View Full Version : Making the transition but still having to cook for my family
04-14-2006, 04:44 PM
I've just finished reading Alissa's book and several other books on raw foods. I am making the transition to 100% raw over time. I've been vegan for about 6 months after battling a lymphatic illness. I look forward to reading the posts on this website. They've already been really helpful.
Wondering if there are any other folks out there who are the only "raw" ones in their family? I still have to cook for my husband and 2 1/2 year old (although she loves going to raw restaurants with me!).
04-14-2006, 07:24 PM
Raising hand and waving... I have to cook for very SAD hubby.. it is gettng better to resist.. most days.. I find I am at my worst when tired or angry.
04-15-2006, 02:48 PM
Hello! :) I too cook for a husband and two children. But they have made a compromise...the only cooked food I make is something like apple/ rice flour muffins or omlets...or such. I hate meat! If they eat it...I get it precooked. :p The children are really good about it. They love fruit smoothies and I can throw veggies in and they are none the wiser. :D They also love raw veggies if they can have dip. So, I feel they are getting what they should. It's up to them to go 100% raw as they become adults. It's nothing I want to 'make' them do. ;) But after seeing the change in me (my moods, my skin, my weight) my husband has opted for a healthier food intake if not a raw one. :) So, even thought they are not 100 % raw...it's totally comfortable here at my home. ;)
04-15-2006, 08:05 PM
under one condition, have fun :)
04-24-2006, 02:37 PM
Welcome Welcome Welcome
04-24-2006, 02:49 PM
Yes indeed! My husband, luckily, is VERY open minded & supportive... so although he isn't raw, he's up for 3 or 4 raw meals eavery week. -and as many raw desserts as I want to make him. He eats everything though... he'll go vegan & raw for a full weekend, and then BBQ a few steaks for dinner Monday night. -yes.. I said "a few"! I have a 3 1/2 year old son & he isn't raw. He's a pretty picky eater.. eats lots of fruits, veggies when I hide them (in smoothies), but loves his chicken, crackers, and cheese too. I want to be an example for him though.. and maybe someday he'll make this decision on his own.
There are nights that I just can't be around what my husband is making though. The other night he made a BIG mac & cheese for him & our son... he put so much cheese in it.. it was from scratch & filled the whole house with smells while it was in the oven. I told him not to be offended but that it was going to be WAY too tempting for me... so I took a steam bath & a long shower while they ate. I find that as long as I'm up front & honest, then neither of us stresses.
How are you managing with needing to cook for them?
04-24-2006, 02:59 PM
so WHY is your 2 1/2 year old NOT raw? they are the easiest to convert, all kids love raw fruits and veggies.
and if you MUST cook for your hubby, then grill things outside, this way it doesn't ick up your house, and stove and kitchen, and you don't have to smell it all day. ICK
you can incorporate lots of raw things into his cooked life and he won't even know it, so tonight make a huge big salad with grilled chicken and some great spices, he'll love it, add some fresh fruit appetizer, and a fresh fruit dessert.
tomorrow, make a fettucini with pomodoro sauce, use regular spaghetti noodles, but make your sauces all raw, then start making 1/2 pasta and 1/2 veggies dishes, he won't even notice the change
if he likes meat and potatoes, fine, make them, but always have a big fresh garden salad first and some fresh fruit already cut up waiting for him BEFORE dinner is served, always have lots of cut fresh fruit and veggies on hand, have a veggie tray all cut up with a wonderful creamy cucumber and cashew dressing, and have that available,
make tacos, with lots of lettuce and fresh tomatoes and onion,and just a tad big of meat, or maybe refried beans, YES, these are cooked, but think of all o the veggies he will get fresh, just add lots of veggies and only a little meat to his meals, it will be so much easier to transition him over, and he wont' even know it's happening.
I did this with my hubby, and it's working great, if he wants a steak, fine he can have one, but I make sure we always have lots of fresh fruit cut up on a plate all day long and a veggie plate too, and we make tons of raw snacks and desserts too.
good luck and REMEMBER WHY YOU WANTED TO GO RAW IN THE FIRST PLACE!
04-25-2006, 09:57 PM
My 2 1/2 year old is about 75% raw because I give her the same food I make for myself most of the time, with the exception of grains, milk (soy and cow's milk) and dinner (which she eats with my husband so she wants whatever he is eating). Very good suggestions for what to cook. Thanks!
04-25-2006, 10:27 PM
I, too, cook for my family, although, they do eat quite a bit of raw with their cooked meals, sorta like what Raw Priestess said. That was such excellent advice I tell you.
I serve my family a huge garden salad (topped with chineese noodles) first with a bowl of fresh fruit as a centerpiece that they can munch on, too.
For the most part, I do double duty in the kitchen... raw and cooked. It can be done, and can also be alot of work, too.
04-26-2006, 01:32 PM
Yes! I just posted about that above actually. My husband thinks I'm a little nutty right now because of this whole raw thing. He wants nothing to do with eating raw.
I've been probably about 70% raw or so the past 8 days. I still eat dinner with the family, but I'm slowly transitioning to eating 100%. One of these days I'll get there!
My kids are not raw, because they are some of the pickiest kids on the planet! I hope eventually they'll all come around. I'm praying about it.
04-26-2006, 07:06 PM
I do double duty in the kitchen too, cooking for myself and my son (my husband is away several days out of the week and likes to cook for himself).
I've gotten my kid hooked on green smoothies for breakfast, and fruit for snacks (he loves mangoes, grapefruit, oranges). He also likes salads of all types. I just make sure to feed him raw stuff before most of his cooked meals.
Tomorrow, we are having gazpacho soup. I will have mine with some flax crackers, he will have a toasted bun.
When I make guacamole, I have mine with flax crackers, he will have his with regular corn chips.
When I make him tofu sandwiches for lunch, I pack on the lettuce, sprouts, etc.
So, raw can be incorporated into every cooked meal.
Also, children love growing sprouts. They are easy to grow and it's fun eating stuff you've grown yourself.
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