21 February 2012

TDIV Q&A: How can I bring up my veganism to new acquaintances?

You shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed of your veganism, especially if you have good reasons for doing so.

Whether it sprouted from health reasons or animal rights, you have something to be proud of. When I first meet someone, my veganism usually comes up fairly quick in the conversation. The most common question people ask is, “Where do you get your protein?”

First, I tell them that we don’t need as much protein as we think, and then I list off the variety of protein sources in my diet, including soybeans, black beans, tempeh, lentils and more.

Every once in a while you might come across someone who doesn’t understand your diet and doesn’t care to learn, but most people will enjoy learning. Inform them!

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Idaho Christina grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but is currently attending school in Idaho, where she is finishing up her last semester as an undergrad. She currently has one cute and furry guinea pig named Timothy Hay, one sweet and cuddly cat named Jack, and one really nice husband named Zach. Christina became vegetarian at age 13 after reading about her favorite band’s foray into vegetarianism. She went vegan when she was 16 because it was the only logical action she felt she could take after reading more about animal abuse. She may not have a loud mouth or a persuasive voice, but she believe she can make a difference (and share some dang good recipes) through writing.

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