There are times I feel awkward, mostly because someone is sure to remind me that I've gone too far. Once they're by themselves of course, they hate it when anyone sticks up for me!
I say I don't use *whatever* because I don't believe in it, and if I were to use it I wouldn't be living my beliefs. I remind them of how much real, whole food, is perfect without using animal products. Rice Dream, and other frozen desserts, are just as good as ice cream. If they say it's expensive, I remind them it's a treat!
When it comes to pizza, I tell them it took a couple of months to loose the craving for cheese, but now I don't miss it, and found Daiya, which is good now and then. I'm sure to mention how much improved my sinuses are, and lack of headaches.
I think I worried about being rude a lot in the beginning. Now it's so much a part of me I no longer flinch. Well, I do when it comes to asking about things like ingrediants of items. That still bugs me.
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good