, it tasted dry, stale and well... flavorless. THIS IS AMAZING! Chips and salsa used to be one of my favorite things to eat! How can it not taste good to me? Holy moly! So I am pretty happy about this. Eating raw is going to be soooo much easier now that cooked food doesn't taste good anymore! So here's what has worked for me. I started transitioning about 10 or 11 months ago. Then about 3 months ago I took Freelee's 30 day challenge and I did it! Then I had a family vacation and slip ups and major cravings for well, mostly condiments like mustard and pickles so I slipped up the next month. And then I started another 30 day challenge 26 days ago. I am just so excited that my old favorites won't be tempting me much anymore because they just don't taste good! What does this mean for my hubby and me? Well, I don't know. I guess I will continue to cook him vegan meals and eat my salads for dinner. And he is always willing to partake in some banana ice cream with me. :) It is interesting eating hcrv and cooking meals for my hubby. It's like I have to divide my brain into 2 parts. The HCRV part of me and then the part of me that cooks for my hubby. Because I'll be looking for a good recipe for hubby and imagine in the one part of my brain if it will taste good or not. But the other part of my brain is saying, no! hahaha