Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: United States of America
I told everyone all at the same time (great aunt, great uncle, great grandparents). My great grandmother complained for a few weeks, mostly worried about my health then eventually backed off. My great grandfather never commented. My great uncle accommodated me in meals. My aunt however... She already had her opinions. She refuses to even think of the diet as enjoyable because she had tofu once in the 1970s, and according to her, all I eat is tofu when she's never seen me eat it.. And when I was vegetarian, she called me vegan, since I didn't eat chicken and fish.
The whole reason for my whole long, drawn out explanation of my experience is that sometimes you need some patience and use a calmer approach, explain some things and smooth it over. I agree with what kiwibird said about your conscious, since it holds back arguments. Always try and answer questions, curiosity is never a bad thing when it comes to learning about vegetarianism/veganism.