One of the reasons why I delayed going vegan for so long was because I didn’t want to be a burden to my family and friends when I wasn’t cooking for myself. I thought it would be too much to expect others to make something for me when so many dishes my family loved contained eggs, dairy, and/or meat. My family never went a meal without animal products. I thought that, being only one of eight children, I didn’t deserve to make such special requests. This could not have been further from the truth.
You deserve to eat whatever makes you happy. If that means eating a well-balanced salad with mixed greens, fruits, and healthy fats to keep yourself healthy, then go for it. If that means eating mac and cheese and a pint of ice cream when you’re feeling down, go for it! It’s okay to eat what you want because we need to keep our minds healthy, even if that means eating “junk food” every once in a while. 🙂
People will admire you for the way you eat. Despite my dad’s love for chicken and turkey, he still praises me for my healthy choices. One of my older brothers frequently compliments me for my self-control; he insists that he could never go vegan because he couldn’t handle having so few options (though every vegan knows this isn’t true).
Restaurants will be more than willing to prepare something special for you. Within the past few days on my vacation, so many waiters and waitresses have gone back to ask the chef whether something is cooked with butter or whether something contains dairy. Many of the chefs have even offered to prepare a unique dish for me. Don’t be afraid to ask for a dish that’s not on the menu! Special people deserve special treatment. 😉
Be prepared for lots (and I mean LOTS) of questions. Most people don’t know much about veganism. I was even shocked a few years ago when my vegan cousins told me that honey isn’t vegan! It seems so obvious to some, but I never would have even thought about the fact that honey comes from bees. My ten-year-old brother asked at least ten questions at every meal we ate together for the first few months after I went vegan. “Are carrots vegan?” he even asked. These questions most often show interest in going vegan, so you should always be willing to answer whatever you can.
You may feel singled out. Since not many people are vegan, you will probably be the only one in many social situations, which might make you feel like an outsider. Eventually this problem will go away because veganism is on the rise. I promise that you will help convince at least one person to go vegan. And the best part is, it doesn’t even require any effort! You just have to set a good example.
Be confident that you’re making such good choices for your body! You will inspire others to do the same. I promise there are countless people around the world who want to eat like you.
What are you craving right now? I could go for an açaí bowl.
(Update: I got the açaí bowl. 🙂 )