Adding LIFE to your years and years to your life!
It was great reading all your comments. I realized that some must have gotten a 'wrong' impression since my blog post was incomplete yesterday; I didn't add all relevant information...
First of all, I have been following a healthy diet for at least 2 decades. My kids grew up vegetarian and have known about what is considered healthy and what not. We've always incorporated a lot of fresh veggies. Then we moved to the States 8 years ago, and my children got exposed to foods in their school cafeteria (as well as by their friends) that were highly processed. Just like someone who had deprived themselves from certain foods during a diet, they went after all those unhealthy foods and there was no stopping them, only waiting and hoping that they'd find their way back on their own. Unfortunately, I used to be quite fanatic in regard to nutrition and diet when I was young. My son didn't get his first taste of sugar until he went to kindergarten. But - oh my gosh - after that, he'd even make play dates based on where he'd get the most candy! I knew that if I tried to 'control' it, I'd only lose. I had to let go. At least, he would get healthy and whole foods at home.
When I read that many husbands seem to be quite supportive of their 'trying to be raw' wives, I admittedly felt a twinge of envy. My husband not only doesn't support me, he literally and actively goes against me. He brings home sodas, cookies with hydrogenated fats, 'commercial' meats, etc... He always felt sorry for our kids because I didn't bring home the kind of foods he grew up with. Often, his breakfast consisted of slices of white bread spread with oleo and topped with a mountain of chocolate and sugar sprinkles, for example. THis is 'comfort food' to him. It's not that he wasn't taught about the 'danger' that lurks in such foods, he just doesn't believe it to be true and basically says he doesn't buy into the hype. And - I guess - he believes himself to be an exception... I DO believe in mind over matter, who knows, maybe he's the one who will teach me a lesson in the end?
My husband is very conservative, and he still believes that feeding the family, doing the laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping etc. is a woman's domain - even if she has a full-time job, on top of all the other daily chores and obligations. I have to admit, I've never seen so many households where men pitch in! It's simply not normal from where I come from! Consider yourselves blessed and ahead of Europe.... ;-)
It sounds as though I am complaining, which I wouldn't want to be taken that way - I'm just stating the facts. It's all about personal choices and accepting other people's views and choices, no matter what they are. I understand that he's like an old dog....set in his ways. I'm just saying that it would be nice if I had support. However, it is MY choice to be mainly raw (It isn't my goal anymore to be 100% raw....and I've never felt good on a 100% vegan diet to begin with. I love my cooked eggs....), so I need to make it work for myself, somehow.
In regard to the fridge situation: I am also part of a local CSA, and that's what makes it so difficult. Of course I've thought about getting another fridge, however, our house is so small (we had to downsize quite a lot when we moved here and the house just barely accommodates us...) that I literally woulnd't know where to put a small fridge! On top of that, my husband is totally against it and finds it 'crazy' to even want another one. However, I like the idea of using a cooler (which I could put on the deck!) for the first few days after I pick up my veggies from the CSA, until there's more space in the fridge again. Such a simple solution that I hadn't even thought about! Thanks for the tip!
Boy, writing really takes a lot of time! Now I'll have to hurry....