I want to be vegan, but I’m scared, not of bring judged, but of failing…. What if I can’t do it, I tried once but was too weak (mentally because of teasing) to go on, I don’t want to hurt animals but everyone keeps telling me that I am overreacting and that one being needs to die in order for another to live. I tried but I need serious advice – Totally Vegan Buzz
Ask Vegans AnythingCategory: QuestionsI want to be vegan, but I’m scared, not of bring judged, but of failing…. What if I can’t do it, I tried once but was too weak (mentally because of teasing) to go on, I don’t want to hurt animals but everyone keeps telling me that I am overreacting and that one being needs to die in order for another to live. I tried but I need serious advice

I want to be vegan, but I’m scared, not of bring judged, but of failing…. What if I can’t do it, I tried once but was too weak (mentally because of teasing) to go on, I don’t want to hurt animals but everyone keeps telling me that I am overreacting and that one being needs to die in order for another to live. I tried but I need serious advice

AvatarVesa asked 1 year ago
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Avatararulen answered 1 year ago

It can be hard when starting out but i honestly feel that it may be easier to do it one step at a time! You can start by being vegan once a week and adding on more days of the week slowly. Sometimes I find it very tempting to stop being vegan, but i watch those videos of how much animal cruelty there is in the meat industry and how being vegan can help with our environment and i start to feel motivated again! That’s how i deal with it and maybe you could use that method too

Avatareyvegan answered 1 year ago

It can be hard, but following activists and watching videos on what happens to animals has helped me. It’s extremely hard when family isn’t on board but if you keep fighting, eventually it’ll become second nature to you. Maybe you could slowly eliminate meat. I managed to have only one meal this year not Vegan, last year I had three a week at least, maybe least. I have been recommended a lot ‘Forks Over Knives’, ‘Cowspiracy’, and ‘What the Health’. Maybe you could check them out too? Once you find the motivation and keep it around, Veganism will always be on your mind. The Netherlands news on the activists that fought will forever be embedded into my mind. It took me four years before I went fully Vegan. I hope I can make it past four years and be that way til I die, and I hope you can too! It’s a truly amazing lifestyle, it’s a challenge, but it’s worth it. We are all there for each other, helping one another out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! There’s tons of information online and I’ve also found Pinterest be a good platform to save Vegan meal ideas and other stuff about animals because if you are on it as much as I am then you constantly have vegan motivation. Instagram is the same way! Good luck! ?✊??

AvatarVegangal answered 1 year ago

It’s totally okay to have little fall outs, it’s completly normal cause you are getting out of a routine you’ve been following for "x" amount of years. By going vegan, you have to accept the fact that probably its going to be hard eating as much as learning that people will be against it, But learning how to respond to those critics (with respect) is so cool, cause you see them slowly getting out of arguments and thats awesome beacuse you are teaching and helping people to try to understand why is so i.portant to get out of this horrrifying culture. Good luck! Going vegan is one of the best things that ever happened to me! ❤?. By the way, you can always clarufy your questions in here, its so cool that a platform like this exists!

AvatarCeriFlook answered 1 year ago

Hi, I work for a non-profit called Beyond Carnism, founded by social psychologist Melanie Joy, PhD. Our work is geared towards creating sustainable practices for vegan advocates. I highky recommend reading Dr. Joy’s book Beyond Beliefs, as I think many of the answers to how you are feeling are in there: https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Beliefs-Relationships-Communication-Vegetarians/dp/1590565800/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1532865302&sr=1-2&keywords=beyond+beliefs

AvatarVeggieBoy answered 1 year ago

It’s important to stay motivated to your goals. There are many videos and documentaries out there about slaughterhouses such as Dominion and Land of Hope and Glory (UK Earthlings documentary). It’s hard to go vegan if you don’t have the proper motivation, if it’s for the animals or even for the health benefits. I would advise watching “Earthing Ed” on YouTube. He has two very powerful ted talks to help motivate you. For me, I’ve followed a lot of vegan accounts off. Of instagram to keep me motivated as well. Good luck and I hope things go well! ?

AvatarVeganValeria answered 1 year ago

Don’t worry, transitioning to veganism is different for everyone, I did it right away, but take your time, be vegetarian first if it’s easier and it’s okay if you fall of the wagon you’ll recover later.

AvatarVeggie_boi answered 1 year ago

You don’t have to go vegan all at once, start out by cutting out individual things, maybe start with meat first. Being vegan is a completely individual experience, you do what feels right. Don’t let other people get in the way of your beliefs. If you still live with your parents it can be kinda tricky but I’ve found that if you sit down with them and tell them that it means a great deal to you they usually come around eventually. You can start cooking your own meals and whatnot. It may be hard to get the food that you want if you still live with your parents but if you get healthy foods they will usually buy it for you. I definitely used a lot of Pinterest and instagram for recipes, still do. You’ll find your staples and after that it’s just about being creative, try new things but don’t overwhelm yourself. My staples include burritos, and burrito shop you can get a veggie burrito with no cheese and despite what you may think, most places don’t use lard in their beans. The beans are super good protein. Also I’ve never found a bagel that wasn’t vegan, just use hummus instead of cream cheese, hummus also packs a lot of protein

AvatarMelanie answered 1 year ago

You’re making a much bigger difference than anyone else I will never understand why people love to get involved it’s what you eat, if you had a dairy allergy no one would bag an eyelid

Even if you’re not vocal about it and if you go out and someone asks what you want just say that about the dairy allergy they’ll have no come back

It’s food at the end of the day it makes NO difference to them

Do what you can you’re making a difference and so many people are behind you and proud of you ❤️

AvatarMelanie answered 1 year ago
  • Humans don’t need to eat meat
  • Humans aren’t designed to eat meat (teeth are similar to herbivores)

    -Humans know better

    It is so different with animals eating meat it is not an over reaction honestly

    I say to people if you can’t watch in depth of where your food comes from don’t eat it

    You can do it even if you just try and swap things out every so often we’re all behind you ?

AvatarAnonymous answered 1 year ago

i made an excuse like this for 10 years. I honestly dont bring up my diet with anybody unless i have too, co workers, some friends have no idea still

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