So I’ve been a vegan for a good month now and eating with my family is starting to get more and more exhausting. I can’t sit through one dinner without someone making a remark on my veganism. Its either a joke or a comment and when I try to counter it with an argument they don’t take me seriously and they make a joke out of it. I hate sitting there having to watch them eat meat, dairy,etc. I knew they weren’t going to be immediately comfortable with my decision but now I feel like an outcast. I don’t want to alienate my family but I don’t want to continue eating with them knowing what happened to their “food” before it got on their plates. Its extremely uncomfortable and depressing. Has anyone ever gone through this? What should I do?
Ive been vegetarian for almost 6 years, and while almost no one makes comments about it any more, i used to deal with it ALOT.
I just got up and left, whether it was to go to the washroom, or take my food and eat somewhere else, eventually they stopped. My mom would always hold her arms open to hug me, but I just pushed her arms away and ignored them all.
Just went veg again for the second time (First time had to quit due to health problems), I live with my partner who’s a meat eater, and he wanted chicken breast yesterday. So I cooked it for him, and I just ate the sides (Corn and grilled potatoes) We still got to eat together and it wasn’t even a little bit awkward. You’re family just needs to be more supportive, give it time, if you stick to it, they’ll get used to it.