• Eating with family?

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    Over a year ago

    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?

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    Over a year ago

    @AllyActually @VEGANGIRL3080
    Thank you both! I’ll keep at it and I know it will get better.

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    Over a year ago

    Congrats on being vegan for a month!

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    Over a year ago

    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.

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    Over a year ago

    @alexblue– Thank you! I look into more recipes. Thank you for the advice!

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    Over a year ago

    Congrats on being vegan for a month! Sorry you have to put up with all their stuff. It’s too bad that it’s so easy for people to make fun of things they don’t understand instead of being brave enough to learn about it or try it themselves. You just have to get used to it, don’t let it get to you cuz that’s just the way people are sometimes. Let it just slide off you. Best things I find to do are learn to make crazyamazing vegan food…start with the PETA cookbook or any of the boatloads of vegan cookbooks out there…
    http://www.petacatalog.com/catalog/Books-18-1.html
    http://www.herbivoreclothing.com/categories/Books-%26-Other-Printed-Matter/Cookbooks/
    and be quietly proud of being a vegan.
    Don’t argue with them (they LIKE that!)…instead, wear vegan tees and buttons, and get yourself some supercool vegan bowls and plates!
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/VeganDish
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/vesselsandwares?section_id=13681423
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/VeganvilleCeramics
    Once they know they can’t push you into getting mad or upset, they’ll mostly leave you alone, and maybe even ask you to share some of your delish eats! :)

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