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It went *fantastic* I brought in four dozen cookies to give out all of them vegan, peanut chocolate chunk, coconut chocolate chunk, and oatmeal raisin, as a companion to the speech. I covered the health and environmental aspects, staying away from any "V" words, or mentions of animals. The reception of it was FANTASTIC. I had with me some VO leaflets on how to add more compassionate things into your diet, they cleaned me out of leaflets and were very enthused. I don't think I've been more pleased, until I saw my grade on it.

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Great delivery, pace, and eye contact. I won't lie, the cookies also helped your grade
 

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That's awesome! I love the line about the cookies helping your grade.
 

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That is wonderful! What class was this for if you dont mind my asking?
 

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Well done! And that's interesting that you avoided the v-words. Apparently the term "plant-based diet" is very successful these days, and I can see how it's a better word in many contexts for strategic and psychological reasons.
 

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Well done! And that's interesting that you avoided the v-words. Apparently the term "plant-based diet" is very successful these days, and I can see how it's a better word in many contexts for strategic and psychological reasons.
Yeah apparently there's a psychological recoil against words like "vegan" in many parts of the general population who would otherwise be perfectly willing to listen to reasons for a plant based diet. Nick Cooney's book covers this a time or two. I think the OP was wise in choosing to circumvent these potential problems. It's not the title we're promoting anyway.
 

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That is wonderful! What class was this for if you dont mind my asking?
It was for Communications 499 - Political Speech

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Well done! And that's interesting that you avoided the v-words. Apparently the term "plant-based diet" is very successful these days, and I can see how it's a better word in many contexts for strategic and psychological reasons.
It seems like any use of a 'v' word brings about feelings like we're attacking their lifestyle, at least thats how it seems. I guess I sort-of get it, but not really. Saying Plant based foods is just the same as saying vegan, but since it's for a political speech class, I spose it's okay to walk that line :p
 

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Yeah, I noticed that in "Forks Over Knives" they didn't say "vegan" or "vegetarian"...it was "whole-foods plant-based diet". I think that is the way to go when trying to educate people about the nutritional benefits of our lifestyle
 

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Yeah, I noticed that in "Forks Over Knives" they didn't say "vegan" or "vegetarian"...it was "whole-foods plant-based diet". I think that is the way to go when trying to educate people about the nutritional benefits of our lifestyle
Agreed, as people seem to get way less defensive that way.

The interesting reaction I get is when people ask how I've lost so much weight recently (I've dropped 15 lbs. by accident since going vegan last March, not to mention than my skin hasn't been this clear since I was 10), and I say "I've gone vegan". It rarely gets a negative reaction like that which I often get when I simply tell people I'm vegan. I did it for the animals, not how I look in a bikini, but then again most people care more about themselves than they do about the animals.
 

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Also, as discussed in another thread earlier this year, Dandelion (the owner) of veganrepresent.com recently decided to rename it to plantbasedpeople.com!

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As I have already teased here, we will soon be known as Plant-Based People. At first the name was an inside joke but the more I slept on it the more it actually made sense. Here are some of the reasons:

The name Plant-Based People is...

...descriptive yet simple.
...inclusive yet focused.
...factual. From a dietary standpoint everybody is a PBP or should be.
...forward thinking. Animal advocacy groups that rely on financial donations for survival (read: did their homework, appeal to the masses) like Mercy For Animals or Vegan Outreach often use "plant-based".
...community focused. By adding "people" in the title it puts the emphasis on what a community is made of. Everybody is a people.
Announcing: Plant-Based People
 

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Well done on your presentation.

I think most people see 'plant based diet' as not as extreme as veganism: I would imagine that most people think that a plant based diet is one that includes a little bit of meat and dairy, rather than the total exclusion of.
 

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That is wonderful! What class was this for if you dont mind my asking?
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Well done on your presentation.

I think most people see 'plant based diet' as not as extreme as veganism: I would imagine that most people think that a plant based diet is one that includes a little bit of meat and dairy, rather than the total exclusion of.
I don't know why they way, since i made it very clear a plant based diet tends to be 100% plant based, unless a person is transitioning. I also made very good to mention any reduction can be good for their body, and the environment.
 

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I don't know why they way, since i made it very clear a plant based diet tends to be 100% plant based, unless a person is transitioning. I also made very good to mention any reduction can be good for their body, and the environment.
I didn't particularly mean your presentation, but I was chatting with this to friends the other day, and they were under the impression that a plant based diet was NOT the same as a vegetarian or vegan one; that it is the diet that a health- or environmentally-conscious person may eat, comprising of mainly plants, but also small amounts of meat/fish/dairy/eggs.

I'm glad you made it clear in your presentation
 
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