I’m a vegetarian, but my entire family eats meat. My mom is fine with me not eating meat, but she refuses to let me go vegan. She says things like “you need your dairy, too expensive, I’d have to make you completely different meals, ect.” (I already make most of my food) If she doesn’t change, I’ll wait until I’m an adult, but I would really prefer to do it soon! Any ideas???
Just teach them what it means to be vegan and what the benefits are, it’s so much more than health. There’s the environment, saving money, saving animals and of course saving your health. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet. Research, research, research. That’s the most important thing when your making any serious change in your life. You have to be confident in why your making the change and you need to know what your talking about so when others ask you really intense questions you can answer them with ease and confidence. If you have Netflix there are tons of really great documentaries on there that are just loaded with valuable information. “Forks over Knives”, “Vegucated”, “Cowspiracy”, “Ghoasts in the Machine”, “Fat sick and Nearly Dead”. The list goes on but if you can get your mom the watch Cowspiracy, if she doesn’t understand the ethical and humanitarian side of it. I’m sure this documentary will get to her with the hardened facts about the impact of animal agriculture at all scales, and it’s only going to get worse with more and more people and whole countries joining the developed and middle class world. We just can’t feed the whole world this way. Already people are starving because more and more grain, soy and corn are going to feed livestock instead of people and it will only get worse as the demand for meat increases. If all else fails, just go vegan anyway, get lots of cook books, watch as many vegan cooking videos and nutritional health videos as you can and just start cooking for yourself. Start refusing (politely of course, she is your mother after all) to eat anything that she cooks. Just tell her “no that’s ok mom, thanks anyway. I can make something for myself”. She’ll just be shocked at how self sufficient and confident you are with your new lifestyle. Eventually she’ll come around and start to be more healthfully curious and with the right information, eventually, I’m sure she’ll start to support you. Who knows, maybe she’ll become vegan herself.
Do a little research on why you actually dont need meat. Whenever your mom comes back at you with this issue, you will have prepared some arguments. I went through something similar, but my family actually came around, because what I was telling them made a lot of sense. So dont worry, I am sure it will workout great! Good luck and dont give up your great intensions to help animals 🙂
and she is going to stop you how? If you make your own meals it will not make a difference to her. Plus you can get soy milk even at the dollarama for a dollar which is cheaper then milk so it is less expensive. It is easy to make vegan meals, perhaps make some for her and show her how easy it is. Also, point out that vegan milks such as almond milk has more protein and way less calories. Also mention that for a cup of milk there is an eyedropper amount of puss in it and you can not even absorb the calcium of milk unless there in vitamin d put in it. You can also mention that it is unnatural to have milk products defiantly past the age of 3 (I would say less) and that it contains natural chemicals it is to help the calf stay year so thats while milk products can be so addictive. Also cheese is full of fat and not that good for you. You can say how you are already half way there and that the dairy industry is often just as bad as the meat industry and they usually end up slaughtering the animals too. If you do not wish to support the genocide of animals that the meat industry brings and it goes against your moral values do not let anyone tell you do otherwise.