View Full Version : How to get meat out of my husbands diet?
01-09-2009, 09:13 AM
Hi, my husband is a diabetic and he's watched the Simply Raw Video! It really woke him up, but in about a week it's like he never saw the video! So does anyone know of any good recipes I can do to replace his meat! I've heard of raw burgers, but I would like to find some easy recipes because I don't have alot of time on my hands!
Another thing is I live in a small area where I have to drive about 45-55 miles to get to an organic store to get some things in some recipes. Some recipes are hard to make because I have to ask myself if I have it, if I can get it at our store in town or if I have to wait until we can get it from the organic store!
So does anyone know of any easy recipes to replace meat with that men will love!
Thanks have a fruitful day!
Walnut Taco Meat is yummy... I love pates. Especially Alissa's Mock Salmon Pate!
I also find that things like pesto-stuffed mushrooms and calzones are very filling.
Do you have Alissa's book? If not, maybe one of us can dig up the quantities for you. :)
As for the meat, just giving my two cents which may not necessarily apply to your situation... Unfortunately -- even if you have his best concern in mind -- he has to be the one to really want to ditch the meat if it's a real, permanent choice. But I LOVE the idea of adding more tasty recipes that he will enjoy. By default and without any genuine trickery, adding lots of dense yummies might just take away room in his belly for meat. :)
01-09-2009, 09:53 AM
Yes, I have Alissa's recipe book!
01-09-2009, 09:58 AM
I have been through this with my husband. He used to be a very big meat eater. Meat and potatoes every night for supper. I first went raw three and a half years ago, and while I have strayed from the path, I always come back. I would be happy to talk with you more about your husband.
The first thing to realize is that just because you feel compelled to eat this way, he may not and trying to force it on him will only cause strife. Some people may not agree with me, but that is what I have experienced personally. You can not make him eat raw. You can, though, be a very positive example and continue to offer him choices other than meat. For our house this has been a process. My hubby is still not raw, and claims that he never will be, but he now eats a mostly vegetarian diet. I rarely cook meat. Maybe once a month, for him now, where it used to be every night. That is HUGE for him! He eats a lot of fruits and veggies now, where before he never did. I never thought we would be where we are today, never thought he would be happy eating mostly vegetarian. So it is great!
Anyways, while I know that you want to feed him raw, he may not do it. You could always try just substituting vegetarian meals for him in place of the meat. Again, I realize that this is a raw foods board, and while I do think that raw vegan is best, even if you can get him to eat vegetarian meals instead of meat that will help.
01-09-2009, 10:23 AM
That's right IamLoved! I've thought the same thoughts it's just I'm trying to find ways to replace his meat. Not to make him eat it! I'm trying to find recipes to make that he'll love and want me to make! Then he'll see how filling they are and may decide to stop eating meat or inleast decrease meat in his diet! I know it would be easier on him taking small steps instead of him taking big ones! I'm just trying to find out what I can do because I know it's the meat that's one of the main reasons for his blood sugar problems! I don't want to loose my husband like his mom lost his father!
He may be interested in reading "The China Study" - my husband just finished it and he felt better about his decision to give up meat soon after reading it. *Ü*
01-09-2009, 10:49 AM
If you would like I can email you and let you know what I have done. I wold need your email address though. Since it is not raw related I don't want to post it on this board out of respect to Alissa. It is those baby steps that help when you are interested in their health and they won't go raw.
I second the China Study, if he will read it. Mine wouldn't.
01-09-2009, 10:55 AM
I don't think there is much you can do, he will need to want to stop eating meat in my opinion. I think the best and only way is to just lead by example and like others are suggesting find some recipes that might be somewhat close. I know this is not healthy but maybe for a while you can introduce alternative meats, but that is not the healthiest either.
01-09-2009, 10:56 AM
IamLoved, here is my e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org thanks for your help! It will help me out alot! It sounds great!
01-09-2009, 12:32 PM
Although I knew the health reasons for going vegan, ethical reasons were what ultimately compelled me to give up meat and go vegan. Once I learned how animals are treated in factory farms I knew that I could never support the meat/dairy/egg industry again. Sadly, I cared more about animals and other people than myself.
01-10-2009, 02:30 AM
Sure he's old enough to do what he wants to do and if you can't get to him any other way. I would take him to a Convelesant Home and see the effect Diabetes can have on your life such as Blindness, Kidney Failure, Stroke, Loss of Toes, Feet and Legs, just to name a few.
01-10-2009, 08:29 AM
01-10-2009, 04:39 PM
My husband already knows what diabetes can do to him, his father lost a leg and his life from it! Its just he's always used food for comfort and food his whole life has been like his hobby! Food is what makes him happy, which is wrong! He needs to find other hobbies that make him happy besides food. He thinks he would starve on this diet because he thinks he'll starve without meat! That's his main fillment is meat! So that's why I thought I could try some recipes for replacing meat with! Just for him to try and normally when I do that if he likes it he ask me to make it for him! Just like how he askes me to make him raw pie's instead of eating those in the stores! I'm not going to try to force him, just some recipes for him to try and maybe like!
Thanks everyone for your help! Have a fruitful weekend!
01-10-2009, 04:48 PM
Heavy nut-based recipes will give him the fulfillment he is used to getting through meat. Have you tried making nut loafs and the walnut taco meat?
01-12-2009, 08:34 AM
Not yet! That's what I'm wanting to do, I was just wanting to know of some recipes that I know others like! I thought it would be more of a chance of him liking it too! Thanks everyone! Have a fruitful day!
01-12-2009, 09:49 AM
Does he want to go raw or is he just wanting to take meat out of his diet?
01-13-2009, 11:14 AM
Not 100% yet, but I think when we find good recipes for replacing is meat, I'll then find other recipes to replace other foods, were he'll love it all and it will get easier for him! I think a step at a time will be easier for him! Plus even if he don't want to go 100% I'll inleast be increasing raw food in his diet and getting him to be more vegan!
Thanks have a fruitful day!
01-13-2009, 12:05 PM
Suggestion: Suggest to him to eat what you make. IF, after doing so, he's still hungry and still wants meat, tell him to enjoy it!
That's what I did to not eat junk food. Ate something healthy, if I still wanted it, I had permission (my own) to eat it. I never did.
Part of the fear goes beyond being hungry and he surely wont be starving ~ it's often not having that feeling of fullness (often overfullness) and also never having that thing he's craving in his mind which he thinks he'll never be able to have again.
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