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.
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).