Posted by Cascadian at 05/28/14 12:00:46Sorry that I missed you in chat - please stop in again sometime soon.
Personally, I became Vegan when I was 14 - over 22 years ago now. All of my children have been Vegan since the start, the oldest will be 18 next year!
I suggest finding reputable information that you can provide your mother on how having a Vegan diet can be done easily and healthfully. Perhaps these folks can help you with this: http://oslovegetarfestival.no/
Best wishes! :-)
Posted by ahimsa32fa at 05/29/14 05:51:26NorwegianForselius-
Offer her a brief handout (thousands available for free from PETA, PCRM and countless other organizations).
If she won't read it, ask her as a favor to you.
If she reads it and asks questions, refer her to PCRM or offer to buy her a book...
Posted by DunkiesandDimeys at 06/18/14 13:16:06Vegetarianism is definitely not more expensive than a meat-eating diet. In fact, it'll probably save you money over the long-run in doctor's visits. You'll have a much lower chance of developing heart disease, diabetes, etc., and you will be getting a lot more nutrients that meat-eaters often forget about. Vegetables are very rich in nutrients, and most meat-eaters don't eat enough of them. A lot of them even give you anti-oxidant benefits, which will help prevent cancer.
I always taught veggie burgers were expensive, until I started paying attention to how much my mother spends just for a pack of pre-made hamburgers. If you cut out fancy things like veggie burgers and veggie dogs, you'll save even more.
I know how you feel. I was afraid to tell my mom about going vegetarian, too. Since my mother didn't prepare me meals, I started eating whatever I could find in the house that was vegetarian. Eventually, she figured it out, and I learned that she was very supportive of my dietary choices.
Posted by AndyT at 06/19/14 20:07:38Hello Norvegian forselius,
also from my side the best and heartfelt wishes to make your lifestyle change.
You might want to take a look at this book, as it specifically deals with the challenges a teenager faces when going vegan (it was written by one):
There are two main reasons why your mother might not want to agree with you going vegan.
1) She is afraid it might not be healthy, and wants the best for you.
This - luckily - is the easier objection to overcome.
Take a look at the decision paper on vegan and vegetarian diets of the american dietitians association (the worlds largest organization of dietitians)
"It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes. "
The key word here is "well planned". Yes, you need to take care of certain important nutrients to live a healthy life. Of course, people eating a non-vegan diet will most likely have to watch out even more, but as they are "normal", nobody asks them about it :-(
2) She feels bad about eating meat herself, and does not want you to "rub it in".
This is more difficult to overcome.
But really, it is your life and you need to make such a change for yourself. My suggestion would be to check if there are other people living vegan or vegetarian close to you who might lend you support in discussing with your family.
Again, wish you all the best luck!!!
Posted by diannaoftheoaks at 08/24/14 16:26:51I would suggest buying your own food and cooking it in the house and showing your parents how easy and good it is to be vegan. Use this opportunity as a teaching moment. You never know, they might join you-even for just one meal-and that would save an animal's life!