Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Husband Is Upset That I'm Vegan

I've only been vegan for three weeks now and so far it's been great. I've only gone out to eat three times with my husband. Twice at PizzaRev and once at Chipotle. They are both fantastic for vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters. I told him that I am doing this for me and won't push it on him, especially because it is so new to me. Today, after being vegan for 3 weeks, my husband had a little freak out about how me being vegan is too extreme... not because of nutrients or health but because of convenience.

One of the funniest things he said is that I breath in dirty germ air so Im eating "animals" I couldn't help but laugh and told him I will try to stop breathing.

He said me being vegan affects him (I agree) and getting food won't be easy. He said it would be easy if we lived on a farm, but not in a city. I told him we live in Los Angeles, CA. It's an amazing place for a vegan. 

He said there are no quick meals. I said to eat a banana or mango or any other fruits/veggies we have. He said he does't want fruit or vegetables. So I said I can meal prep rice and potatoes and other things to make a quick meal. 

He asked me, "so if we were on the road and the only thing around for miles was a McDonalds, you wouldn't eat and you would starve?" I said that on a road trip I would be prepared. He said that if I had to choose McDonalds or starve... So I just said if we were in a situation where I had to eat McDonalds or die duh, I would eat something.

Him:The stuff on earth is meant to be eaten.
Me: It's disgusting. 
Him: So what, who cares?
Me: me.

He also said we need to make two different meals. for the first two weeks I was making meals (except for any meat he wanted... He usually cooked the meat and enjoys bbqing.) This week we both went to the grocery store, usually I have a list... he told me to just get whatever I felt like and he would get what he wanted... So thats what we did... So this week yes there has been separate meals, but I thought he wanted a week of fun whatever meals. Even when I wasn't vegan I would make a meal and give him all the meat most of the time.

I also told him that there are vegan recipes mimic anything and everything he or I could ever want. 

Update: (One month vegan tomorrow 9/9) A few days after him being angry, we had no food in the house.  He asked if I wanted to get food and where. I suggested VeggieGrill, an all vegan restaurant. He got a "chicken" burger and loved it. We also shared a carrot cake! Im glad that he is open to trying new foods. I get that its a big change and being able to talk openly about it really helps. I try to listen with an open mind and see it from his point of view. Im really happy that he's been supportive for the most part.

 I just thought the things he was saying to me were funny and wanted to share!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Becoming Vegan

Life Update:

I have talked about my eating habits and how I've been more conscious of what I eat by doing the Whole30 challenge. (Eating only whole foods for 30 days... no dairy, processed foods, beans, rice... basically just fruits, vegetables, eggs, and meat.)

On the whole30 I ate a lot more meat and eggs than I ever have. My first two weeks of being on Whole 30 I was miserable because I wasn't getting enough carbs. I could barely run 1/2 mile without feeling weak and like I was going to pass out. I had to suck it up and eat eggs and meat. I got use to it, but didn't really enjoy it.

(Some people feel and do great on Whole30 or other eating styles like that. I wasn't happy and didn't feel great, so I wanted a change for me.)

I decided to try a vegan diet when I realized that I was use to not eating the animal products I actually liked (cheese and chocolate). All I had to do was eliminate meat and eggs. I was able to add grain, quinoa, oats, pasta, beans... I am so much happier eating this way and even happier that no animals are harmed in the making of my food.

I have been learning a lot these past almost three weeks and Im excited to continue learning. I went to Pizzarev and had vegan pizza with vegan cheese. The cheese tasted so real it kind of freaked me out. I went again and got it without cheese and liked it even better... Yes, I think pizza is better without cheese. Haha. They are really great at Pizzarev and respectful towards vegans/vegetarians and also have gluten free options. I've learned that there is a vegan option for everything you can think of, which is amazing. I will be sticking with mostly natural foods until I build up courage to try more vegan processed mock stuff.