When Conflicts Arise and How to Overcome Them After You Become Vegan
Congratulations to you who just chose to be vegan, whether it is for your health, to save animals or both. I'm sure that you are feeling good personally, for yourself and for the animal planet. As long as the diet is balanced with 30% proteins, 30% carbohydrates and 30% unsaturated fats; you are eating very healthy as a vegan.
Now when you are single, living single as the head of your household, you are in control for yourself here. Glorious! And way to go, that you became vegan. You may or may not get family support which is crucial here. However you are in the position to control your own destiny here and you have the opportunity to choose to surround yourself with those who think like you, here. Here you build your support team consisting of other vegans as well as you pay forwards to them. This is a great way to grow as a vegan while including the community.
On the other hand what happens now that you are vegan and your husband or wife says "no", don't bring this diet into our house. They say that they are not giving up their pork, beef or veal. On one hand, you don't want to be without your family support. Then on the other hand, you are not going to change them.
When the other head of the household is not going to eat vegan, don't give up. You have come this far. Bear in mind that success is only one millimeter away. When you first asked them and got a flat out "no" on refusing to eat vegan, ask again a week later. When they don't want to be sold on vegan foods, tell them why you want to eat this way. Take some measures to divide the kitchen so that they can eat their way too. Then hard part comes...Cook both ways. It can be done. Maybe after they see your good results, they might decide to join you, instead.
This is the hardest one to cross. If you are under 18 and just became vegan, you need to have the parent(s) who are heads of your household, agree to buy you the foods and allow you to have them in their house. Most liberal parents might even be open to try this themselves. However in the case when the door is partially or fully closed to this, living this life style becomes more of a challenge to you. Some tips to dealing with this, is if you are old enough to work, get a job. Make your own money. Buy your own foods. Then offer to cook for your parent(s) making both their food and yours. Use separate pots and dishes. You might even get to practice behavior modification, doing this. If you are not old enough to work, offering to cook both ways for the entire family, might still work. Also offer to do more chores to get your vegan foods. Ask your parent(s) for their support from time to time. Join an online vegan program for support too. Stop by www.theflamingvegan.com. The bottom line is don't quit.
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