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Typical reaction to your veg*nism

  • Happy! They want to me do what's best for me.

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  • Confused and anxious about my health. Once they realize I'm healthy and happy, it is a non-issue.

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  • Indifferent. Who cares as long as your not overbearing about it.

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  • Negative, but not hateful. Eventually, they resigned to dealing with it, but still tease me at parti

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  • Almost everyone hates my veg*anism and I've lost relationships because of it.

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What has been the general reaction of those around you when others realize you are veg*n?<br><br><br><br>
This is an overall reaction.<br><br><br><br>
Also, would you please post your answer below, as I am curious who gets what type of response. Thanks<br><br><br><br>
EDIT: Yes, there are some typos in the poll. Move past it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My friends are very cool with it and go out of their way to make sure to accomodate me and make sure there is something for me to eat. My co-workers are also very cool with it - they are always asking me questions about what I eat and stuff. When we have food days, they make sure that I can eat what they bring. My family was concerned at first - health issues, not getting enough to eat, etc. etc. Now they are pretty accepting of my vegetarianism, however my dad still kind of thinks it is a phase or diet that I will get tired of in after a bit. Mom will accomodate me foodwise and even buys soy milk and veggie burgers for me.
 

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Most people are happy that I am vegan. They are also impressed with my will power and think that it is a good thing that I am vegan.
 

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most people are appologetic when they first find out, like i've got some disease. or they get aggressive and try to start debating me about it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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Negative but not hateful. Often people assume that I think I'm better than they are because of it. Hmmm...guilty conscience, I think. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Apologetic? LOL That is a good one.<br><br><br><br>
Strix, it maybe less to do with their guilty conscience and more to do with others they've met in their lives who do think they are better then omnis. Since the only veg*ns they've meet have been high and mighty, they brace themselves for you to be the same way.
 

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Most people are indifferent. They meet me and I'm just the veggie. When I first went veggie my parents and brothers would tease me and they thought it was a phase, but I have none of those problems anymore.
 

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My mom had a freaking COW (no pun intended) when I started. She and the other members of my family give me all this crap about how I need to be sooo careful so that I'll get enough protein and blah blah. I'm not vegan (yet) because I seriously am not allowed to be one. Last summer, I was told that if I tried to "be one of those people" I wouldn't be allowed to go to Mexico. Ahh, it's really frustrating sometimes. My friends are better about it, though. Most of them give me the *look* and then tease me about it every now and then.
 

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I get the usual "you can't be healthy" shpeel, or even yesterday, my boss said not eating meat is "UnAmerican", still trying to figure that one out. Most people try to start an arguement, in particular meat and potatoes men, but I refuse to fall pray to their senseless bickering. It's not just the not eating meat that irks people, it's not eating any animal by products. My other boss said that I can't be getting the proper amount of calcium. Not for nothing, but she's close to 100 pounds overweight, so anything she says about health falls on deaf ears.
 

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a few of my female friends think it's cool and they will eat veggie with me, but for the most part, people think I'm malnourished and that I'm vegetarian just to be 'cool'. They ALWAYS, like 99% of the time, say veg*ns don't get enuf protein.<br><br><br><br>
My parents eat mostly vegetarian for health reasons, so they never give me slack about my health, but they think it's a phase and that some day I will eat meat again. They think I'm some tree-hugging hippie because I moved off to the city to go to university.
 

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The majority of people who know I'm veggie don't care either way.<br><br><br><br>
Many have been ultra supportive - making veggie options for me at gatherings - or being my food tester when I try a new recipe.<br><br><br><br>
I have had VERY VERY FEW people react negatively - or try to start a debate. Then again - I don't go around picking fights either.
 

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dvmarie, I'm finding that age is playing a huge role in reactions. Reading other threads, there are some young vegan zealots out there that, frankly, scare the devil out of me and they often complain that no one will accept their veganism. Ack! No wonder!<br><br><br><br>
Granted, there are some people that react negatively to anything different and those people you just ignore anyways!
 

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I picked indifferent, but it's more that they're not surprised (once they think about it) and are cool with it... but not negative, neither are they "happy". It's more "do what you have to do"... in a supportive way.
 

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To my family and friends my being vegan is nothing but a hassle. They all really enjoy eating out.. mind you.. we live in northern minnesota where nobody knows anything about veganism. There is ONE resturant in my community that has 'vegetarian' dish-- but really it's not vegetarian because they use the water that they boil meats in to make the dish (I work at this resturant, I know best- and I warn those to order it).<br><br>
They all whine about how I never go out with them anymore. I'd rather stay at home to eat-- I can make REAL foods.. and I don't always have to be stuck with salad and lemon.<br><br>
I still live at home (I'm a senior in High School), and it's gotten to the point where I have to purchase my OWN food because my parents think it's too much work to buy soy milk, extra produce, etc.<br><br>
It's sad, really <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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Since I had previously "gone veggie" several times, each for a limited period of time (during high school and college, for the year that my children tried vegetarianism, after I quit smoking), the biggest reaction of my family was "What -- again? How long are you going to keep it up "this" time?" Needless to say, this was very distressing to hear, but I tried not to take it to heart.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, I definately found that I felt differently this time around -- more dedicated and for a variety of reasons: finally made contact with other like-minded people (thank goodness for VB), made conscious decisions to explore a variety of veg. foods, went further into trying to live a more cruelty-free lifestyle by giving up leather, products with animal ingredients, etc. My committment deepens day by day and I my family and friends are asking less often, "When are you going to start eating meat again?"<br><br><br><br>
Another part of "reaction", with my immediate family, has to do with the fact that my husband and children (only 1 still living at home full time) are all omni and I am the chief purchaser of food and chef here. Needless to say, they expressed some concern that I would continue to provide the same sort of meat-centered meals most of the time. My family is O.K. with veg. entrees once or twice a week. Now I know that some of you might say I should have just told my husband and teenage son to cook for themselves, but I honestly didn't feel this would work in our family and didn't think I should try to impose my choices on them -- though I think I've made them more aware of the cruelties in factory farming and the ecological reasoning behind a plant-based diet.<br><br><br><br>
As for the reaction from friends and people I come into contact with, it varies. Some are mildly curious (What exactly do you eat?), while others really get into wanting me to justify the reasoning behind the way that I eat and tend to be negative about it. Actually, it seems that people sometimes almost feel sort of threatened by veg*nism.<br><br><br><br>
Shalom,<br><br>
Gail
 

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Well, it IS a general reaction poll....<br><br><br><br>
Some people whine non-stop that everyone is negative about their veg*anism and that they've lost friends, others are surrounded by people who couldn't care less...just wanted to see where everyone put themselves.
 

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my parents and immediate family have always been supportive. My gradnmothers pushed me on it a bit but have dealt with it. MY friends are cool with it. One, who Sd and i visited last summer made a vegan dish I made for her and her SO for her SO's family when they came to visit. Some are really respectful some are resigned to it but still kinda negative.
 

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I voted for the negative choice.<br><br><br><br>
Iv'e been a vegetarian for 2 years, and a vegan for a few months, and I still get teased. Not as much as I used to though. I'm influencing some of my family member's eating habits though!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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