I love the decision I made to go vegan. It is honestly the best thing I could have ever done personally, ethically, environmentally and socially. I do not regret ever making this life changing choice.
When I made the decision to go vegan, I knew that there would be hard times ahead, not with food, but concerning other people. I knew I would get the comments, the questions and the advice from others either because they were genuinely concerned or because people like to give their opinions regardless of content.
I have successfully turned many of my friends into protein masters. Vegan FTW!
I also believed that eventually these hardships would stop. People would stop offering me some sort of meat or cheese. People would stop telling me they are hungry because #proteinbrah. People would finally “get it” even if they didn’t make the decision for themselves.
Well, here I am over 1.5 years later, in the same job, with the same people, and those things have not gone away.
My coworkers still offer me things and then say, “oh yea, you’re vegan so you can’t.” What kills me is that one of my best friends and coworkers, who is super smart and trying to get healthy basically shouts every time there is a free pastry or something “YOU CAN’T HAVE THIS!” Then the next day she tells me about some juice cleanse she and her girlfriend are going on. She is also so cultured and understands environmental impact so I just don’t get why she does this.
I asked her that question one time and she said “Ellie, there are some things I care about and are on the forefront of my mind more than others.”
I get that, but considering going vegan is the best thing you can do for the environment, health and morality, that three punch combo kind of trumps any other impact.
I thought I would become a more understanding vegan. I am more controlled in how I respond to people’s questions and my take on activism, but I still do not get why people, when they know the information, choose to make bad choices.
I just cannot accept that. If a doctor said “You have a broken arm. To fix it, we will set it and put it in a cast.” No one in their right mind would be like, “eh…I think I’ll wait it out and see if it fixes itself.” Ya just don’t do that am I right?
What do you still need to accept?
How do you respond to comments made about your habits or lifestyle?