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    Profile photo of MadisonOG

    2 months ago

    So how can I become a vegan when my parents are totally against it and said if I’m gonna go vegan I buy my own food?? I only get about $40 a month if even that. I feel really alone on it and I feel scared. It’s scary to me to go to a family dinner and everyone’s eating meat and drinking dairy products and know that I wouldn’t be doing any of that as I have since I was a little girl. Could someone help me with all of this, be a guide for me?? 😭😭😭

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  • Profile photo of mindxsoul

    2 months ago

    there are probably already lots of vegan foods in your fridge: fruits, vegetables, breads, etc! my opinion is that you don’t really need more, you’re actually cutting off more foods (like the dairy, eggs, meat) so it should actually be cheaper. I get my protein from mostly chickpeas since I have a huge love for them and they, along with other beans, are super cheap! milk alternatives also aren’t expensive. have you tried showing your parents documentaries, statistics, etc. on veganism? I have gone to the point of showing my mom some pretty graphic videos just so she can see my point of view. what I did is first, I convinced her to let me try a month of being vegetarian in October (I never intended for it to be only a month, I knew I was going to stick to it) and now she’s letting me go a “month” vegan January. you could try taking small steps and see how it goes for you :) good luck!

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    2 months ago

    Hey @MadisonOG

    Thanks for your post. I totally understand where you’re coming from. I’ve been through the same thing with my family. People sometimes feel threatened by things they don’t understand so something that worked really well for me was sitting down with my loved ones and telling them how important being vegan was to me. I asked them what their concerns were and wrote them all down, then armed myself with information to share with them so they could see there was no need to worry. If they are still upset, try writing a letter to them. It may be a good idea to take it slow with them. Try out “Meatless Mondays” or “Tofurky Tuesdays”. There’s also one of my personal favorites, “Soymilk Saturdays” after all, the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. We have a ton of recipes that you can use to make your family a yummy vegan meal.

    http://www.peta2.com/recipes/
    http://www.peta2.com/lifestyle/talking-veganism-parents/

    Veganism is cheap! Beans, rice, potatoes, & veggies are all some of the cheapest, easiest to find, and healthiest things that you can possibly eat. Check this out: http://www.peta2.com/blog/listen-up-veganism-is-cheap/

    Let us know if you have any other questions! We’re here for you. Stay strong, you’re doing the right thing. <3

    -Bridget from peta2

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  • Profile photo of xMarissax

    2 months ago

    Hey Madison! Honeslty, I can totally understand where you are coming from. My parents are open to the option but my dad thinks its going to be hard since vegan eleminates a lot of options. But, we came to an agreement: I’ll start by going vegetarian (not fully because I’ll still eat fish) and I will eliminate other things as I go. Maybe you could talk to your parents about that? I don’t know, just an option! :)

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  • Profile photo of LittleLotte

    2 months ago

    Have you seen this page?
    http://www.peta2.com/blog/cheap-healthy-vegan-tips/
    It can be really easy to live vegan on a tight budget, and I’m sure there are things your family already buys that are vegan.

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