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The husband turing vegan… or at least vegetarian?

Posted on: June 20, 2011

When I posted my first update here yesterday, I mentioned that we went to Wendy’s for lunch.  And the challenge with fast food colliding directly with a vegan diet.  There are very few vegetarian, let alone vegan, options at most fast food chains.  Especially for the kids – and my kids will eat salad!  But that’s another story.

So, we went to Wendy’s after a couple of games of bowling.  The kids got their chicken nugget kids meals, I ordered my salad with no chicken and no cheese (and those stupid lactose laced candied pecans!)  What did the husband order… a Classic Double with Cheese and a Crispy Chicken sandwich.  While I enjoyed my salad – the pomegranate vinaigrette dressing is really tasty – he ate his burger.  While eating he kept looking at it and certainly didn’t look like he was really enjoying it.  Then he made the comment, “well, we’ll see how I feel after eating this…”

Rewind a couple of weeks – the husband was home sick with a nasty flu.  So, he spent some time just surfing around the internet and for some reason he found himself watching the PETA videos about beef processing and how chicken nuggets/patties are made.  He says he has no recollection of how he got to these videos – but based on what he’s usually looking at on the internet (cars, video games, the next bigger better TV that he wants) those links wouldn’t just show up.  He had to have searched them out (but just wouldn’t admit it!)  Then a couple of days later he was eating something with beef on it and said all he could think about was the cow from the video!

Now, I have seen both of these videos before – and told him about the material they contained and how we weren’t going to get chicken nuggets/patties any more, especially for the kids.  But, now that he watched them himself – he’s informing me about all these terrible nasty things, like I had no idea!  He’s had chicken sandwiches a few times since then – and every time he gets a big gross bite of gristle or bone.  He had to admit yesterday afternoon that he didn’t really feel very good after eating that burger and chicken sandwich!

He has even started ordering the vegetable burrito when he goes out with his work friends for lunch instead of the giant steak burrito – he does still add the sour cream and cheese though.  I think he has been pleasantly surprised that many of the things that we’ve tried so far are actually really tasty, despite their lack of meat and dairy.    Though he’s not one to easily admit those things out loud!  I requested The China Study from the library again so that he can have a chance to read it, and hopefully it will help lean him away from the dairy too.  I also think that we’re heading down the road of veganism at the right time – there have been so many ‘strides’ in the areas of meat and cheese replacements.  And, with the internet available to search out new recipes and ideas it’s easier to find things that my family will enjoy and even love!

Thank you internet!

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