You said it: get new "friends", or actual friends who do not make fun of the choices you make.
That's good advice. If you aren't comfortable trying to influence (in a direct manner) others to become vegan then perhaps you would feel comfortable asking them to at least respect your dietary choices and not bring it up all the time.Originally Posted by Wednesday_12
At any rate, I don't ask my friend to become Vegan, just to respect my choices in life, and why is this so hard for her to do?
"Vegan bull****."Originally Posted by eistxist
Most of my friends are respectful of my choices, but I have received some rude comments here and there. I was out with friends at Denny's and one of them asked me why I am vegan. I gave him a vague explanation, knowing he would not absorb anything I said. His response was, "Vegan bull****." The best way to deal with people like this is to simply be nice and take their mockery with a grain of salt. They usually don't know what they're talking about, anyway. :]
Have you read the whole thing yet?Originally Posted by Scarlet Soul
I've been having the same problems with friends, so when I saw this book at the library I picked it up. It helps answer some of these questions and sheds light on why omni's get so defensive about food.
The basic idea is that they have blocked themselves from the information and the benefits of being veg*n so that they can continue to enjoy their lifestyle free from a conscience. Just your presence as a vegan makes them see that there is another way of living. They don't want to know why it's good for you. They don't want to know what happens to the animals. They've blocked it out.
They make it seem trivial because if it's trivial then it can't be upsetting.
I still don't know how to deal with them though!
I'm smack in the middle right now and her ideas on deflection and non-confrontational wording seem to be working for me so far.Originally Posted by Kiran
Have you read the whole thing yet?
That is a great book and I often find myself using her suggestions for how to defuse awkward and confrontational situations.
LOL my mother stopped over the other day and was perfectly horrified by the title. "so I'm a meat eater now?" like it was some sort of terrible epiphany.Originally Posted by Shamandura
Seems like the type a book I'd want to keep hidden from my husband, as he'd probably take it as me trying to disect him.
If by "be nice" you mean "take a fork out" and "take their mockery with a grain salt" you mean "stick it in their knee", I agree completely.Originally Posted by eistxist
The best way to deal with people like this is to simply be nice and take their mockery with a grain of salt.
She's horrified? Like she isn't a meat eater?Originally Posted by Scarlet Soul
LOL my mother stopped over the other day and was perfectly horrified by the title. "so I'm a meat eater now?" like it was some sort of terrible epiphany.