Those who are already vegans know that it takes a while to adjust once any member of the family decides to go vegan. That is not how most of us grew up and suddenly changing the way we live can cause strain. It is hard to stop consuming and using the things that you are so used to even for the person who declares himself or herself as vegan. It is harder for the family members who do not even share the belief system.
There has been enough advice for the vegans, so here is some for those who love them. You are not helpless if your family member decides to go vegan. You can still live in harmony with them and enjoy your relationships just as they were. But yes, a few gestures of care can definitely make your relationship grow stronger during this phase.
Your Vegan family members must be willing to prepare their own meals, but that it not where it ends. They would feel left out and you can still be supportive towards them without turning a vegan yourself. You can learn to be sensitive towards their new needs and keep the relationships healthy.
It sounds simple but is extremely important that you DON'T MAKE FUN OF THEM. You may not intend to hurt them, but because you are not yet sold out to the idea of Veganism, it does happen automatically.
Offer to help in cooking. Irrespective of the fact that it was the other who decided to go vegan, the fact remains that it is hard to prepare two types of meals every day. Sometimes vegetarians or vegans become uncomfortable touching meat, so it would be great help for them if non-vegan family members help them out a little.
If they are strict vegans, offer your support by buying them vegan gifts rather than the regular ones. It may sound too sensitive but it hurts to receive a non-vegan gift from a family member. To a woman, it would feel like you don't understand her at all, don't appreciate or don't care!
Listening is a great skill and it applies to this situation also. When one begins his or her journey towards veganism, there are many new findings they come across every day. If you have the patience to listen, it would get you points.
Vegans are already animal loving sensitive creatures. Having them in your family is a matter of pride, because it does take effort and commitment to be one.
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