I'll start us off with the Grand Champion, Greatest Hit, undisputed Queen of Questions:
"WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN?"
Please keep this going with either a question or possible answer(s) to other questions.
Possible answers to protein question:
Serious Answers (only possible at the beginning of meal...before frustration sets in:)
1. From plants. They have plenty.
2. From plants. We actually don't need as much as most people think.
Slightly Annoyed Answers (around mid-meal when people have begun to stare at my plate:)
1. The same place gorillas and elephants get theirs.
2. From eggplant. It's part egg.
Pure Sarcasm (after the meal when people start to "teach" me why being a vegan is wrong:)
1. I lick cows.
2. I don't get any protein. Is that bad?! What have you heard?! Am I GOING TO DIE?!?!!?!!?!?
Serious health answer...
Most living things have protein, so most plants we eat have it with nuts and seeds and lettuce greens being great sources.
The scaredy cat in me...
I have a kidney problem, so I have to avoid excess protein. On a special diet for kidney. Easy way out if too tired to have a debate.
Why eat the middle man when I can eat it myself...ie where do cows get their protein?
Stealing "special diet for kidney..." brilliant!
This can work for a lot of the questions that may be brought up...I am in the 40-60 age group and before finding raw, had a plethora of health issues starting. So they name their concern, I probably have a health issue I cured or control via this diet..
Ie low to no salt equals normal blood pressure
No cholesterol means normal cholesterol
No gluten or grains means good digestion
Everyone has a fave food they like and think everyone else should eat.
Everyone has sin foods they avoid or overeat if they think it benefits them.
Sun Zus art of war can work in the veg and nutrition and health worlds too.
Know your enemy ie know their weaknesses, and then use it to your advantage.
PS...one more thing...no more glasses which I attribute to my high vitamin C rich oranges and vitamin A rich diet.
Serious Answer: From plants of course.
Slightly annoyed: If cows can get protein from eating grass, surely we can get it from fruit and vegetables..
Pure Sarcasm: Oh no! I'm going to become a stick figure without animal protein and die! *munches carrot* mmmmm my precious...
Least...that's what I would say since this will be my first vegan Thanksgiving xD
Ha ha! Nice Colette!
Thanks Mikey! Family plans on going to a restaurant for Thanksgiving. At least my mom plans on trying to find one that has options to make something vegan.
An add on to the pure sarcasm:
*prints out a vegan ecard and writes "no protein!?" on it, then shows it to the family during dinner then points to my plate with a "Are you serious?" look. Hehehehe, sorry having fun with this.
Fun is contagious. I have fun with your fun!
It very much is and the sillier people become xD myself included.
30bad should sell cards for most common stupid questions that we could distribute to people whenever needed. Hey, as suggested here they could even have 3 answers at the back !
Brilliant! Um...do it! It'll serve a purpose - and ... you'll make some dough. Vegan dough ... good dough!
I think PETA actually has some that show different vegan foods like tofu and potatoes and the amount of protein in them...it is PETA, but the cards are handy when you've got that one relative that is just "so concerned about where you're getting your nutrients." Plus I think you can get 2 or 3 of them for free...free stuff is pretty cool.