Hello. I want to talk about more things... I am "almost vegan" a few months, before i was vegetarian, two years... and now ill explain why "almost vegan"... I do not eat any meat, eggs, milk, or any milk products. but im addicted to honey. do you know something, what can replace honey? some cereal malt or sirup? which is the best, healthy, and sweet? i need something, what i can intake to tea, coffee or oatmeal. i need some bigger motivation for stopping eat honey. I stopped to eat meat, milk, eggs.. it was easy, because i love animals like pigs, cows, and i feel a big empathy to them, so it comes gradually and naturally.
And the second thing, which i want to talk about, are people about me.. friend, family, teachers, schoolmatters... my mother is okay, we cook together vegan foods, they is not vegan, not vegetarian, but she loves vegan foods like a lot kinds of vegetable soups, rice and other cereals, legumes, vegetables... but with my fother and brother it isnt so okay. they are joking of this,they provocate me. all my family thinks, i an an anorectic because "i am thin and i do not eat anything normal". they fear for my health. and i cant explain, they dont, and dont want to understand. They dont understand, why i dont want a cake.. and my friends arent more friendly in this topic. they thin i am crazy, and they has too "very funny jokes"..and i hate the stupid questions, which have my schoolmatters "what do you eat, if you cant eat anything? you must be always hungry.."
Sounds like you are doing a great job!! I have never liked honey, so I don't know what to tell you about that... just the thought that insects make it, affects the appeal for me... Have you tried cane sugar???
So glad that your mother is supportive. In fact, she is doing exactly what a mother should do... learning about vegan cooking and cooking with you. I have known several mothers who went vegan after helping their teens who had gone vegan, including myself. It is a very healthy diet, that is, if you eat lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc. Unfortunately some young people just avoid the animal products, and eat junk like oreos & potato chips, etc., and then get themselves into nutritional trouble... If your mom is interested, tell her to read THE CHINA STUDY by T. Colin Campbell, or FOOD FOR LIFE by Dr. Neal Barnard. When she learns of all the really positive disease prevention aspects of the vegan diet, she may want to lean into cooking this way for the whole family.
Unfortunately, you will run into people that give you a hard time about this... many people are clueless about animal suffering, or how the average American diet contributes to so many diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders (like arthritis), etc.
If you are dealing with people who have no empathy for animals, I would suggest meeting them on their own turf... meaning, how does the consumption of animal products affect them, or impact their lives negatively??? Learn about the health aspects of the plant-based diet. Anyone in the family on medication for high blood pressure?? High cholesterol?? Diabetes?? Arthritis?? Trying to lose weight??
Our bodies make our own cholesterol and we do not need any added to our diets. There IS NO cholesterol in plant foods, only in animal foods. Many diabetics can keep their diabetes in check by eating a plant based diet, and do not need medication... I am pre-diabetic and can attest to this. And when I gave up dairy my severe osteoarthritis went into complete remission. (Dairy is an inflammatory).
I suggest reading BECOMING VEGAN by Brenda Davis. This book would be good for your mom to read too. Lots of nutritional information, and the dispelling of nutritional myth.
And if people teasing you don't care about animals, tell them that the resources that it takes to feed 1 meat eater can feed 14 to 15 vegans. The United Nations is urging all countries to adopt a plant based diet--this way we can feed more people and resolve world hunger.
Also get a copy of the movie EARTHLINGS and ask your Dad and family to view it with you. Even people who say that they don't care about animals find this movie hard to watch.
Your family and friends must accept and respect your ethics, or this will be damaging to your relationships... teasing you is not right, and hurtful, and somehow you must get them to understand that these are your ethical beliefs, and not just some fad diet that you are on...
And if people continue to give you a hard time, try to educate them, and whether successful or not, remember that you will grow stronger in dealing with this negativity, and what the animals go through is even much more horrific than your feelings of lack of acceptance.
Also, try to get connected with other vegans. There is a big vegan community on facebook, and there are vegan groups on many college campuses.
Great advice KIt! Thank you so much for chiming in! I could not have said it better myself! I'd like to also add a few ideas. Brown rice syrup, pure maple syrup and malted barley syrup can work as alternatives to honey but they are not quite as sweet. I enjoy using them on toast, in smoothies and sauces. I use stevia in my teas and other drinks
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I'm glad your mom is supportive. Perhaps if your other family members and friends watched or read some of the materials that tell them how their food gets on their plate they would be more understanding - and maybe even join you.
I like agave syrup as a sweetner. It is different than honey, but I find I don't have to use much to get a sweet taste. Some say it has a funny after taste, but if you use just a little I don't think it does.
I agree, agave syrup is what I use to replace honey. Any recipe that calls for honey I use agave nectar instead. It's made from cactus. As for eating it straight, agave is good, and I would try corn syrup as well, it has a really good flavour.