I was having a hard time coming up with a topic to blog about for today so I took to “the Twitter” and the lovely @carlyoof gave me a great idea – Talk about how my husband and I handle our diets. That doesn’t sound particularly thrilling on its own, but as it turns out I am a vegetarian of 4 years and my husband is an omnivore of 26 years.
I became a vegetarian 8 months before we got married, so my husband didn’t know what he was getting himself into at the time he proposed. Before I made the switch to a healthier lifestyle I would eat ANYTHING. Some of my old food favourites include crab cakes, my mom’s hamburgers, Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich (#6 FTW!) and lobster ravioli. I also ate veal completely raw once. Ew, right? After reading the book Fast Food Nation I decided to give up fast food, which was a walk in the park, so the switch to vegetarianism seemed like the next natural step.
I became a vegetarian overnight, giving it up cold turkey (excuse the pun!). My husband was really supportive from the very beginning which made the transition so much easier. Over our 3 years of marriage we’ve developed a great system for meals that leave us both happy. Whenever we eat dinner together it’s vegetarian. There may be a night when my husband will want to cook himself a big ol’ steak, but that happens only once every couple of months. When we go out for dinner or lunch, my husband will take advantage of the opportunity and order a burger or whatever his heart desires. I guess you can sum up our system to: I’m a vegetarian all the time & he’s a vegetarian when we eat at home.
A lot of people assume my diet causes friction in the relationship, especially because I won’t eat red meat, poultry OR fish *yikes* but if anything it’s brought us together. I always feel especially proud when my husband takes on a new vegetarian recipe or tries a soy-product I think could be good. He will regularly eat my favourite Boca Chik’n Nuggets, veggie burgers are a dinnertime staple and he’s recently discovered the joys of vegetarian Indian food.
I like to think I’ve inspired my husband to make healthier choices. Last year before our vacation to Mexico he went 3 months without eating meat just to see if he could do it! I know he would never want to completely give up eating meat, which is totally OK with me, so it’s the compromise we make for one another that makes our relationship work. I would never turn my nose up at what he orders at a restaurant, even when it’s especially rare, and he makes the effort to work with me and my diet.
I’m a very lucky woman.