Living as a Vegan with an Omnivore Husband

Let me preface this entry by saying that I am still battling being a 100% vegan.   I follow a predominantly vegan diet, eliminating all but the occasional dairy and eggs.    Now I can tell you that the only eggs I eat are the ones beautifully stuffed inside of Morningstar’s frozen concoctions, which I depend way too heavily on as a primary source of nutrition.    I also eat the occasional goat cheese and skim milk, although that is usually when I forget to ask for my preferable soy mocha and habitually say non-fat.   Nevertheless, I am fighting every day to perfect the practice of eliminating all animal products in our primarily animal produce driven society.
In addition to my struggles as a vegan, my husband is – you guessed it – an omnivore.   I must say however, that I am very proud of his clean eating habits and the prevalence that plant-based foods have in his diet.    Despite his high fruit and veggie intake, I often joke that he eats enough meat for the both of us and that my reduced carbon imprint is ever so undone.  This is a fact I have hardly given much thought to mainly because he is an athlete.   Now it is not impossible for athletes to choose Vegetarian or even Vegan diets, but it is a far more intensive planning process when it comes to preparing balanced meals; and rather impossible when every other meal you consume is out of a baseball stadium.
As a Cuban-American, born to a Cuban “redneck” with hobbies that include hunting and fishing, you can imagine the resistance I received when I initially decided to become a vegetarian about 5 years ago.   My road towards becoming a Vegan has had its ups and downs, mostly due to peer pressure and the sporadic periods of laziness when it came to the preparations involved – this is usually when I waived a white flag despite my gut telling me something different (Pun intended).
Being a vegan takes dedication and planning.   When on the road I have to plan out what I am going to eat because most restaurants now a day are not exactly Vegan friendly.   I tend to live off of sides, which I don’t mind and when my husband and I cook dinner we usually just make him a lean protein and enough sides for the both of us.    Baseball games for example are a place where I often find myself eating a big fat pretzel due to lack of planning and hours of sitting on a cranky stomach.   Stadiums don’t exactly serve veggie burgers or fruit for that matter and even though I try my best to eat in advance, day games can be a tough one to sit through without a bite.
I often get asked why I am a Vegan.   I honestly have so many answers to that question that I have a hard time knowing where to start.    I usually tell people that if you do enough research, I would find it hard to believe that you wouldn’t consider becoming one yourself.   I have read too many books and watched too many documentaries not to make the change.   I always felt like Veganism found me and not the other way around.   If you are interested in learning why being a Vegan is the ideal way of life, I would urge you to read the book “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer and watching a few documentaries such as “Forks over Knives” and “Food, Inc.”   If you can sit through all these educational resources without your conscious telling you that something about eating animals isn’t entirely right, then we probably would never be BFFs.   😉   I am all about offering knowledge up to people and giving them the opportunity to make their own educated decisions.   I have not turned any of my family on to veganism and I don’t intend to force anyone to do so.  Most of my friends eat meat with enthusiasm but that doesn’t mean I need to.
In an attempt to oblige all, my goal this season is to start cooking more and preparing veggie friendly meals that are well rounded with complete proteins and a small side of protein for David.  I am super excited that we are living with the Maruszaks this year because Breanna is a vegetarian and can feel my pain!   Hopefully I will get a chance to try out a few new dishes that can make everyone’s tummies happy and share them with you all.    I won’t be moving until the end of April so you will have to be patient with me on those.
Bon Appetite!

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    Izzy

    April 1, 2012

    I’ve never known another vegetarian in real life, so I’m jealous!
    My husband is also an omnivore, and like you, I’m a mostly-vegan. I don’t cook meat, and he doesn’t either unless it’s a holiday or he’s grilling, thankfully he’s very patient about eating almost 100% vegan at home. 🙂

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      Baseball Serendipity

      April 1, 2012

      Thank you for visiting my blog! 🙂 I am lucky to have known a few vegetarians in my time but that may be because I live in a big city. I wish I could push my husband to cut out animal protein but I am fortunate that he eats mostly fish and some chicken with very little red meat and is receptive to the knowledge I have shared with him. You are lucky to have a supportive husband, it really helps not having someone harass you every time they want to eat a piece of meat! All the best!

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    Valerie (all mussed up)

    April 1, 2012

    I really resonate with veganism finding you! It’s been seducing me, little by little, over the last year. I love to cook creative, beautiful vegan dishes that seduce others, too, rather than taking the preachy stance. Spot on!

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    sportsglutton

    April 6, 2012

    Never easy to balance a vegan/omnivore relationship, so kudos to you for making it happen. 🙂

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      Baseball Serendipity

      April 6, 2012

      Thanks! Him being supportive makes it much easier! 🙂

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