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Dec. 27th, 2004 @ 04:31 pm (no subject)

i've been considering becoming a vegetarian for a while now, and i've finally decided to do it. the only problem is...my family doesn't like that. they bomb me with questions about how i'm going to get my protein and i told them that there are other ways...yet they force me to eat this meat. it's terrible because i feel like i'm not supported by my own family. i'm just curious as to how many of you have had this problem, and what have you done about it?
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Date:December 27th, 2004 10:51 pm (UTC)
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I come from a definite meat and potatoes family. If a meal doesn’t consist of a meat course, it isn’t considered a meal. Knowing this I had to take a different approach to becoming vegetarian. I started by giving up beef, then pork. I gave it time, letting the idea sink in with my family. Finally, I told them that I was going to “try” and give up meat for forty days. I figured that if I started having health problems, they would have an argument. Nearing the end of my trial period, I let them know that I was feeling just as healthy if not more so since I gave up meat and told them that I had proved myself capable and competent enough of making this decision for myself.

My parent’s are up and down with their support of me, but they never try to push meat on me anymore. I’m healthy and they can see that. The greatest thing that’s happened is that for Christmas this year they decided to stock my cabinets and refrigerator with food (especially things I wouldn’t buy for myself). I’m a college student so even though I love to cook, I can’t always afford to spend the time or money on preparing elaborate meals. They bought things I can use to cook and stuff I can heat up in the microwave. They purchased some frozen bean and cheese burritos; instinctively I started to read the ingredients and my mom said that she made my dad check for lard and animal products. This simple gesture was one of the greatest gifts they could give me. At least they are trying to respect my beliefs now.
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Date:December 28th, 2004 12:51 am (UTC)
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Start by figuring out why you want to be a vegetarian, and be able to express it clearly. Avoid cute phrases, and just explain it.
My reasons started out pretty simple, and evolved as I learned more.
It occurred to me that people frequently mistake thirst for hunger, and that they also eat when bored. Depriving an animal of it's life because of thirst or boredom struck me as inappropriate. If I kept a calf in my apartment and killed it out of boredom one day I would be considered a bit nuts, but paying someone else to is perfectly normal - I don't buy this.

Next I looked into the conditions that animals live in. These were also unnecessarily cruel, and I decided that I did not want to be a part of a system that treated animals like this, and which resulted in less healthy food.

If you do some research into reasons for vegetarianism, and what dietary options you have, your parents should be more accepting.

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Date:April 7th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
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My mother doesn't like the idea of me becoming a vegetarian because I'm very thin & never eat enough anyway. But lately I've been showing my mom what I eat and I eat eggs and cheese sometimes, too so she doesn't freak as much about it now. Just show your parents that you know what you're talking about & that what you eat is really good for you. It's not like you're forcing them to eat the way you do, right? :)