My Family’s 30 Day “Go Go Vegan” Challenge

It’s been about two years since I started this blog. The first time around, I didn’t Go Go Vegan for very long. I caved to the negative pressures of others and didn’t go about the right way.

This time is going to be DIFFERENT!

The important thing is, this time needs to be different. Over the last two years, my health and that of my husband and three kids has not improved at all. In reality, my husband and I are both as big as we’ve ever been and his blood work is not good at all!

A Refresher

A friend of mine recently posted an article on Facebook about a guy that went on a plant-based diet and got off 19 medications in 6 months! I was super impressed because I really want that for my husband. After I read the article, I realized I was on the website for Forks Over Knives. It had been two years since I first saw the movie, but decided to watch it again.

I was hooked yet again! I watched Forks Over Knives TWICE in 24 Hours. Then I started branching out to all the other movies like it on Netflix.

I watched Vegucated, Food Matters, and Hungry for Change. The more movies I watched and the more reading I did, the more I got excited!

A Quiet Commitment

More than just getting excited, I became more and more convinced that I needed to make this change for my family.

My goal was to attack my husband’s poor health, but I knew I could only really change myself. I hoped to just be a shining example and let my success win him over.

My plan was to quietly just make the change myself. Over the following few days, I just started skipping the meat and leaving the dairy out whenever possible of things I ate at home. A couple family members made comments and teased me a little but it wasn’t any big deal.

Then when my husband and I took our kids out for Mexican and I picked a vegetarian burrito off the menu, I think a switch flipped in my husband’s brain.

Out of the blue, my husband said “Ok, I’ll make you a deal. For the next 30 days, I’ll eat whatever you tell me to eat. At the end of 30 days, we’ll see how it went and decide if we want to keep doing it.”

WOW! To say I was shocked would be an understatement!! Thrilled beyond belief is more like it!

Having my husband support means the world to me, and having him trust me enough to lead him in this journey to better health is incredible!

The Challenge

So now the challenge begins. Actually, it began yesterday.

I am trying to stay as close to vegan as I can, but I’m cooking mainly Low-Fat Vegetarian for my family. I still plan to keep the dairy to a minimum, and keep the junk food out of here. I would be thrilled if my husband and I were both plant-based/vegan/whatever you want to call it because I believe that is the healthiest for us both. For now, I’m just easing everyone else into it all.

I’ll be posting about our 30 Day Challenge here along with our progress and some of the food we’re eating.

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