Talking to Your Parents About Going Vegan

It can be a bummer when you’re psyched about going vegan, but your parents are a little iffy (“But where will you get your protein?!”) about letting you make the switch. We know, we know—it’s a parent’s job to worry. But guess what! Dear ol’ mom and pop don’t have to worry at all. Well-planned vegan meals can provide us with all the nutrients that we need, minus all the saturated fat, cholesterol, and other icky stuff found in animal flesh, eggs, and dairy products.

Check out these tips for talking to your parents about going vegan:

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You’ll need the same amount of nutrition as a vegan as you did when you were still eating meat. Now, you’ll just find it in much healthier places! Have your parents visit the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s website if they have any questions or want to learn how this choice can improve your health and the environment!

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Another selling point is that veganism can be super cheap, so your parents will probably be interested to know that it will likely cost less to feed you after you go vegan than it did when you were still eating meat. Win-win!

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Show your parents that not only are you eating healthier now, your new diet is also delicious. Check out our huge list of tasty, cruelty-free recipes, and don’t forget to share your meals with your folks!

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Print out peta2’s Guide to Vegan Grocery Shopping and take it along on your parents’ next trip to the store so that they can see for themselves that there are plenty of foods already on the shelves that don’t support slaughterhouse cruelty and that they’ll love (or may even already love!).

As always, it’s important to keep in mind that sometimes it’s just hard for some people to understand why someone would go vegan, especially if they have no idea how horribly animals are treated on factory farms. Luckily, they now have you to show them! Have them visit Meat.org. Once they see what happens to animals, they’re more likely to understand that you’re standing up against something that you know is wrong.

If you have any questions about talking to your parents about your going vegan, be sure to contact us!

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  • Profile photo of Destiny666

    663 days ago

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    I made my mother , little brother and boyfriend go vegetarian. :)

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    680 days ago

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    PCRM’s website is great…make sure you’re getting your nutritional needs met! Be a healthy vegan!
    Live Vegan is also a superamazing site…
    http://www.livevegan.org/index.php/social-situations2

  • Profile photo of animalangel365

    683 days ago

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    My parents let me go vegetarian after telling them about slaughterhouses. They wont let me go vegan yet though. I am allowe to substitute milk for nondairy milk, and other vegan substitutes but I cant eat all vegan yet. First they want me to be a vegetarian for a while, then try vegan recipes, then start to like more vegetables and eat alot of them for a while, then sloooooowly start becoming a vgean. I am allowed to once I like more vegan food and prove to them I can do it. Oh, and they also said I have to wait until a certain unknown yet age.But at I am getting there!!!!

  • Profile photo of malmo777

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    my mom is like “sure, fine, it’s your body. If you want to be healthier, be my guest.” but since all of my siblings on my dad’s side are moved out, and it’s just the two of us, dad is all like “no, you need protein, you’re not starving yourself, animals were put on this planet to feed humans, and you’re going to eat what i put on the table.” ERRG

    • Profile photo of lucky7amira

      682 days ago

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      malmo777, don’t let him tell you what to eat! He can’t force feed you lol. Stay strong and Stay vegan! (Or vegetarian)

  • Profile photo of lilyalexadragarcia

    743 days ago

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    Been vegan for a couple of months now. Still no sign of approval.

  • Profile photo of livelovelife

    878 days ago

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    I thought of the idea in Summer, and ask my mom. She was like.. OK!!! EASY AS THAT FOR ME!!

  • Profile photo of frincklebery

    924 days ago

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    My family is already vegetarian and eats all organic and local food but after going over this list, my parents feel much more confident about making the switch to veganism.

  • Profile photo of Xxscream13xX

    980 days ago

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    I really want to be a vegan, but my dad doesnt like the idea of it and thinks Im weird. So I’m gonna show him all of this and hopefully he’ll see all the good things about it and finally let me be a vegan.

  • Profile photo of pinecone

    999 days ago

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    My parents are vegetarian, and they really supported my choice to go vegan! :)