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02-25-2014 03:07 PM
TinyShort

I'm the only vegan in my family.

 

My baby sister said that she was going vegetarian about a year ago, though I don't know if she stuck to it.

02-23-2014 02:22 AM
roflysst

I just found out my brother-in-law is a vegan and my sister is a vegetarian :)

02-22-2014 02:49 PM
llama112

I'm the only vegetarian in my family.  It's sooooo tough when I visit my family.  They eat super unhealthy, they eat lots of meat, and they eat lots of dairy.  Luckily I live with my boyfriend and we are both veg and healthy eaters.  But my family makes the most ridiculous comments about my diet ... it's so crazy.

02-03-2014 03:30 PM
Dustin Kippers
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Originally Posted by JessAndreia View Post
 

I am the only vegetarian (almost vegan) in the family. Sadly, quite a few people in my family have no problems killing a chicken themselves. And out of those who have no problem killing chickens, some would probably have no problems killing a pig either.

 

Interesting way of thinking about it.  I actually have less against someone that is willing to/has slaughtered their own meat than someone that would never do that but still eats meat. It's one thing to eat meat when you know what it takes to get that meat to the table it's a whole different ballgame when you shove your head in the sand and ignore what's going on.  Being vegetarian is a new decision for me and I'm incredibly surprised that I made it considering I have slaughtered and eaten animals that have been raised by my family and myself.  Consider that maybe that same willingness might make them more open to your lifestyle.

01-26-2014 11:25 AM
cobalamin I don't see anything wrong with living with a meat eater unless their cooking stunk up the house and they are psychologically abusive. Life is the worst living with an egotistical smoker that smokes inside. I wouldn't sweat it if someone ate animals, they are hurting themselves.
01-26-2014 10:32 AM
ilikekale
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Originally Posted by cobalamin View Post

I am the only vegan. smiley.gif

Me too. My wife "flirts" with it but she's not quite there yet.

The kids did a vegetarian Christmas, basically just for me. Yeah, there was a ham for everyone else but everything else was vegetarian (not vegan) and quite delicious.

Ken
01-26-2014 06:56 AM
cobalamin I am the only vegan. smiley.gif

Interesting articles...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herd_mentality
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herd_behavior
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupthink
01-26-2014 04:12 AM
roflysst

Mum has been a vegetarian since before I was born, although she's kind of become a "flexitarian" this past year or two (though she won't admit it). She tends to make excuses for eating the odd bit of meat and act like she had no 'choice'.

I think her boyfriends sister is a vegetarian too, but I've only met her once.

 

Aside from that, I'm surrounded by Omni's. My boyf was being quite supportive of me becoming vegan, he stuck up for veg*ns in an argument with his mother, then he had a go at me for not eating cheese and said if I was going to be that "extreme" I have to buy all new toiletries and clothes .... He didn't know what to say when I told him that they were already vegan.

 

@Lissy      Have you asked your father in-law why it bothers him so much? Personally I try and stay out of arguments                  with omni's and explain to them that I'm not judging them, it's my ethics and my choice.

01-25-2014 07:26 PM
Lissy

^^ if anyone has some tips to help this situation (or even to help me be more patient with it) they would be greatly appreciated :-/

01-23-2014 03:44 AM
Lissy

My brother-in-law and I are Vegan, and my hubby has no problem eating Vegan at home and when we go out (but he also eats meat and dairy).

 

My entire family are very supportive of my choice, and are accommodating and considerate both at home and when we go out to eat together :smitten:

 

Hubby's family on the other hand, have not accepted my brother-in-law (their son!) or my choice easily.  My father-in-law (keep in mind this man is far from the pinnacle of physical fitness), really got on his high horse about how ridiculous and unintelligent a vegetarian/vegan diet was and how it was not helping the world in any way, shape or form.  He tries to argue like he is a dietician every single meal.  

 

My mother-in-law goes back and forth between proudly telling everyone how she cooked a Vegan meal (usually with some cream or cheese or something that makes it not Vegan) and how she's trying to give up meat and then the next day telling me how she could never give up cheese or a good steak :think: I don't know which in-law is worse... 

12-31-2013 07:27 AM
VGART4Life

Hi guys!

I was the first in my family, but my mom turned vegetarian a couple of years after me! There's hope everywhere! :vebo:

12-29-2013 07:35 AM
ashlend In my biological family, I am the only one. On my husband's side of the family, I have as cousins one fish-eating "vegetarian," one actual vegetarian, and one cheese-eating "vegan."
12-28-2013 10:48 PM
violetdolphin55

I have a vegetarian half sister, a vegetarian sister that passed away, a vegetarian mother-in-law and sister-in-law.  But my parents are definitely meat eaters and that will likely never be vegetarian.  But I'm lucky to at least have some family that are.

11-08-2013 04:20 AM
retrospective
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I'm the only vegan in my family because it was a choice I made on my own..and I was just wondering if it's like this for anyone else?



It gets REALLY hard sometimes because I feel like I don't belong anymore. And when I make a single comment about my diet, my brother lashes out at me and they all chime in! I don't think they understand, no matter how many times I've tried explaining it to them...They can say how gross it is for me to be a vegan, but I never say anything about wanted to upchuck my meals when my Dad's eating hamburgers...! Help?


Kind of. I live in a different country so it does not really affect me on daily basis. My mother has always eaten more veggies than meat, my brother has a compassion for animals, but he still consumes meat. And my father is a devoted life-long hunter. They have a country house in the middle of the forest and that always gave my dad even more of a chance to go hunting. He set up a tiny hunters house in a tree (kind of like those forts you usually build for kids), started feeding wild hogs in a nearby field until they came there on regular basis not knowing what awaits them. Once they were used to their new food source, he started killing them off. As long as I remember myself their freezer has been always stocked with the ''game''. It is sad and frustrating, but I do not think he will change at his age anymore and there is not much I can do about it, especially since we really do not have much of a relationship these days.

 

What concerns me more is that my partner refuses to go veggie. We have established an agreement that at least we won't keep any meat in the house and I certainly won't prepare it for him. So when he does eat meat, it is usually on lunch breaks or when we eat out/order in. At least I have been able to somehow limit his meat consumption, however it is still frustrating to know that he hasn't stopped completely. It is often a source of many arguments.

11-05-2013 02:22 PM
jessandreia

I am the only vegetarian (almost vegan) in the family. Sadly, quite a few people in my family have no problems killing a chicken themselves. And out of those who have no problem killing chickens, some would probably have no problems killing a pig either.

11-05-2013 08:16 AM
By Halves

I'm the only vegetarian. I gave up meat as a teenager and just ate what everyone else was having on the side with a lump of cheese while I was living at home. Shortly before he died my Dad said when I stopped eating meat he'd had a little chuckle to himself and wondered how long I'd last and he told me he was really proud of me for having stayed with it. He was very much an animal lover but just thought he couldn't manage it himself. Since he died my Mum has mostly been eating vegetarian although she'll have meat with company. Knowing her lack of cooking skills I imagine she now lives almost entirely on salad, cheese and yoghurt! I taught myself to cook when I moved out and my late ex-hubby was happy to eat veggie at home although he also ate meat in company.

 

While my kids have always eaten vegetarian at home it will always be their decision elsewhere. My son decided to be vegetarian shortly before he was six and managed to keep it up for a few months but he went back to eating meat sometimes because there isn't always a vegetarian meal left for school dinners if he goes in to the hall late. I love that he's started thinking about it so young, his little sister isn't so much of a thinker!

 

My boyfriend is an omni. He's quite soft-hearted though and doesn't seem too comfortable with it. When we move in together I'll encourage him to think more about it ;D

11-04-2013 07:51 PM
ck97
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Originally Posted by SoulTofood View Post

My brother and I are the only vegans. I have a motto which is basically fux with it. Means the [f-word] deal with it. But my younger brother is a little more sensitive than and I and has a really big heart. Our relatives make use uncomfortable by watching us cooking and making ugly faces. They refuse to try anything we make. And even when they say it smells all right, they still refuse to try it. My father use to call most of our vegan stuff, vegan crap. And would get pretty prissy that he had to buy our specialty items. Even though it was for our health. 
my family is the same way. I really want to be a vegan and I already pretty much am, but they arent supprotive of it. they call it stupid to my face... do you have any advice of how to deal with it because sometimes it drives me crazy!
and I love th fux it lol
09-23-2013 04:59 PM
CrazyApple

I'm the only vegan but my daughter is vegetarian. I was a lone vegetarian for about 5 years. She became vegetarian at about the same time I became vegan.

09-23-2013 03:57 PM
prettyleodia

I hate when family are like that. My parents and siblings are supportive about it, but I always feel like planning a meal (home or out) is a hassle. They don't do it intentionally. I guess my MIL  and husband are worst of all though. They always give my meal the "what the hell is that" look.

It went so far once that a month where money was tight, my husband said I should stop buying "that healthy stuff" because "it was too expensive".

 

I ask myself the same question, Why the hell am I with him?

09-23-2013 02:29 PM
Mathilda I'm the only veggie in my family. It can be tough sometimes, but a few days ago my Mom went to a vegan restaurant with me for my birthday and she was delighted. A very pleasant surprise for her and for me.
09-22-2013 08:20 PM
SoulTofood

My brother and I are the only vegans. I have a motto which is basically fux with it. Means the [f-word] deal with it. But my younger brother is a little more sensitive than and I and has a really big heart. Our relatives make use uncomfortable by watching us cooking and making ugly faces. They refuse to try anything we make. And even when they say it smells all right, they still refuse to try it. My father use to call most of our vegan stuff, vegan crap. And would get pretty prissy that he had to buy our specialty items. Even though it was for our health. 

09-22-2013 05:21 PM
manics_fan

For the first few years of my veg*n life I was. My aunt and cousin were both vegetarians before I went veggie myself, but had both stopped by the time I started (my aunt cited medical reasons and my cousin just missed bacon). My Mum eventually became vegetarian a few years ago though, after years of me trying to convince her, so I'm not any more. Nobody else in my family is but they're all supportive of me, even my brother who teases me about it (but not in any serious way).

09-22-2013 12:30 PM
zorah

I'm the only veggie in my family and it sucks. My mother usually tries to understand my choices, but my father and (especially) brother are constantly talking stupid things like "meat is so delicious, you don't know what are you resigning from", "you'll die because of the lack of nutricions". I am quite knowledgeable about vitamins, nutritions etc. because for a long time I've been doing some researches in this field, but whenever I try to explain them some things they just won't listen to me and ignore. It really pisses me off. This ignorance is even more annoying than those idiotic comments. And although I've been veggie for almost 3 years I haven't got used to it and I don't think I will.

09-19-2013 08:34 PM
prettyleodia

I know how you feel. I don't have any vegetarian or vegan friends. So for now I just plod along.

I have a daughter that I don't raise vegan. My husband is most definitely not a vegan (or into healthy eating in general) and since I made the choice to stop eating animal products I feel that she should be allowed to choose what is best for her. She is only 8 right now, and enjoys vegan and non vegan foods. Deep down, I would love for her to go veg. But again, it should be her choice.

02-26-2013 11:30 AM
Shadowlock

I'm the only vegan but my man and his two kids are vegetarian/pescetarian. There's one kid who won't eat eggs but still does dairy, the other will eat anything you put in front of her. My boyfriend sometimes thinks he wants fish, but then he gets it home and ends up eating what I make. The last time he did that, half a pound of shrimp ended up turning in the fridge and I had to toss it.

02-24-2013 06:00 PM
cherries

Yes I told my uncle I didn't eat meat and he told me I was stupid. 

02-23-2013 06:51 PM
Zab

There is one veg*n in my extended family, but I never see her. This is the reason that I joined this site in the first place! They are as supportive as they can be when I am present. If they aren't being supportive then they keep it to themselves (most of the time). They certainly aren't mean about it, and I don't feel any pressure from them.

02-15-2013 11:19 AM
'IckenNoodleSoup

Yep, but since that report about vegetarianism and heart health came out, I've been poking my Dad (recently retired) about going veggie.

02-15-2013 08:57 AM
SlaveToGravity

My cousin is a vegetarian and has been since she was a little girl (now 28).

My girlfriend is not quite a vegetarian, she thinks the idea of meat is disgusting but still cooks with lard wall.gif.

 

I am the only vegan I know which is a huge shame.

 

-Slave.

02-14-2013 05:11 PM
drowsyturtle My family eats meat. Most of my friends eat meat. My housemate eats meat.

Sod 'em! wink3.gif
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