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#1 Old 01-25-2017, 09:59 AM
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The surroundings are weirding me out

Hello everyone, I know I'm very new to this, not even completely vegan yet (I'm getting there).
Quick background: I went lacto-ovo-pescetarian in september, I wasn't really planning on eating either dairy or fish at the time (was aiming for ovo-vegetarian) but I ended up being quite "chill" about it and ate whatever was served to me unless it was any other meat than fish.
Now: I was planning on transitioning slowly to vegan over february to make it less of a shock for my family that I eat with quite often, but I've found myself more and more weirded out by meat and especially dairy products. Suddenly all the recipes with meat look weird to me, my brother pouring up yoghurt looks weird, my grandmother laughing while saying what she will eat later (meat) feels weird, the milk in my parents fridge is weird, why is there sour cream in this lunch box? It is like I'm standing inside a bubble and looking out, on others, who all are cheerfully eating things that now feels completely barbaric to me, and it is everywhere. I haven't been able to eat anything offered to me since last week, it just feels too weird and wrong. I don't like going to the store anymore, I just end up staring at products and leaving empty handed.

I guess this transition is going to be faster than I thought, at least when it comes to food.


Is this something that hits everyone when they decide to go vegan? I knew very well that I was eating animals etc before, I have not really learned anything new more than that I'm able to live just fine without it. I guess I don't know why I feel so weird about it all, empty in a sense.

I'm not sure what i wanted with this all, to "get it out", maybe.
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#2 Old 01-25-2017, 10:40 AM
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This makes perfect sense on every level, I can relate, I am sure many vegans and vegetarians can!

It seems to me that you are well on your way to being a vegan, or at least very close to that.
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#3 Old 01-25-2017, 11:53 AM
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Yes, I can relate. I remember feeling this way too.


It's important to remember that your family is still your family - they are some of the most important people in your life. They may not understand certain things the way that you do now, but they are still the same people who raised you, and who love you. It's probably not realistic to expect them to change their mind about these things, at least not right away. If some of your family members do decide to try vegetarianism, it will be because they are inspired by your health and enjoyment. They will not be inspired by criticism. Ask me how I know!
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#4 Old 01-25-2017, 11:55 AM
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I haven't been able to eat anything offered to me since last week, it just feels too weird and wrong. I don't like going to the store anymore, I just end up staring at products and leaving empty handed.
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You are eating food though, right?
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#5 Old 01-25-2017, 08:14 PM
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Thank you both for the replies, I have not changed how I view my family, and I am not an outspoken person when it comes to my views on things, so becoming a "vocal vegan" has never really been a thought. I have not mentioned this to them at all, I would come off as nuts (haha). I still like my family, my feeling towards them hasn't changed because of this, I mean, this behaviour is pretty much world wide, isn't it? It is more my world view that is changing.


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You are eating food though, right?
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I went home to my place again to have something to eat, before I've usually just eaten whatever they had, so looking into their fridge to find vegan options wasn't really that easy... I mean, pasta with ketchup and nothing more, porridge without milk, bread without anything on it. Yeah, I left to go to my place.
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Yes.

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