Your Thoughts Thursday: Vegan Advice
It seems counter-intuitive, what with all the “traditional” carcass this time of year, but the holidays definitely seem to be a popular time to go vegan. Perhaps it’s the compassion and love in the holiday air, or as Isa put it, “Maybe because that dead bird in the middle of the table starts to seem like…a dead bird in the middle of the table.” Whatever it may be, those new vegans and vegan-curious, especially those living in non-vegan-friendly families and towns, often turn to the internet for advice. That’s where our little vegan community comes in. I know it’s easy to put new vegans and the vegan-curious in our own shoes, forgetting how much we’ve learned from experience, but the transition can be confusing. The, “Where will I get my protein and iron?” and, “Why can’t I eat honey, free-range eggs, or wear silk?” may seem monotonous or trivial to you now, but a little compassion on your part can inspire a lot more compassion in others. So this YTT, I’m asking you to share your most helpful advice with those in search of it. Even if you consider yourself a fairly new vegan, sharing what you’ve learned so far could be very helpful to someone making the decision to go vegan. As always, you can answer in the comments below or on your own blog, but if you do the latter be sure to leave me a link in the comments so I can read your thoughts. Answer them all, or just choose the questions for which you have the most helpful advice!
Common questions people have when choosing to go vegan or newly vegan:
“I’m worried about getting proper nutrition on my new vegan diet. Do you carefully plan your meals to make sure you’re getting everything necessary?”
“Should I be taking supplements? Which supplements do you take?”
“I’m not going vegan for my health, but how will the diet effect me physically? Is it going to take my body some time to adjust? Will I notice any initial effects, good or bad?”
“There are so many packaged vegan foods on the market, and I want to try them all, but which ones are your favorite? Which should I save my money on?
“I’m new to vegan cooking and baking. What are a few vegan dishes I can make to impress my nonvegan friends and family and prove to them vegans eat more than tree bark and pine cones?”
“What things have hidden animal products that are easy for me to miss? What non-vegan ingredients should I look for on the label besides the given meat, eggs, and dairy?”
“I don’t use animal products, but what else can I do to help the cause?”
“It’s as though my friends are trying to catch me in an inconsistency with their constant questions and comments. What should I say to people when they’re quizzing me beyond my knowledge of my new lifestyle?”
“What should I do at social events when there’s no vegan food available and everyone keeps trying to force me to eat things? I know I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to, but it’s awkward.”
“What online resources will be most helpful to me as a new vegan? Are there any books or movies you would recommend to me?”
“I was cool and all before I went vegan, but now I’m like, whoa. Why are vegan so awesome?”