When the “Vegan” Husband is Tempted

As a blogger, I share snippets of my life as I write. Today I think you will have a clearer view of who we are. I’m so pleased to have my husband Jim writing on the blog today. Jim does a lot of things behind the scene’s at My Plant-Based Family from eating recipe experiments that didn’t quite work, to editing, and now writing.

When your Vegan Husband is Tempted

Please welcome Jim!

You’re driving home from work, the whole way home you are tempted by fast food places advertising horribly unhealthy yet appealing items such as burgers, fries, tacos, burritos, pizza…  you name it, I know better…  but I’m still tempted.  So what do you do?  I’m reminded of a line from a movie “you’re cheating on your wife with fast food”, or something like that.

Intro

Hi, I’d like to introduce myself, I’m Jim.  You obviously already know my wonderful wife and you know many of My Plant-Based Family’s stories but as my beloved has mentioned, I’ll be contributing much more to the BLOG going forward.

Wanting to honor God and honor my wife

OK, so here’s what I do, I’m reminded that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  I want to honor God by stewarding my body and my health by taking care of what he has given me.  I also want to honor my wife and do what I can to plan for a healthy life going forward, sometimes I eat in a very healthy manner, like the following:

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Daily Meals (what I should be eating)

Vega One shake for breakfast
A 5 Cup serving of an assortment of colorful vegetables and fruit for lunch
Some awesome meal that my wife has created for dinner
For snacks, I’ll eat apples or carrots or something similar

If you choose a low nutrient meal once in a while, that’s OK, just don’t let it get out of hand

I can eat this way for weeks, but let’s just say that I give into temptation on a Friday night… unfortunately, I don’t usually have a single bad meal, it’s usually a series of bad meals, but then on Monday I’m back on the straight and narrow.  So I guess what I’m saying is that it’s OK every once in a while to choose a nutrient poor meal but make sure that you help yourself by putting in safeguards that will help you bounce back from the nutrient poor meal.  You could prepare your next meal ahead of time or you could also plan a fast right after the nutrient poor meal, either of these could help curb your temptation for nutrient poor food.

What about you? Are you ever tempted? How do you handle it?

A quick note: Jim is not vegan but mostly sticks to a plant-based diet and eat’s vegan most of the time. You can read Jim’s weight loss story here

My Husband’s Story

In October of 2011 when I began this journey I wasn’t traveling alone. My (incredible, amazing, loving, smoking hot, crazy, considerate, passionate) husband joined me. After my first conversation with Eileen (my plant-based coach) he told me he would be supportive but he wasn’t going to change everything I was changing. One day I had a few minutes before going to an appointment so I turned on “Forks Over Knives” then paused it to go. When I returned home my husband was watching it, completely enthralled. He looked at me and said, “We are doing this!”

You can read more about my story and why I decided to begin a plant-based diet here. Today I really want you to hear his story, so without further ado meet JIM!

In the last few years my health had taken somewhat of a downward turn.  I was sick a lot, I was heavier than I’d ever been, I felt run down, etc.  At one point, I was at two hundred and tooooo many pounds and at the doctor’s office…  again.  I was tired of it.  I decided to try some things that I’d heard of…

In the following months, I started exercising and “eating healthy” or so I thought and although I lost a good amount of weight and was more fit and theoretically healthier, my stomach also hurt a great deal of the time.  It seemed like the normal doctors remedies weren’t working so I went to my Chiropractic Doctor friend Steve and asked him.  The problem was what I was eating to make me healthy…  was making me sicker.   AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!  I stopped eating that way, I slowed the exercise and the weight came back with a vengeance.

I would try a few more times at excercising and “eating healthy” only to end up in the same crummy place again.  THEN I finally saw “Forks Over Knives” which my Doctor friend Steve had recommended to me before but I just “hadn’t gotten around to it”.  I guess I’m kind of a typical guy from the perspective that you’ll need to show me before I believe something…  As many of you know, the movie is an extremely well done film that provides data that is way too good to be rationalized away.  An old Pastor of ours, Pastor Gary had a message on “rational lies”  (pronounced the same way), his premise was very clear on the potential for us as humans to lie to ourselves and call it something else.  The data presented in this movie is just too clear for that…

So my best friend and I started on this rocky and crazy journey together, six weeks after we started I had a checkup scheduled with my doctor…  Not only was I down about 25 pounds from my peak, I felt great and my bloodwork was through the roof!  My cholesterol went from high to 171 and my blood pressure was in the “AthleteChild” range…  Yeah baby, now we’re talkin’

Well here we are many months after that doctor visit and from my peak I’m now down over 40 pounds…  without excercise…  I’m even below my high school weight.  Praise the Lord that now I can kiss the yo-yo weight loss weight gain cycle goodbye for good.

Next step excercise!


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