Eversince I've become a vegetarian (about 2 years ago), I've been very judged for not eating meat, 'lacking protein' etc, you know it. I don't normally care about the mean comments, as long as I know that I'm eating what's best for me. But it's a bit different when it comes to family. My mum has always tried to promote a healthy lifestyle (according to the majority) in our family (cooking with minimum salt and oil, buying farm products, etc). And for most people, NOT eating from McDonalds means 'healthy', without realising the demage that mean and dairy can cause. But my dad, has always been a 'heavy' meat-eater; and you might know people who can't have a meal without devouring a 'big, juice peace of meat'. For these people is just hard to comprehend a meatless life. They are normally the big judgers, who condemn you for not having any protein in your diet. So, these being said, I can say that a person who, like my mum, is easier to 'convert' to the vegan diet, as she (like myself) doesn't feel the need of eating meat. So the news was quite striking to my family "So you're not even eating FISH??? vegetarians eat fish!" - "DOOH - it has a face!".
But since becoming a vegetarian, I gradually gave up dairy as well(which I think I'm intolerant to anyways) and eggs (which I've always hated). And since January, I've adopted the HCRV lifestyle (sometimes having cooked dinners).
The good thing is that my mum has always supported mebut my dad is very hard to convince. So before going home last time (btw, we live in different countries), I told them what I eat - fruits & veg and nothing else (ha - what??)
I'm happy that they've accepted to watch together a couple of documentaries (Forks over knives and Food matters). And also, after my non-stop mumbling about alkaline and acid foods, cancer, health, I made them think a bit, or actually scared them (as they both had health problems). I made them smoothies and salads, and other dishes and I think that was encouraging. So my dad, realising that he's harming himself by continuing having the same lifestyle, decided to give up meat a few days a week, which is still SOMETHING. As a sedentary person, is very hard to motivate yourself to get out of bed, but they've also started going to the pool (which is a huge improvement I would say). After me leaving, they've started being more conscious about what they're eating.
I know that 'my story' sounds boring, and perhaps there's nothing special about it; but I'm sure there are a lot of you who would like to change your family's lifestyle. And it's NOT impossible. Have patience; show them your love and your concern about their health. Be an example! Share your food with them! They will see how delicious it can be! It's a slow process, but it can happen!
Sorry for the long post; hope it helps! x