15
Feb

Married to a Meat Eater

I first met my husband in the spring of 2013. We shared a meal at...Texas Roadhouse. I believe we both had steak. Fast forward 3 years and oh how the tides have turned! In November of 2016 Jerrod, the husband, decided he wanted to lose weight and being the supportive (and also obese) wife that I am I decided that I too would try and lose some weight. I vowed to cook healthier meals. After a couple weeks browsing healthy recipes online I came across a few vegetarian and vegan cooking blogs that I fell in love with. One was actually the blog of a good friend of mine, Cookie + Kate. The others are The Minimalist Baker, Love and Lemons, and Oh She Glows. If you haven't heard of these bloggers go check them out ASAP!

 

After trying recipes from theses sites it finally dawned on me that animal products are completely unnecessary for healthy whole food meals. Light bulb! At this point it was the beginning of December and my husband was starting to ask the dreaded "where's the meat?" question and so I had to confess...I am going vegan. He was upset, and not just a little upset, but irrationally upset. I had changed the game on him. The girl he met, and fell in love with over countless meals of steak and ribs and roast is giving up meat? And not just meat but cheese, eggs, milk, all of it? He was shocked.

 

I had to help him see how this was the best way we could be healthy. I started by doing my own research on plant based diets and the animal agriculture industry. I was shocked. What started out as a health kick had turned me into an advocate for animal rights, the environment, sustainability and the American health crisis. I had to show my husband what I had found out. We watched endless documentaries like Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy, Planted Nation and many more. I talked to him every day about the evils of processed foods and brought up the gruesome facts about animal slaughter on a daily basis. He remained adamant that he's still a meat eater and that he hates the word VEGAN and associates it with 'extremist weirdos'. Easy fix, we no longer say meals are vegan, we just refer to them as Plant Based. It was incredible. Not only does he enjoy his new plant based diet he has even started singing it's praises to those he works with.

 

It took a long time, a lot of education (on both our parts) and persistence but we finally found a balance we can live with. I cook only plant based, animal free meals and he loves them. Then if he still wants meat he can either make it himself or he can order animal products if we go out to eat. Compromise, the key to a happy marriage! Then, just as I was settling into the idea that my husband was at least going to be vegan 90% of the time we went out for a treat to a bakery. I have been craving donuts for months. Going vegan I gave up my once a week donut habit. My husband then googled vegan bakeries and we were off to Green Goodies in Oklahoma City, about a 20 min drive from our home. We got there and unfortunately they didn't have donuts but I did get a really good cupcake and the best part of the trip...my husband chose a vegan cupcake over the traditional ones! Happy dance, this is working! He admitted that it tasted great "just like the real thing". I saw my opportunity so the next day we went to breakfast, he let me pick and I chose a vegan friendly coffee shop, The Red Cup in Oklahoma City. And again he chose the vegan option all on his own! He's still singing the praises of the vegan burrito and has declared we'll be going back next weekend!

I am not so naive as to think he's never going to eat animal products again but he's given me so much hope. He obviously believes in the things I've been saying and is doing an amazing job of respecting my beliefs when he eats with me. He admitted he can't even remember when the last time he ate meat was! I know he would never have come around to the plant based diet if I had declared that it was my way or starve. I am pretty sure the biggest influence on his new perspective of plant based food is that I make sure that we are having a variety of healthy and delicious dinners almost every night. This way we are enjoying the experience of trying new things together and learning what we like as we go. So my advice to all those meat-eater partners is patience, education and acceptance of your partners choices.

 

13
Feb

Juice Cleanse - A First Timer's Experience

Are you considering detoxing for health, happiness, wellness, cleansing, mindfulness, superpowers....all of the above? Can juicing your fruits and vegetables really accomplish these things? As an new 'health' convert I decided to find out for myself if this juicing fad was all it's followers claimed to be. I started by watching the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, a full length documentary about the world of juicing and it's many health benefits. The film follows it's creator, Joe Cross, as he goes from "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" to a healthy weight and body as he does a vegetable and fruit juice only diet for 60 days followed by several months of a whole foods plant based diet. Over the course of the 60 days Joe manages to lose about 100 lbs and is well enough to be taken off all his medication for his chronic condition. The movie also follows the juice fast of Iowa truck driver Phil Staples as he too juices for 60 days and loses over 100 lbs. The documentary is very motivational and both my husband and I had a powerful 'we could do that!' reaction to the juice fast diet.

 

After watching the documentary (and it's sequel Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2) on Netflix I did some googling on the health benefits of juicing. I went first to the popular blog The Blender Girl and found her touting the major health benefits of a seasonal 3 day juice cleanse. She offers guides on how to cleanse for each season.

 

In the end I have found that there are just too many conflicting opinions on the subject to say definitively if Juice Fasting is everything that it claims to be. We decided to give it a try and see for ourselves.

 

On February 6th, 2017 my husband and I embarked on what we hoped would be a 10 day juice only fast. I started by purchasing a $5 juicer from our local Goodwill (second hand is best for the environment!). With juicer in hand we began our journey. I also checked out the book Reboot with Joe: Juice Diet for recipes and motivation.

 

  • Day 1 - We opted to start the fast with the drink made famous in Joe Cross's movie - The Mean Green. The juice consists of apples, cucumbers, celery, apples, kale, lemons and ginger. More veggies than I've ever had for breakfast! Review - Not Too Shabby. While you can discern each individual flavor in the drink they somehow all work well together. The apples lend a sweet quality while you get a kick of spice from the ginger root. This drink remains to be my favorite of all the juices we tried. Day 1 was difficult for me emotionally. I didn't have any temptations, I wasn't around any other food, even opting to skip my coffee shop routine in favor of staying in bed to work and read in peace, sans croissant and doughnut temptation. But even without distractions my body craved food. I wouldn't have called it hunger, but more of a deep desire to eat something solid.
  • Day 2 - Woke feeling refreshed, had a relatively good nights sleep. Ready for my breakfast of another juice. This time it was a delicious concoction including pineapples! Breakfast was the highlight of my day, after that I quickly plummeted into a dark mood that wouldn't lift. That night I barely slept at all, maybe getting a sparse few hours sleep leaving me with no energy the following morning.
  • Day 3 - No energy. Horrible mood. Yearning to eat something, anything. Late in the afternoon I started to experience sharp jabs of pain in my lower abdomen. I googled pain and juice fasting without any search results. With the support of my husband and my online community I decided to power through and continue with the fast.
  • Day 4 - This is the day all the resources said I would feel a turn in mood. Enlightenment and joy would fill me up. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I felt nothing like enlightenment and joy. I felt hunger, anger, resentment, and I was exhausted. By 11am I had hit my limit. I immediately called my mother and arranged to have lunch. I showed up at her house at 11:30, devoured a delicious green apple then proceeded to feast on vegan thai curry. And it might have been the best curry I've ever eaten. Ever.

 

So I made it 3.5 days on my juice fast and my husband decided to end his fast that same night. We toasted our good effort with homemade gluten free/vegan flatbread pizza and it was divine. What did I learn from this experience? I learned the following things:

  • The human body is truly an amazing entity. It has the power to heal itself and the power to express what it needs to function.
  • That I can do anything with the help of my support system. If I had only listened to my husband and online support group I would have continued on with the fast for at least a while longer, I instead chose to follow what my body was telling me, but I am grateful that I had the support of so many strong independent men and women cheering me on!
  • Fasting is not for me at this point in my health journey.
  • I will make having a homemade juice a part of my everyday routine in order to boost my fruit/veggie intake, while still eating a balanced plant based whole foods diet.
  • If you are planing a juice fast my rookie advise is to get a support system in place first. I wouldn't have made it past Day 1 without mine!

Have a healthy day guys!

Allison Bost, MSW

This Tiny House Wife

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27
Jan

Review: Forks Over Knives the Movie

Recently I have been becoming more interested in the food choices I make for myself and for my husband. About two months ago I gave up all animal products and adopted a vegan diet. For my husband this meant he was giving up about 90% of the animal products in his diet with the exception of milk in his protein shakes and the occasional tuna fish sandwich. We are both obese individuals and made these changes in order to loss weight. Very quickly after adopting this lifestyle we began seeing results. For my husband he's lost almost 30lbs in the past 2 months and for myself I've lost at least 15 lbs just by eliminating animal products.
Earlier this week I picked up a copy of a new magazine called Forks Over Knives and it really got me thinking about the amount of processed foods we still have in our diet. I was curious enough to watch the Forks Over Knives movie on Netflix and I will be forever changed.

This movie presents powerful information about the link between health and diet. The documentary centers around two doctors, Dr. Caldwell Essesltyn and Dr. Colin Campbell. Experts in their field they lay out the correlations between animal products and processed foods with poor health. The film debunks the myth perpetuated by the animal industries that people do not need meat for a source of protein, nor do we need to obtain calcium from animal milk. In fact they presented information about how drinking animal milk causes excess acid in the body which the body balances by leeching calcium from bones. There have found to be more cases of hip fractures, a sign of osteoporosis, in countries that consume the largest amount of animal milk.

Another powerful message was the link between animal fats and heart disease. The fats from animals build up in the arteries and cause blockages. If people are willing to undergo heart bypass surgery, an extremely dangerous surgery, why aren't more people willing to adopt a whole food plant based diet? We are a nation of Fast Food and Convenience Food and that is what is killing us.

Lastly a very small portion of the film hit on the environmental impact of the current Stand American Diet (SAD). Some facts include that we have destroyed 20% of the rain forest in the last few decades. And it takes 10 times the amount of fossil fuel to produce 1 calorie of animal food than plant based food.

If you haven't seen Forks Over Knives I cannot recommend this film enough. It's on Netflix right now. Go. Watch. Be enlightened, and make smart choices!

Thoughtfully your,

Allison Bost

This Tiny House Wife

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