Hi all! I'm new to this forum.
I grew up in Kentucky, in a vegetarian (ovo-lacto) family.
When I got married, eight years ago, my husband and I bickered a lot about food. We didn't have much money and he said we couldn't afford two different sets of food and he refused to go veggie so I ate a lot of c**p for several years.
I converted to Eastern Orthodox Christianity a few years ago and was pleasantly surprised to learn about Orthodox fasting. (Apparently most new converts dread it.) Every Wednesday and Friday, plus the 40 days before Christmas, the 40 days before Easter and several other religious calendar periods, Orthodox Christians become almost-vegan: no meat, no poultry, no fish with a backbone (shrimp, clams, etc. are still eaten), no eggs, no dairy. (Honey is also still eaten.) This diet is observed something like 180 days out of the year.
Between my husband's respect for my conversion and the fact that we have slightly more income now than when we first married, he gave his blessing to the fasting periods. It was hard for him at first: he'd want us to go out for milkshakes or he'd want to cook steaks and it would be Wednesday or Lent so he was out of luck (although he finally realized that he can make steak for just himself and the world won't end.)
Now I'm finding myself wanting to stay on an Orthodox fast year-round. Monks and nuns fast this way year round and the Orthodox layman is encouraged to do as much of the same things monks and nuns do as they can, so there is already a religious blessing on my going vegan (or mostly vegan) year round. But my husband is not keen on the idea at all.
I find that I feel really good during fasting times and then the fast ends and I have to eat the stuff my husband picks out (and he can pick out some really awful stuff!) and within a few days I'm feeling constantly nauseous and weighted down. And my weight goes up and down in rhythm with the fasting periods as well.
All this is to say that I'm here as a part-time veggie and reluctant part-time not-veggie. When people ask me "are you a vegetarian?" I don't have a good answer. "Yes" is not a true answer but if I say "no" things get really complicated when I keep turning down non-veg foods for, apparently, no good reason.
Here's hoping that some day I get my husband's blessing to join those of you who are full-time vegan. In the meantime, it will be nice to share vegan recipes and chat with others who enjoy my favorite kinds of foods.
Pleased to meet you all!