I’m a fourteen year old girl, and I’ve been vegetarian for two and a half years. I’ve been vegan for almost two weeks. My mother isn’t “allowing” me to, however. I’ve just tried to avoid the discussion and not eat dairy or eggs, but I’ve found it pretty much impossible. She says I can’t grow properly without eggs and dairy. I tried to get her to watch Meet Your Meat, but she refuses. I really don’t know what to do.
I have the same problem. I’ve been vegetarian for about 2 years, but I have an eating disorder so my mom is totally against me cutting out all dairy products. I keep my mouth shut and eat what I want until she thinks I’m loosing too much weight. I usually don’t eat at home anyway, so I can eat what I want, but she gives me a hard time and refuses to listen to anything I have to say about vegetarianism or veganism. /:
You could cook her a vegan meal that’s really yummy ask if she likes it and if she says yes you can tell her it’s vegana nd much better than anything made from animal products and also tell her think of how many fruits and veggies you would be eating in place of those other things you would no longer eat!
My parents are the same way, insisting that without eating meat “I cannot grow properly”. Have you introduced your mom to healthier vegan alternatives to milk and cheese (Silk has really tasty almond and soy milk)? Remind her that with removing diary from your life-style, your diet has only gotten healthier! That’s right, consuming cow milk that is originally meant for baby calves is not good for our bodies. Everyone would be much healthier with the vegan alternative. If you ever need support, just seek nice refuge here with us where we completely understand! And, just remember the hundreds of animals you will be saving each year. Be proud that you are vegan, it is an amazing thing!