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How to deal with pressure from family when telling them you are becoming a vegan?

My mum was concerned about my health and wellbeing when I transitioned from vegetarianism to veganism, but I was not living at home at the time. What I did was constantly talk about the great food I ...
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How to deal with pressure from family when telling them you are becoming a vegan?

In my personal experience there is one thing that made my family more open to the idea of veganism and that vegan food is not bland and boring (one of the major concerns my family also had). Cook for ...
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How can I ask my guests to eat vegan when I host them?

The host generally makes the rules for an event, so a condition like that is entirely appropriate. If they have dietary/medical needs that they feel cannot be met by vegan means, you might want to ...
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How to deal with pressure from family when telling them you are becoming a vegan?

Lots of good answers already but I may have an additional viewpoint to offer. Background: My sister started being Vegan about 6 years ago. I was not very supportive and did all the negative things ...
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How to deal with pressure from family when telling them you are becoming a vegan?

Context: 10 years ago I made some hefty nutrition changes in my life (it wasn't about being vegan, but I won't go into it here, as it does not matter). Let's suffice to say that it was borderline ...
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Is it vegan to invite others to non-vegan meals?

Generally speaking, covering a non-vegan's meal expense does not sit right with me, and technically certainly is not vegan. But I feel there is a time to make an exception. I have a house rule of no ...
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How do I avoid explaining veganism?

Just be direct with them. Say "Veganism is just my preference and is something I do because of x (health/morals/whatever) and its tiring having the same conversation each day. I'd rather talk about ...
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How I can I convince my (Moroccan) family it's OK to go vegetarian?

there is a saying in India which says "iron cuts the iron". Similarly, good food can replace good food. By cooking good veg dishes , you can make room for veg food on the dinner table. You don't even ...
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How can I deal with meat repulsion?

Find a means to distract yourself. For example you could: Listen to music. Write something (a story, a shopping list etc). Read something (a book, an article, some stackexchange questions). Do some ...
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Is it vegan to invite others to non-vegan meals?

Veganism isn't about just eating plant based food, or avoiding leather, it's about avoiding animal exploitation whenever and wherever possible. I believe this extends to gifts and food you buy for ...
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How to deal with pressure from family when telling them you are becoming a vegan?

Regarding your family's concern that going vegan might have adverse health effects: Have your doctor request labs for you periodically, showing that you are indeed still healthy as a vegan, and refer ...
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How to deal with pressure from family when telling them you are becoming a vegan?

When I was transitioning diets from omnivore to vegetarian and later vegan, my family has been rather surprised and prejudiced against the process as well. Here are some of the things that made this ...
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How do I avoid explaining veganism?

After 15 years of having these conversations, I've found that the most conversation dampening reply is simply "I'm vegan because I don't want to kill animals". This is said in a very matter-of-fact ...
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How to deal with pressure from family when telling them you are becoming a vegan?

How can I deal with this issue? What would be a good way of convincing them that my lifestyle is not inherently unhealthy? I know that starting a campaign to convince your family about all the ...
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How can I explain my decision to refuse to purchase or handle animal products for others?

Your question is a bit vague, so I'll answer the question I think you're asking ("How do I explain to meat-eaters that I'd rather not cook/handle/buy meat/animal products for ethical reasons without ...
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How can I ask my guests to eat vegan when I host them?

I believe it is. You are the host and you are offering them a place at your table. Unless there is a medical issue preventing someone to eat what you plan to cook (allergies, perhaps?) it would ...
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How I can I convince my (Moroccan) family it's OK to go vegetarian?

I'm going to make what I suspect will be a slightly controversial suggestion. Perhaps you could use some islamic scriptures to convince them that vegetarianism is not un-islamic (I am assuming this ...
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How to deal with pressure from family when telling them you are becoming a vegan?

I just want to provide experience from the other side, perhaps it could be useful to understand some reactions: I am an omnivore and a family member, lets call that person "A", is vegetarian. Well, ...
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How to counter the theory that you need to eat a bit of everything to have a balanced life?

For a facile reply, you could point out there are plenty of poisons that it is best to avoid. Should you eat a little bit of all mushrooms? Should you include a little beer, wine, gin, whiskey, etc? ...
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What should I do when receiving non-vegan gifts?

When possible, reject the present. Thank you so much. I am sorry, but I can't really accept it. While different cultures have different approaches to this, it is generally not unreasonable to ...
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How do I avoid explaining veganism?

I think intent behind the questions is important too. Some people ask not out of judgement or to start an argument, but because they are genuinely curious. I had a boss a few years ago that always ...
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How can I tell if this pizza is vegan?

It is hard to see any practical answer to this. I don't suppose that you have access to a sophisticated chemistry laboratory. I don't know how to perform this specific test but I have seen a ...
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How can I ask my guests to eat vegan when I host them?

An example I usually call for when faced with this situation is responding "If you would invite people from a place where they eat dog and cat as much as they eat pork, would you serve dog and cat, or ...
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How can I tactfully ask someone not to repeat arguments against vegetarianism?

If you've already asked them to stop, they are harrassing you. You've already tried asking tactfully, so I think you're really asking how to make them stop without being rude or making things worse. ...
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How to counter the theory that you need to eat a bit of everything to have a balanced life?

First we need to define "a bit of everything" and "balanced life". I'll go with the following definition: "a bit of everything" means to include almost every product on a periodic basis. "balanced ...
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How should I address neglect when coworkers bring in non-vegan donuts?

Yes, it would be unreasonable. Do they ask that you bring in only non-vegan donuts? No. You shouldn't expect people to alter the way they do things to appease a small group. There may be people that ...
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Best way to get rid of the smell of cooking flesh (meat)?

The best is always to communicate with your housemates. Try to be calm and tell them that the smell is making you nauseous. If there's a kitchen fan, politely ask them if they can please turn it on ...
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How can I tactfully ask someone not to repeat arguments against vegetarianism?

Are they trying to discuss seriously? In this case you could decide whether you can enter on the content-level and tell them that you do or don't want to discuss this over lunch or ask them why they ...
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How can I find out at a job interview whether the company is vegan friendly?

Ask I doubt that you would be forced to eat lunch in the company. If the company offers lunch as a perk; I see no reason why you wouldn't politely ask about the menu. Being labeled is always a risk, ...
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