Great, and inspiring story Alicia ! Looks as though hubby is following your lead which is a good thing ! Seems you are leading by example rather than force, force never really works, or at least never works well.
I have had a very rocky road to VeganVille but I am so happy that I am here at last, and it will be my last dietary address !
I have loved animals my entire life, I regrettably grew up as an unloved and abused child, so the household cats were my babies, I fussed over them, dressed them, carried them about and slept with them. At age 19 while at college I decided out of the blue to go vegetarian. Did not know a blessed thing about it, only that there should be no steak, chicken or pork on the dinner table.
Being Italian, for an entire week I filled myself up on pasta va zool ( pasta fagiole ) and naturally I gained 5 pounds !!! Well, being a slim 110 pounds at the time and a college girl, that was not going to work, so I quit it.
At 24 I took it up again and remained vegetarian for 8 solid years no slips.
My slips and lapses were not due to any other reason on earth other than to be quite honest is that I suffer from an eating disorder, this is my 29th year with it, despite years of treatment. The disorder is far far stronger than any of my desires to remain meat free, and I spiralled in weight from a low of 103 to a high of 211 in the last 30 years.
Well, I made a promise to myself that this being my 50th year I would get it right no matter what it cost me, I would fight and win.
I went both wheat and sugar free, both substances cause terrible and uncontrollable cravings in me that I can not withstand, and now they are managable.
I simply can not participate in any level of the massive cruelty and horrors that take place on factory farms and end at the slaughterhouse.
That is my story - ugly as it , a bad start, but a lovely end !
'I think this heart has bled once too often, this time, it's bled a bit too much. Too much of anything is too much for me, too much and anything gets too much for me'
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I tell people that I am a backward vegan because I developed terrible heartburn every time I had anything dairy. Even if it was baked, so I dropped that although people said there were pills to take for that. I thought - if my body is saying it doesn't like something why would I force it to accept it. Anyway, I had read Skinny B*tich and the Kind Diet and I really, really hated to eat anything that had feelings like me and yet had no life because humans said so. Anyway, I was also listening to the podshow - the compassionate cook and since I wasn't having any dairy it was very easy to give up all the other animal-based products. My DH is totally supportive of my choice although he still has meat from time to time it really isn't as much as he use to either. I think as long as I keep adding wonderful tasting dishes he will be giving up meat without even noticing he did.
Lots of people who know me find it really surprising because in the past I could go months and months and never even look at a vegetable or fruit and yet I am now vegan. I usually answer that it just goes to show that if I can go vegan then anyone can do it. That's my tale.
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