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I was thinking about this the other day.<br><br>
I do my best to stay fit and healthy, and always have, for, well, fit and healthy-type reasons. I was thinking though, I should try to be fit and healthy because, as an ambassador of veganism, I should try to paint it in a positive light as possible.<br><br>
Also, I tend to be quiet about my veg*anism, and probably only my family and close friends know, but I was thinking i should do more.<br><br>
Like, wear a "I'm vegan and proud of it" button, or "Aske me why I'm vegan" T-shirt. Nothing too in your face, but I'd like to get the message out there.<br><br>
The weird thing is, I am so antisocial it isnt funny, and I don't handle people interactions well.<br><br>
Example : I pay my younger sister to phone relatives for me, when I need to invite them over for a birthday. I avoid going to the shop by myself, in case I have to talk to anyone. Millions more.<br><br>
BUT, I can see myself as a vegan crusader. Getting out there, meeting the people, spreading the word (all in a very nice, patient, charmingly attractive way). I don't know if it will ever happen but I'm working on it.<br><br><br><br>
Any other tales of vegan crusaders out there?
 

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perhaps if you worked on your social skills first, the rest will follow (ie, your mechanism for spreading the news about veganism/vegetarianism.)<br><br><br><br>
I find that for myself--being a person who has a lot of public interaction and is a "people person"--i have plenty of opportunity to talk about it, and usually people bring it up to me: how do you stay so trim and healthy? what is your diet? are you a vegetarian (because i'm a yoga teacher, they often ask it)? and so on.<br><br><br><br>
So, i get lots of opportunity--without the need for t-shirts, buttons, or flyers.<br><br><br><br>
But, sometimes, opportunities come up where cooking for someone and bringing recipes and information is a good one too. came up for this weekend, because i befriended a now-dead pig, and actually befriended the person who slaughtered her and is serving her for lunch tomorrow. i'm going for the pig roast--with food and info. I'll be there about an hour.
 

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I am also not so good with talking. I am a little shy, but now I am trying to adjust myself to do things I shouldn't done before, like going meeting people from a forum (who you never met before) or go to demonstrations and that sort of things <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Just try to do things you never did.
 

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Good posts, everybody.<br><br><br><br>
(I had to add that because what I actually want to say has nothing to do with this thread, and I didn't want to start another one. Besides, it's my thread, I can do what i like <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> )<br><br><br><br>
My sister (13) has decided to try vegetarianism. (Blame it on me - I went and showed her all the gory slaughterhouse pictures).<br><br>
I don't know if she'll last though - she hates every vegetables except potato and cauliflower. I'm working on that.<br><br><br><br>
My mother is taking the "Let's not encourage her because it won't last because she doesn't eat vegies" approach, rather than the "Well, if she's going vegetarian and making an effort to eat vegies, then we'll support her" approach, which is a pity. I told her (Mom) off for saying unencouraging things, even though my sister wasn't around, so I think she'll be good...<br><br><br><br><br><br>
And another off topic blab which probably belongs somewhere else but I'm too lazy to go find where...<br><br>
Family get together at my uncles house. Grandparents, uncle, aunt, cousins, my family.<br><br>
I didn't go because they bug me.<br><br>
Apparently they spent a good deal of the time bashing me!!<br><br>
"Oh she's so pale and pasty" (I am NOT)<br><br>
"Oh she needs her vitamins"<br><br>
"You're not a vegetarian TOO are you?" to my sister<br><br>
"Don't let this veggie crap rub off on you - its pathetic" to my sister - very encouraging for her, I know, apparently she was reprimanded by my Grandfather for not eating her meat several times.<br><br><br><br>
I am SO glad I did not go on holiday with these people. My parents and siblings went with these guys, plus some others, for a week long holiday. Gag me. I stayed home, because, like I said, they really bug me.<br><br>
Apparently, they had meat meat MEAT every day, and they had vegetables ONCE in the week they were there, and even then they were coated in butter, and oil, and meat drippings. Urg.<br><br>
These people criticise my diet, eat like that, and they all have diabetes, history of heart disease, unfit like nothing you've seen, smoke, drink, and let me repeat myself, CRITICISE ME!??<br><br>
The world's loco, it really is.
 

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I don't preach. Well, ido, but only in certain ways. For instance, I'll tell my friend show great falafel is and get them to try some of the cool stuff that I love, but i don't shout at them and try to makew them go veg*n. For me, the best way to preach the message of vegetarianism is to show that it can be done, and that not all veg*ns are members of PETA who will shout "Meat is murder" at anyone eating a hamburger.
 

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<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Gnarly</i><br><br>
My sister (13) has decided to try vegetarianism. (Blame it on me - I went and showed her all the gory slaughterhouse pictures).<br><br>
I don't know if she'll last though - she hates every vegetables except potato and cauliflower. I'm working on that.</div>
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I am a vegan and I don't like vegetables, so there is hope <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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And another off topic blab which probably belongs somewhere else but I'm too lazy to go find where...<br><br>
Family get together at my uncles house. Grandparents, uncle, aunt, cousins, my family.<br><br>
I didn't go because they bug me.<br><br>
Apparently they spent a good deal of the time bashing me!!<br></div>
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recognizable! My family is always doing so stupid. My aunt: "Oh you are a vegetarian!? I like meat, so I can't be a vegetarian". Stupid things.
 

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I've had an impact on people close to me, and I'm helping a relatively new friend go veg*n. I endeavor to live as morally good as I can in all aspects of my life (can't say I always succeed). If people are curious about what I do, I'm more than happy to tell them about it.
 

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I think that when family/friends insult your veg*nism that that is your chance to convert them, or at least make them understand. When they say, "Don't let this veggie crap rub off on you - its pathetic" You just say, "Don't insult my beliefs unless you understand them." And whip out your handy dandy "Why Vegan?" and make them read it.<br><br>
Ha, Veganism in your face!<br><br>
-Eric
 

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Many of the vegans on veggieboards have turned me off from the idea. I used to be pro-vegan, but have been seriously turned off from the idea since coming to veggieboards.<br><br><br><br>
I hope that they behave differently in the real world then on here.
 

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I'm not one to push my beliefs on others. I tell people I'm veg*n/vegan, and if they ask that's cool, and if not, that's cool too. I don't like missionary-ism (I don't know the actual word *blush*), and I don't want to. But if you want to do that, that's your choice too. But this is mine.<br><br><br><br>
Vegantastic/Gnarly - My brother's got almost every veggie-hater beaten - the ONLY veg he eats is the potato (A starch - and only mashed w/ tons of butter, french fries, or chips), and he eats absolutely no fruit, unless you count spaghetti sauce.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by kristadb</i><br><br><b>Many of the vegans on veggieboards have turned me off from the idea. I used to be pro-vegan, but have been seriously turned off from the idea since coming to veggieboards.<br><br><br><br>
I hope that they behave differently in the real world then on here.</b></div>
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I don't understand. Which idea? Being vegan, or being a vegan ambassador?<br><br><br><br>
If vegan, why would you let someone else's behavior determine your worldview and subsequent choices?<br><br><br><br>
And, in my experience, people are generally different in the way they behave in the real world than online, to varying degrees.
 

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I want to make a shirt that says "Eat Less Meat".<br><br><br><br>
Most omnivors are willing to bend their diets, but not break them in half. It's hard to get a bacon lover to quit the bacon, but cutting down is something they might do.
 
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