OMG after my 4 years of being vegan, 2 years raw vegan, and 18 months low fat raw vegan, my hubby said to me this week "I don't see myself every being able to eat meat again". We went out last night and even when faced with a fave meal of his (chicken and avocado salad), he went for a vegetarian option!
Only once (about 2 years ago) did I try to show him the TRUTH about what goes on in the poultry industry, and we got into a big argument. He simply did not want to know, and I couldn't understand why that was. The equivalent of him covering his ears and saying "lalalala I can't hear you" :)
So, I decided just to be a positive example for him and keep bringing fruit into the house. We have bowls of apples, oranges, and grapes on the counter, and the fridge is full of fruit and veg. - Now off the whey protein powder and onto pea protein powder.
- Now off the sugary cereal onto oatmeal with sugar. Then he stopped adding sugar and now just adds raisins and cinnamon.
- He's gone from eating fast food every week to once per month-ish
- He's gone from eating candy/chocolate several times per week to once every few months
And I'm not perfect by any meals, I'm still on my journey to get enough fruit in so that I can be 100% raw. And I need to eat more greens.
BUT.... here's some hope for everyone who lives with meat-eaters - CHANGE WILL HAPPEN. Just continue to be the positive example.
great stuff to hear and congrats to both of you!!
well done on your approach too!
Power to the Example!
hellicat, Congratulations and thanks for sharing! There is hope! Peace, PK
Very pleased to hear this great news Hellicat!
I've been vegetarian for about 22 years and vegan/lfrv for about 18 months. My son has been brought up vegetarian from birth - he's almost 7 now. My partner ate meat (outside our home) right up until about a year ago. I asked him to watch Earthlings on my computer and he has not eaten meat since! He decided late last year to go vegan along with our son after a discussion with me because I had started to feel intensely upset about the damage dairy was doing to my son and also how cruel the dairy and egg industries are.
I really couldn't believe it, that he agreed to follow a vegan diet but he has honestly stuck to it so far. I don't think he yet reads all the labelling on a product but at least when we're out he asks for vegan food/asks for no butter or cheese, etc. so it is great progress. This evening he just told me that he had eaten 4 bananas today so you never know - he may try 80/10/10 but I won't hold my breath!!!
Hey Xenia, he's actually made a LOT of positive changes over the last couple of years. When we married, he never worked out (except the occasional game of soccer or cricket), he never ate breakfast, and he ate chicken at least once per day. He has noticed improvements in his sleep, energy levels etc but since everything happened together it's quite difficult to attribute them to one single factor.
He hasn't lost weight but he has gained muscle (I can feel it in his upper body especially). Not sure about lighter in spirit and body.... he doesn't yet have the self-awareness for that kind of insight. But he's getting there, the champ :)