Stay strong, be prepared to answer questions, and keep positive. I think all of us had people who doubted us or criticized us when we began, but they’ll eventually get used to you just like you’ll get used to your new lifestyle. Try not to express frustrations; just respond respectfully to their criticisms. As the number of vegans grow, so do the number of negative stereotypes about us, and we certainly don’t want to re-enforce any of those negative images. Just continue to stay strong. It’s unfortunate that so many of us have friends who are quick to judge us, but it’s just because the vegan lifestyle is different and unfamiliar. Your friends will grow to realize it was unkind of them to criticize you. You’ll be fine. Just stick with it, and anytime you need help, there’s a world of people here to help you.
I got loads of criticism too. There’s two ways to handle it: Ignore them! They aren’t saving animals and thinking about what they are eating. They don’t have a heart for animals like you do. Or, you could explain to them why you chose to do it. It’s a healthier diet! Your helping animals. Maybe if you shared one of PETA’s videos they could understand. What made me become a vegan was a video on http://www.peta.org. It was a 10 step process on how cows are treated, and it broke my heart!
Be confident in your new lifestyle. Save animals! Good luck
I did too but who cares! we are doing a great thing. they just won’t open their mind to new ideas beacuse they are scared. they have eaten meat their whole life and consumed other animal products without a second thought . they can’t grasp that it is possible to survive and save others on this diet! just keep your head up! and inform them about your lifestyle and its benifit and maybe eventually they will listen and accept your choice. maybe even become vegan themselves!