If you are a vegan or a plant based eater you will surely be able to relate to this post. When you decide to be a vegan, suddenly everyone around you becomes a nutrition expert.
” I know someone who is a vegan and He/she is not very healthy ”
“there is no way you can get enough protein being a vegan ”
” you are going to get way too skinny ”
” there is no way I could be a vegan, I need to eat meat because I work out and need the protein ”
Are you with me here? These comments go on and on and if you try to defend yourself the conversation usually gets heated and everyone starts getting upset. All the sudden you are expected to have a PHD in nutrition. I suppose that everyone that eats meat knows exactly how their body digests and utilizes the nutrients in animal products. . . . Naturally
Need I say more. I still don’t have a sure fire way of dealing with these people except to tell them I feel great and have more energy than I have in years. The other thing that has helped is to educate myself on the health benefits of being vegan. The book I follow is “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. In his book, he debunks a lot of the myths that people have around food. It has helped me immensely!
Most people don’t even know the difference between being vegan and vegetarian so trying to argue your point about being vegan usually falls on deaf ears. It is better to just focus on your own journey and let them have theirs. The best teaching can be done through example. When people see you transforming into a more healthy person they will be asking you what you are doing to look that way!
I can definitely relate. It can be incredibly disheartening sometimes.