Confessions of a Raw Vegan Mama in Progress

3 May
“What’s a veganist? Someone who moves toward eating a plant based diet so that they are as physically healthy as they can be, environmentally friendly, and a kind and thoughtful human being. And it’s not about being pure or strict; it’s about being informed and having fun while living according to values like kindness and thoughtfulness. Truly, I believe in progress, not perfection!”
Kathy Freston, author of Veganist

So, this is me, a Raw Vegan Mama in progress:

1. When explaining vegetarianism to me for the first time, my Yoga teacher explained that meat-eaters tend to be more aggressive, while vegetarians tend to be more peaceful people. I often wonder what happened to Hitler. Wasn’t he a vegetarian?

2. I was a vegetarian for 6 years and now a raw vegan for 2 years. Will I want to add cooked foods to my diet soon?

3. I’m not that selfless: I altered my diet for the health benefits, not for animal rights. The environmental impact was a bonus!

4. I do live in a Raw Vegan Mama and Cooked Carnivore Daddy household but I don’t think it’s worth fighting with my family over food…

5. …because I know the power lies with the Mama in the kitchen who buys and prepares the food. So, my family eats 50% raw vegan foods, but they are not vegans nor vegetarians by choice.

6. To keep the peace, I do buy raw dairy and cook animal products for them a few times a week. But I make sure they are organic and/or wild and/or grass-fed.

7. When I do cook, it is mostly from scratch and mostly vegetarian. I even have a flour mill to mill our own grains.

8. Sadly, my family are not always happy about what I serve them: raw or cooked. Sigh. As my guinea pigs, I know when I’ve hit their limit when my wonderfully stingy husband suggests we eat out.

9. Being a new vegan, there are items in my home that are not so vegan-friendly. A cheapskate myself, I see no reason to throw them out.

10. Right now I want to create a raw vegan alternative that is more attractive and delicious, so that my family and friends will willingly eat or drink something raw vegan… and simply enjoy it.

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5 Responses to “Confessions of a Raw Vegan Mama in Progress”

  1. Jamie May 3, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    This all sounds so familiar. I am also the only raw vegan in my household, but always purchase grassfed organic meats for my family when they have hit their veggie limit. At times I do find it very stressful to please everyone and make separate meals, but I won’t give up on the health of my family because of it. I am hoping that one day my raw influences will rub off and they will be enjoying raw foods as much as I do 🙂

  2. Damaris @Kitchen Corners May 4, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    Hi, recently I found your blog and have been so intrigued. I am not vegan or a raw foodist but I do appreciate the efforts of those who are. Mainly I appreciate the efforts of all mamas who love tries to make delicious and nutritious food for their families however they deem best.

  3. maryanne June 29, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    It’s actually a myth that Hitler was vegetarian.
    I have meat eaters in my house too and so occasionally (about once or twice a fortnight) buy meat for them, usually when it’s something like burritos that I can make as one recipe and then just add meat to theirs.

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