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Hi everyone, I'm new to this. I became vegetarian in April of this year after watching a graphic documentary on factory farms, among other things. I'm 32 and wish I would have done this sooner! I don't get much support from my family, so I was happy to find this site! I know it may seem childish for a 32 year old to say they don't get support from family, but I do eat with them for Holidays, birthday's and in between. And I love them and would love to talk to them about all the things I'm learning about health, environment and animal welfare that is related to being veg, but they don't want to hear it. So it can be lonely. My parents are willfully misinformed on lots of nutrition facts, so it's like talking to a brick wall trying to explain why I'm not going to die from lack of protein or from not drinking milk.
 

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Welcome! Most of us understand what it's like to have your family and friends be less than supportive in this matter. But we are here to support you and keep you from going mad!
 

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Welcome Vsnod.<br><br>
It's not childish, it doesn't matter one's age, most people want some family acceptance. Also like you I wish I'd been informed sooner about both the health benefits and the diversity and deliciousness a plant based diet supports. I did the switch 3 months ago (I'm 45). I've been aware of the factory farms and such for years and have eschewed any store bought meat for just as long if not longer.
 

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Thanks, everyone! I'm glad I found this supportive group. :)
 

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Welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:">
 

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Hi there!<br>
Welcome to Veggieboards <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Vsnod</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3029533"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hi everyone, I'm new to this. I became vegetarian in April of this year after watching a graphic documentary on factory farms, among other things. I'm 32 and wish I would have done this sooner!</div>
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You're not alone! Many people go veg in their thirties or later. We're all on our own schedule and we all have our own barriers to overcome. Just be glad you're making a difference now!<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Vsnod</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3029533"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I don't get much support from my family, so I was happy to find this site! I know it may seem childish for a 32 year old to say they don't get support from family, but I do eat with them for Holidays, birthday's and in between. And I love them and would love to talk to them about all the things I'm learning about health, environment and animal welfare that is related to being veg, but they don't want to hear it. So it can be lonely.</div>
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I know how you feel. I'm going through some things right now that no one in my family has ever done. Everyone tries to be nice about it but some people unintentionally say some very hurtful things. There's really no one in my family who can be fully supportive because they just don't "get it."<br><br>
So... I have to find support elsewhere. I found online forums like these are helpful. And meetup groups are good. Support groups and magazines can be useful. For you and veganism, try VegNews magazine.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Vsnod</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3029533"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
My parents are willfully misinformed on lots of nutrition facts, so it's like talking to a brick wall trying to explain why I'm not going to die from lack of protein or from not drinking milk.</div>
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The will come around in time. If you just keep eating a balanced vegan diet and you stay healthy then after a while they will be forced to re-evaluate their ideas. I went vegetarian when I was 6. My dad wasn't supportive but he also knew he didn't have any control in my life (my parents were split up). Well, now I'm 35 and my dad STILL talks about how he thought we were going to die when we went vegetarian but then when he saw that we did well on the swim team we proved we were healthy. He is not vegetarian or vegan and I never really talk about it with him but he is so proud of us for being healthy that he brags to his friends about it. It's kind of strange, actually. Anyway, my point is that time will change their perspective. They wil just have to accept that veganism is perfectly healthy because you will prove it to them.<br><br>
Another thing that helped with some extended family and in-laws was buying subscriptions to magazines or newsletters for them. So for example, I gave my aunt a year's subscription to the newsletter from Farm Sanctuary. For other people I got them subscriptions of VegNews. Stuff like that can really help open people's eyes because they can take it in on their own time on their own terms without feeling judged by you right then and there.
 

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Thanks, ElaineV! Your words are encouraging!
 
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