When I tell people I have changed our diet the first question is almost always centered on how the rest of the family is accepting it. My answer is generally “it depends on who you ask”. Since it has been one year since I forced them to watch Forks Over Knives this should be a good point to reflect on where we are as a family.
From the kids’ perspective they think all is well since they are trying the vegetables I prepare. I am happy about that, however, the amount they actually consume is quite small. Have they actually changed at all? Yes! In an earlier post I mentioned Flexible Bean giving up all dairy and his greatly improved complexion. Since then he does occasionally eat ice cream or a glass of milk, but has learned if he consumes too much the skin rashes come back. String Bean is at least trying vegetables and hopefully one day will eat more of them. Jumping Bean likes the un-tuna salad from Blissful Bites cookbook so I try to make it frequently so she can take it to school. Overall I feel they are making progress!
Have we gone completely vegan? The answer is yes and no. For about 9 months I tried being fairly strict about my diet and for the most part prefer when possible to be vegan. Recently I went gluten-free and decided to ease up on “no eggs” in food because GF baked goods work better with egg. As for the rest of the family they eat what I fix or conveniently disappear to a friend’s house. Since I don’t want my kids constantly mooching off the rest of the community I have started providing lean lunchmeat. Mr. Bean is much happier with vegan meals if he can have meat once a week and peace and harmony in the house is something to cherish.
We’ve made it one year and so far it seems to be working!