I have a friend whose husband wants the family to start eating vegan. My friend isn’t quite sure how to pull it off.
Vegan is different than vegetarian. Some might say it is an extension.
“why VEGAN? Veganism, the natural extension of vegetarianism, is an integral component of a cruelty-free lifestyle. Living vegan provides numerous benefits to animals’ lives, to the environment, and to our own health–through a healthy diet and lifestyle.”
“what is a VEGAN? A vegan (pronounced VEE-gun) is someone who, for various reasons, chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products. While vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods, vegans also avoid dairy and eggs, as well as fur, leather, wool, down, and cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals.”
“EATING VEGAN In starting the transition to a vegan diet, there are a few different strategies. Some people shift into a vegan diet slowly, starting with vegan ‘analogues’— plant-based foods whose taste resembles animal products. Others simply take out the animal products from their diet and replace them with plant foods with which they’re already familiar. Still others concentrate on experimenting with entirely new vegan foods, often from international cuisines. Thankfully, there is no shortage of vegan foods to help make the transition. In fact, most of the food we eat is vegan, without us knowing it!”
These are my mom friend’s concerns:
So she is looking for advice and recipes about how to make this healthy transition for her family without it being too complicated, without it creating holes in her children’s nutrition, and without it being gross – ie products that are fake and man-made as substitutes for animal products.
I think this process is more doable than before thanks to the internet. I think a mother wanting to do this would have to spend a lot of time reading articles, looking at websites and sorting through recipes to find ones that her family would be willing to accept.
I did some more poking around on the Vegan.org site and it has a lot of good information and links out to other sites – such as restaurants that serve vegan.
I found advice for replacing eggs in recipes as well as basic foods a family can start with. Some of the stuff was pretty obvious — a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
I think it gets harder when you try real recipes and not just individual foods.I stopped by yesterday and my friend was making a birthday soup for her husband with peas and zucchini. It’s tough to make a creamy soup without any cream! She was also making his birthday cake vegan — again icing is really tough if you’re not using dairy products. She was still working on it when I left. It wasn’t quite right.
Has your family made the transition to vegan? How did you do it? Do the kids mind? Did it hurt their nutrition – ie were they getting enough protein from other sources? How did you measure? What is your advice for families trying veganism out?
Would you consider veganism for your family?