Hi Everyone, I was wondering if you could help me out. It's a weird question. But being vegan, how do you deal with friends, family members and co-workers that don't intend on becoming even vegetarian and talk about food all the time, buy leather and etc.? Right now I'm feeling like I'm living in a world of selfish jerks and it makes me very sad. I just hate everyone around me for not listening to what I say about helping animals while also improving their own health (which is lacking in all of them). Simply helping animals is enough of a reason for me, but they don't seem to understand neither reason. Thanks for reading this. Hope you answer. Have a great day everyone! :)
Glad you're optimist and reaching for your goals. Great inspiration.
When people ask why I'm vegan, I always tell them that I hate animals that much, that I don't even want to eat them. Makes them laugh and think at the same time.
Anyway, many people I know closely are already converting to a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, partly because of me I guess. I have set up a website (www.thefruiteaters.com) and always have my businesscards with me with the web address on it. Makes it very easy to make your case.
That's really funny and it's a good, light way to broach the subject. I tend to be much more straightforward, but I think you're method is actually a lot more effective.
Having something like a website that they can read is a great idea too. It let's the person learn and think at their own leisure without feeling like they are being judged.
Alex I have the best answer for you!
The best way and the only efficient way is to learn how to make a few bad ass ultra gourmet comfort foods )raw vegan of course) and just tease the heck out of these people. Nobody and I mean nobody... can resist the seduction of the palate. That is the first and most important step in re-education. Breaking bead as they say. Yes you have to work your buns off yada yada yada-- yeah it is lots of effort.., you wanted a solution and this is the all time best way. It works. Just set an example. Seduce them. Become a benevolent "food dictator"...
I must be lucky but where I live in Long Island New York, every single person I have come across in the last ten years is pretty much nutrition savvy on an intellectual level. (I remember 20, 30, 40! yikes! years ago it was NOT this way here at all!)
But they all admit (to me anyway- even total strangers- that the only reason they eat crap is that they "lack discipline". They agree with me that they know that they should at least be vegan and stop eating and drinking garbage, yada yada yada... but that they are "weak" and they just do not want to change. At least they are honest!
"If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, then chapels had been churches and poor man's cottages prince's palaces" - Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
so in a matter of a month i had about 6 co-workes give up meat and cutdown on dairy it wasnt anything i said it was what i gave them to watch both fork over knife and food matters are great movies and it relly helps break it down for everyone and after a lil while a few went back to eating meat but they cut way down on there intake over all witch is quite a bit of an achievement in my mind