Photo Credit to Megan Kauffman http://www.makingmebymk.blogspot.com/
When I met my genius husband, a pilot, musician, ball room dance teacher, black belt karate instructor, the … list actually goes on… he was a bit intimidating. There was literally nothing he wasn’t good at. There were only a few things I had on him. (1) I was flexible. Yes flexible. I could touch my toes and he could not. (2) I knew how to throw things away, like receipts, pocket garbage, inherited rusty silverware. (3) I had made the switch to a vegetarian diet and he had not. In AFFAIRYTALE I wrote:
“Surely my genius boyfriend would see the folly in eating animals.”
“…to me, eating farm animals was the equivalent of eating the family pet. I could not, would not, eat it. Ever again. Nor would I buy it or prepare it, for anyone. On this, I could not budge.”
He did feel that the switch to a more plant based diet was a good thing he’d just never been motivated enough to do it on his own. I had to find a way to make my vegetarian way of life appealing to him.
Turns out, it didn’t take much. I initiated him with a few tablespoons of Ghirardelli coca, a caramel waterfall of agave nectar, a few ripe bananas and he didn’t even notice the silken tofu I’d blended in. I called it chocolate pudding then served it naked on the floor of his spare bedroom “sushi girl” style with strawberries and a can of whip. He’s been hooked ever since. On a vegetarian diet and me.
In my years of consulting with women whose number one desire was to lose weight, one of the biggest barriers to success were their husbands.
“He needs meat for dinner, every night.” They would say, “He won’t be happy without it.”
Well if the prospect of a naked wife covered in chocolate mousse feeding you strawberries and lapping up whip cream doesn’t make him forget about a steak dinner, then perhaps there are bigger problems. But if changing your diet to a more plant based, lower calorie lifestyle is your plan and you want to include him in on it, you might consider getting creative and naked for meatless Mondays.
My genius boyfriend did see the folly in eating animals and is now celebrating five years a vegetarian as I celebrate thirteen.
My favorite variation of this “Chocolate Mousse” is:
1 box firm silken tofu
2T G Ghirardelli coca powder
3-5 T Agave Nectar
1 ripe banana
Vary the ingredients to your liking; you can’t F this one up.