This June 2010, I found myself having to suddenly "retire" because my job went to another state. I have a small pension, and consider myself lucky to have one. The last few months of work, found me "packing on the pounds" from stress. So, 4 months later, I find the best part of not having to work, is being able to go to the gym more often, and walk whenever the mood strikes and eat more mindfully and peacefully..thus I have lost 7 pounds so far and counting,(hooray!) and am feeling much more calm and healthy.
I have been a vegetarian for several years, and found myself suddenly "going vegan", after web surfing and reading about what horrors go on in big business factory farming. Suddenly reading about the last egg recall just seemed to "shut the door", for me, on eating eggs and anything with milk in it.
Really the biggest change for me was that, we loved going out to breakfast to non vegan restaurants and since I love omelettes I had to consciously choose something vegan like oatmeal or fruit which has surprisingly been easy for me, because I have watched enough Youtube "animal misery moments" to never want an egg again!
So yes, since retirement, I have lots more time to surf the web, which is how I found this My Vega site. I have been reading ton's of books on Veganism and Animal Rights and Factory Farming. And, of course, is how I found "THRIVE" and read all about Brendan Brazier. I am very inspired by Brendan as an athlete and as someone who has really researched what is involved in eating a vegan diet and what foods are essential, and what are not good and even harmful. Since I am really emotionally suddenly very committed to this lifestyle, having his products and nutritional knowledge to rely on, means everything!
Which brings me to the point of all this.
My boyfriend, John, has also gone through the same "sudden retirement." He has been a committed bodybuilder for several years. Most of the nutritional advise he gets are from the people behind the counter in his local "bodybuilding supplement store" and the guys at the gym who all seem to promote the Whey and Creatine (milk) products for "getting bigger". Along with eating chicken and lean meat of course.
Meanwhile, I have gone through what feels like a complete revelation or transformation on the spiritual, emotional, physical, mental level when it comes to animals....it's been building up...ebbing and flowing in different degrees for 4 months now. Sometimes I can't sleep at night or wake up early, with facts on my mind, or images in my heart such as, "Animals are skinned alive for their fur, so we can wear expensive coats" or "Chickens are boiled while still conscious and able to feel pain, as the result of cost cutting procedures in big business factory farming." I'll spare you the rest. Or you already know this.
Anyway, I have been silent about "this thing" I have been going through for the most part. I haven't pressured him to change his chicken and bacon eating habits, however-yes- I have shared with him a few "factory farming facts", and we have taken a trip out to a local abused farm animal sanctuary. And just because he has a soft heart for animals (we have 2 cats and a dog) I've noticed, he has stopped eating much meat.
Like, I noticed, he hasn't barbecued anything in a month, and he used to every 3 days. So yesterday, he finally mentioned, he's putting on weight, because he's hungry all the time, (ahem...he eats those non vegan sugary calorie laden protein bars in the middle of the night, and has gone through jars and jars of peanut butter recently) and he feels he isn't getting enough protein and feels his arms are getting smaller (his huge arms are his pride and joy-or vanity-whichever), and although he didn't say it, he's blaming my Veganism on his gaining weight. So he actually asked me what to eat.
Now bear in mind, this man shudders at the thought of Tofu...(I have tried to sneak it in his salads) He recently tried (and ate a bunch of) and then decided he hates Hummus. His actual meals consist of- driving to the local fancy $$ market and getting a salad from their $7 a pound salad bar after his gym work out. (so he doesn't prepare his salad himself, is my point) He's addicted to Avocados, and consumes then almost everyday. He stated "brown rice isn't protein" today. (we argued that fact)
I make our morning smoothie with fruit (he's suspicious about calories in fruit) and one of several different plant based protein powders, so he does start out the day pretty good. But...to get to the point of this rather longwinded blog. I just ordered about $200 of all the Vega products, to see if he (please God) likes and will continually use them. (since he has no clue about what plant based foods have the most protein-this seemed easiest to start with) and he doesn't want to eat some of the ones that do....tofu..etc.
Hopefully the Vega products will help him feel full and satiated.
He asked me, if I could direct him to any Vegan bodybuilder websites, so he can see nutritionally, what Vegan bodybuilders eat to "get bigger."
Although he is a little resistant. Today, I asked him to PLEASE log on to this Vega website and join this bodybuilding group, so he could get some advise. I think his tender heart for animals is going to win out from the chicken and pork eater he was, although he swears he won't go Vegan. I'm just sayin'...no barbecue has been lit up for a month...so thank you for your group, and I'll be checking back with you, when (and if) he log's into your website, and when he try's all the different Vega products. Here's hoping!.....Thanks for listening!