My name is Aimée and I'm an 18 year old living in South Australia. I've flirted with veganism in the past, but never been strong enough to commit. Lately though, I have felt that it is right for my body and the plant to go vegan. On top of that, I have been watching the documentary 'Earthlings' and it makes me sick to my stomach that we would torture beautiful animals just so we can have dinner.
I'm scared as my parents don't really support my decision (I have a back history of anorexia, so they think it's me restricting my intake, however I have been 99.9% recovered for 2 years now), and my Dad is a proud carnivore. I tried to get my Mum to come out to a vegan café with me, but she point blank refused as they 'don't have meat'. Disgusting.
Anyway, I feel very alone in this decision, despite knowing it's the best one for me. I cannot continue to live in ignorance.
I hope to be able to have a chat to some of you, it would be nice speaking to like-minded people!
Hi Aimée and welcome to Veggie Boards.
I can understand your mum's concerns regarding your eating disorder. There are obvious parallels with restricting intake for ED reasons and restricting intake based on specific dietary choice. Perhaps if you drew up a meal plan showing that you are not restricting calories (just the type of food you get those calories from) then your Mum might feel reassured. You'll find there are a number of recovering ana/mia posters on VB if you do need support at any time x
Would your parents watch Earthlings? That way they will see the reasons why you are turning vegan, even if they don't wish to do so themselves.
Good luck with your transition, I'm sure you'll find VB an informative and supportive forum.
Hi Aimée and welcome to VeggieBoards.
I think Quiet-Vegan's post is excellent and there's nothing I can add to it.
For any questions you have and support you need, we'll do our best.
Welcome Aimée, you've come to the right place and we shall always be in support of your decision. Furthermore you are doing it for the correct reason.This has no connection with anorexia, infact with a planned vegetarian diet you get the right quantity of protein, vitamins and minerals that can be quickly absorbed by the body thus actually increasing the energy and overall health within days. Since you already know the decision is the best one for you, all you need to do is stick with it and prove that the results are great for you so that your family is happy too.
Best of luck. You can feel free to discuss your progress here.
The earth has enough resources for everyones need but not their greed.
There is also a ED recovery and support thread on the boards you may find interesting to help others, or discuss things only ED survivors and strugglers can understand.
Earthlings is such a powerful film. The creator is coming out with a more upbeat sequal soon, that explores the meaning of life and lives.
"You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
Just do your change gracefully and if you can show your parents you are doing even better without meat, you will influence them some day. I am a homemaker with two teenage kids. Started quietly with veggies and soon enough my two kids notice the change and start questioning me. It really moves me when they tried to follows me and within a couple of months I have my two kids following a vegetarian diet with me. My spouse was mad enough to tell me off with words like stone but I still cooked whatever he likes for him. It took quite a long while before he comes to term with us and decided to join us. Just do it for ourselves and not to try to impose our believe onto others. Not to inconvenience our mother also. When I visit my parent , gathering with relatives or attend wedding dinners, I just eat veggies and avoid meat and other ingredients. Not to let them feels that we are different species. We have to make others feel comfortable with us.
You are very blessed to start early in life,
Keep it up !!! Hooray!!!!
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