At the moment, I am a vegetarian, but I would love to go vegan. My parents are really supportive on my decision to be a vegetarian, but they won’t let me go vegan! They don’t think that I can stay healthy. Any tips on staying healthy and convicing my parents? Also, share your stories of difficult parents against your vegetarianism/veganism.
I would just ask your parents to let you try it out for a week or so. See if they’ll compromise. If not, when you’re at home eat a vegetarian diet and when you aren’t home with them eat a vegan diet. There’s not much you can do sadly but you can keep talking to them about it, research it, come up with a plan and keep bringing it up to them. Eventually, they may see that you are very serious about it and they might let you at least try it out.
Great choice wanting to go vegan! I just recently became vegan abount 2 1/2 weeks ago, and my mom is doing it with me, but I still have a similar problem; we can’t convince my step-dad that its a good choice!
I have been doing a lot of research and I found the book:’The No-Nonsense Guide to Animal Rights’, by Catherine Grant to be very helpful! It has a lot of information and quite a few times it quotes PETA’s statistics, so you know its reliable! If you want to know more about where your meat comes from and what they do to animals in labs; animals in entertainment and in fashion, then read that book! You can definitely teach them some things they wouldnt know, and it will support your case!
As for health, make sure to eat a lot of beans and nuts. since they have a lot of protein! I also take vitamin D caplets to get extra vitamin D, which every person in the world should be taking! Green veggies and dark fruits, such as blueberries and pomegranates are full of antioxidants, which your body needs and is really helpful for your immune system!
Lastly, dont try to fight your parents, work with them and slowly get to them until they cave. The way I started veganism was I was only eating 1 meal (or less, if possible) a day with animal products or byproducts, and I was being very cautious beofre my mom decided to go vegan with me!
They can’t make you eat something you don’t want to eat.
Simply refuse to eat anything with animal products in it.
As far as staying healthy goes, it’s pretty much using common sense. Eat fruits, veggies, grains, seeds, nuts – and make sure you eat enough of all of it in balance so that you are getting enough calories, protein, and vitamins.
If they approve of you being vegetarian but not vegan, ask them what they think will be missing from your diet as a vegan, then show them where you would get it in a vegan diet
My dad was freaking out when I tried to go vegan, because he thought it would be really hard for me to get everything I needed, but I just went vegan and he caved because I would get more nutrients as a supported vegan than as a starving vegan try to show your parents all the benefits of going vegan, and how easy it is to get all the nutrients you need in vegetables and fortified foods! Good luck!
Btw, good for you for wanting to go Vegan!
I was a vegan for years before going vegan and definitely wish I have switched sooner. It is way easier then I thought it would be and they have alternatives to just about anything.
Unless your parents turn to force feeding I don’t think your parents could make you not go vegan. Let your parents know that you can get just as much calcium in soymilk/rice milk (about 300 mg) or calcium fortified orange juice and that milk actually needs vitamin d added to it to be able to absorb the calcium. Point out to your parents that milk actually has a legal limit of how much puss is allowed in it (1 eyedropper amount per cup) and that it is unnatural to have milk after around the age 2-4 and that definitely not another species milk. Point out that you can get a lot of protein from dark greens (like spinach with has huge levels of protein, and broccoli) instead of eggs. Cheese is very high in fat and not a very healthy diet choice where as instead you can have natural fats from foods such as olives, avocado, and nuts. You can also share how many athletes are vegan because it is a healthier life choice. Also point out reasons for going vegan such as factory farming in the dairy industry (and how dairy cows live about 5 years instead of the natural 17+ years), battery chickens, grinding up male chicks and debeaking in the egg industry, how these animals “if not producing fast enough” are sent to the slaughter, and that many pesticides and antibiotics (because of the cramped living conditions) that are used are not healthy in your system (or the situation healthy for the animals).