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Hey all,<br><br>
I write a vegetarian blog and I have a question for everyone. I'm hoping to gather a bunch of answers for an upcoming topic for my blog. So my question is: <b>What are the most challenging things you have had to overcome as a vegetarian/vegan?</b> For example, telling people, people not being understanding, answering people's questions, etc.<br><br>
Thanks in advance! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
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For vegan, I would say it is finding healthy convenient meals while traveling. It takes a lot of planning.
 

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Definitely what Mojo said.<br><br>
I'd also add telling family/friends who just don't get it. For example, my DH's grandmother has trouble understanding that tomato sauce with meat in it is not vegetarian. ("It's just tomato sauce - just a little meat won't hurt you!")<br><br>
Also, even after several years I continue to receive leather and wool as gifts from various people. It's a challenge to make people understand you won't use any animal products, especially when our culture is built on using animals for a lot of things, and thinking nothing of it.
 

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I would say it is difficult eating at someone else's home or at a restaurant, especially since I have gone vegan and gluten-free. I get so weary of only eating salad when I'm out somewhere.<br><br>
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I would definitely say it's been meat eating family members. My husband's family is pretty understanding and even fixed a couple meals to my 'dietary needs'. But my family....I talked with my mom in depth over the menu and asked her if I should cook my own stuff since most would be meat filled - we decided on fixing a nice salad and at least not adding bacon to the green beans. (It's an 8 hour drive to a small country town where everything shuts down for the holidays so difficult to bring a dish) Bacon was in the green beans, no salad, and 10 types of meat were on the table. I'm serious. It's a good thing I was still eating dairy and eggs or I would have starved. She also gave me a bacon tray that you use to cook bacon in the microwave...because it was $2 and she couldn't pass it up because she always wanted one and got two...I thought about telling her I didn't want it and the reason why (again) but decided to let this one go....maybe it will work for fake bacon....sigh.
 

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I live in Denver, eating out is easy here. And my upbringing (by two women) had prepped my family for weirder than just not eating meat. I guess I have it easy.
 

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As a vegetarian child it was the constant "but can't you just pick it out?" or "it's just a little chicken broth" statements made by ignorant yet well-intentioned adults.<br>
As a vegan 13 year old it was other kids my age who made fun of my food or who messed up my food.<br>
As a vegetarian young adult it was learning all the weird names people call dead animal flesh and figuring out how to keep it out of my food when ordering at restaurants.<br>
As a vegetarian late 20-something it was finding a vegetarian partner because I decided I was ready to settle down but wanted to do it only with a veg partner.<br>
As a vegan 30-something it's been dealing with ignorant prejudiced people regarding our son and our desire to raise him vegan.<br><br>
When people ask me if it's hard to be vegan I say that there's a learning curve. It's pretty easy for some people but the learning curve is very steep for other people, just depending on where you start and what kind of support system you have. I like to say that going vegan and "being vegan gets easier everyday." It's true. Everyday there are new restaurants, new vegan foods in grocery stores, more vegan cookbooks, more vegans in general, and overall more acceptance of veganism. The world hasn't changed dramatically, but it IS changing little by little.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mojo</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3097541"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
For vegan, I would say it is finding healthy convenient meals while traveling. It takes a lot of planning.</div>
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QFT. Sometimes even the vegetarian option are cheese filled &the unhealthy.
 

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Putting up with others especially at work. Most don't know I'm vegan. I told one woman and then get stuff like this: As she's dumping tuna into a bowl from the can states, "I know you don't eat tuna but I make this blah blah blah" Yes. Of coarse I'm extremely interested in how you prepare your tuna. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
She's a nice lady and didn't mean any harm. But I get this stuff and it's actually as irritating as the ones who are out right rude when they know I'm vegan. So I keep mostly quiet about it.
 

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Putting up with others especially at work. Most don't know I'm vegan. I told one woman and then get stuff like this: As she's dumping tuna into a bowl from the can states, "I know you don't eat tuna but I make this blah blah blah" Yes. Of coarse I'm extremely interested in how you prepare your tuna. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
She's a nice lady and didn't mean any harm. But I get this stuff and <b>it's actually as irritating as the ones who are out right rude</b> when they know I'm vegan. So I keep mostly quiet about it.</div>
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I think that the majority of peole react in this manner. I still haven't told anyone about my new lifestyle as I don't want to be bugged and feel that I'm on a witness stand.<br><br>
I'm certain that the remarks are going to be somewhere down the line; 'oh this steak, chicken etc is so delicious, you don't know what you're missing'.<br><br>
Answer: 'Well so no need to be worried as I won't pinch any and you'll get all those extra calories and saturated fat just for your-self'.
 

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As a teen vegetarian, I probably have the biggest issue with going to other people's houses, which includes friends and family members. For my family members that I don't see very often, a lot of the time they don't know my dietary habits, so if I visit their house, things can get complicated when they go through the trouble of making really extensive meals and I feel bad if I have to refuse. It's mostly the same thing with friends; when I meet new friends and go over their house, there's always the awkward telling their parents that I'm a vegetarian, which is only worse if their parents have already made food... I just feel bad refusing food basically.
 

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Same here. Traveling. Traveling in India is pretty easy, because a lot of foods are lacto-vegetarian and some are vegan. But in other countries it can be pretty tricky.<br><br>
If anyone ever has the chance to go to Taiwan, though, they have a lot of vegan buffet restaurants! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>dormouse</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3104328"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><b>Traveling</b> in foreign countries where vegetarianism isn't well understood</div>
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Travelling is one thing and living in such a country is a different story. Overhere in France,Vegetarians are looked upon as weird people.<br><br>
I overheard a conversation at work the other day. One of my collegues was wondering what to make for a vegetarian friend, who ate fish (?????!!!) for dinner.<br><br>
She said that she thought that 'they were weird people and a PITN to invite.'
 

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The most challenging thing about being a vegan?<br>
For me, it is living in a society where people don't care to know (willful ignorance) where their food comes from... or who know but just don't care.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>paisleyjane</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3105070"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
The most challenging thing about being a vegan?<br>
For me, it is <b>living in a society where people don't care to know</b> (willful ignorance) where their food comes from... or who know but just don't care.</div>
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Yes, I also agree. I feel like screaming out to all these people who are at the meat counter at the local store.
 

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pretty much not being able to just go grab something to eat i i forget to bring lunch or or a night out.<br><br>
and finding meat products in the most ridiculous food places
 

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Putting up with others especially at work. Most don't know I'm vegan. I told one woman and then get stuff like this: As she's dumping tuna into a bowl from the can states, "I know you don't eat tuna but I make this blah blah blah" Yes. Of coarse I'm extremely interested in how you prepare your tuna. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
She's a nice lady and didn't mean any harm. But I get this stuff and it's actually as irritating as the ones who are out right rude when they know I'm vegan. So I keep mostly quiet about it.</div>
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That used to be an annoyance to me, but I love cooking, and talking about food, so I started dismissing the meat, and getting into the conversation. I found it allowed me to to talk about how I change things up, and what I use instead. Like often I'd put mashed chickpeas, or tofu with Old Bay seasoning for tuna.<br>
Most people get pretty interested because they just don't think of what veg*ns eat.<br><br>
BTW, firefighters are getting all fired up being vegan! Do you tell you friends about the Engine 2 Diet? Rip Esselstyn?
 
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