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veg newbie looking for veg*n pals/discussion

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Hi, my name is meg. I recently became vegan but I don't know anyone who is vegan or even vegetarian. I know a lot of people from cooking in restaurants and from culinary school that would judge me and make fun of me for my decision.. I'm here to make friends and discuss veg*nism or just any chit chat.

Feel free to introduce yourself or start a discussion. I want to ask, how did some of you guys deal with other people judging you when you first became veg*n? Do people still give you s#it about it after x amount of time?
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Welcome aboard, Meg.

There are several vegan get-together groups near you:

Bay Area Vegan Food Lovers:

Vegans For Action:

Oakland vegan cooking classes & events:

California Vegans of the Global Majority:
thanks for the resources! I'll definitely check it out.
I've been vegan for about three months now (just over I think!) but I was vegetarian for 12 years prior to that...
I also have no vegan friends but thankfully my mum is veggie... Unfortunately she is very much against being vegan herself... *sigh*
I'm in the same position as you with wanting some vegan friends! Just some people who share the same core values as me would be nice so I have someone I can talk about veganism with from time to time as it's something I'm really passionate about!
With me only being 17 I do get quite a lot of comments from friends but I just try to brush it off and tell myself they're just uneducated and immature! Thankfully my family are mainly very supportive but sometimes with things that they view as "silly" such as not eating honey or beeswax in foods, they can be rather lacking in understanding. I just tell them that these are my choices and it has nothing to do with them. What I do doesn't affect them in any way and it shouldn't be an issue for them so to stop wasting their energy on getting worked up about it.
Good luck in your vegan journey - I'm really enjoying mine so far! :)
good for you for being vegan so young :) I used to be vegetarian when I was 11-13, but stopped because my family's culture is against it. Now that I'm 20, live on my own, and cook for myself, I can eat what I want. It's good that you don't even care about what other people think and just be yourself.
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:bobo:thanks for all the welcomes, guys
Hi, Meg. I'm also new. Been vegan for two months now. I'm a retread, though. I was vegan for twelve years then ate animal foods for seven years. :(
To answer your question about dealing with judgment, I actually find it to be worse this time then it was in the nineties. People were mostly stunned and confused back in the day. Rarely did I encounter blatant hostility like I do now, constantly. This hostility mainly surfaces on the internet, which we didn't have back then.
People can be so horrible! Especially this whole low carb grass-fed movement that looks for every opportunity to hate on vegans. I find this to be extremely depressing. If I have to hear that all legumes and grains are poison one more time, I think I'll lose my mind!
That being said, we kind of asked for it. Vegans have traditionally bee preachy and self-righteous. Maybe it's good to be humbled.
Anyway, I've been getting into cooking more. I hope to see some of your recipes on here, having gone to culinary school and all (you, not me.) :D
That's sort of like me, I was vegetarian before, then ate meat for years, and now here I am again. It feels good though, doesn't it? makes me regret the times I spent eating animal products.. But yeah the image / most people's opinion of vegans nowadays is so bad and not just like they don't agree with it, they're so angry about vegans.. I use tumblr. people on there are really extreme both ways and angry.
Well HI!!! Let me congratulate you on become vegan. That's such a wonderful thing to do! :)

I am vegetarian, becoming vegan. I am in transition. I find it more manageable to transition over a period of a few months than to do it over night. I will make a year as of June 1st that I am vegetarian and I couldn't be happier.

As for the judgment and hatred from others well... I haven't really had any. Maybe that's because I have a small circle of people in my life but no one has given me a hard time. However I think the reason for that is my personality. Whenever there is an argument or friendly debate I stick to my guns and often call people out with no shame. I don't have much of a filter when talking to friends and family... So I assume no one has challenged my view points on animals because they know I won't budge and they will end up with hurt feelings. I know it's rude of me sometimes but that's how it is in my family and it's the norm lol.

The only person who has truly questioned me in depth is my husband. He is afraid to push my buttons. But he respects my choices, though he doesn't fully understand. I am trying to convince him to become vegetarian. He is starting to see how animals are treated and is connecting the dots but has yet to have that AHA moment. I told him he should watch earthlings so we will see how that goes...

Hope your journey is a great one and that I, and others, may become your new vegan and vegetarian friends. All the best to you!
Thank you :) It's good that you are so honest and upfront with ppl about it. Most of my family is from the Philippines so they think I'm cuckoo crazy even for not eating meat, and my dad is a hunter from virginia -_- lol. I just need to work on being more confident and sure of myself so other ppl's comments don't get me down.

That's funny because my boyfriend is also meat-eating. I also think he doesn't fully understand because he seems to agree with my on ideologies about animal rights, and yet he eats meat. I wish he would be vegetarian but I don't want to force what I believe on him. I doubt if he (my bf) would watch earthlings because it would make him upset but that's more reason to be veg I suppose. It's good your husband is open minded to it at least.
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