Nothing makes me feel old like my wedding anniversary does! When my in-laws celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary my young self thought they were “ancient!” This year I will be celebrating my 33rd wedding anniversary….that would make me “extra ancient!”
It’s hard to feel too bad about the years rolling by because I have been happily married for ALL of them. This happiness has everything to do with my husband being wonderful, and he is my biggest fan! Now that I am a raw vegan I feel his support all the more.
He is the one who has made me jump off cliffs into yucky water with snakes, rappel down waterfalls, and climb mountains that I never thought possible. I have changed my lifestyle, but his support has made it easier. He always wanted me to start a blog and I never wanted to. ( just like jumping off a cliff ) My girls set me up on WordPress and gave me a push! It’s easier to jump into new things when you have someone on your side that knows you can do it even if you feel you can’t.
I say all of this to set you up to hear from my biggest fan. With Valentine’s Day around the corner I thought it would be fun for you to hear from my husband. He has made so many changes in his lifestyle. He is not a vegan or vegetarian yet our home is a meat free zone! Every day he makes more vegetarian choices than meat choices and I can see he enjoys it.
We are sitting in Starbucks having tea while we are talking about this interview and I have to admit, I am one lucky girl!
Q: What has been the best health benefit you have noticed due to eating less meat and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables?
A: When Pat asked me if I would mind answering a few questions I was hoping that they would only require a yes or no answer. Well, I guess the teacher in her would not allow that. Here we go, I don’t know if I can narrow it down to the one best benefit. I have several that I have noticed. First would be the weight loss, over the last 8 months I have lost over 20 lbs. I also had been taking acid blockers for my acid reflux for over 15 years and after 1 week of eating right I stopped taking them altogether. Lastly, I really believe that my energy level has increased, I still am tired at the end of the day but I don’t feel like dying at 3pm everyday.
Q: How do you adjust your lifestyle choice when you are at work or out with friends?
A: In some ways I guess that I have become a snob, I will eat lunch by myself where as before I would go to Bakers or some other fast food place. They say confession is good for the soul, so I will confess to slipping up now and again. But even if I do go to my “old” favorite taco shop I will still try to eat a “healthier” choice as well as not eat the same amount of food that I used to. Instead of trying to eat a healthy meal occasionally, I try to always eat a healthy meal. I don’t find myself craving the old ways, and I really look forward to that crisp salad and Lima Bean soup 🙂
Q: Having both your parents die of cancer, do you feel being pro-active with the quality of your food is important?
A: My mom died when she was 63 and my dad died 4 years later at the age of 70. Three of our six kids never even knew my mom and two didn’t know grandpa so I have always felt a little cheated when it comes to Grandparents. Nobody enjoyed being a grandma more than my mom, she was amazing and I definitely want to make sure that Pat and I do whatever we can to be around for our grandkids, EVEN THOUGH WE DONT HAVE ANY YET….. I am glad that I have finally gotten on the healthy train and I really don’t even miss most of the menu and the new menu is amazing. I am not perfect, but I do believe that I am making choices that God willing will help me to enjoy a long and healthy life surrounded by those I love.
I loved talking with Dave, and I hope you got a glimpse of how it’s not about being raw as much as it is about making right choices with each meal! I love being right now raw, but I love even more watching my family become healthier!