Many new vegans struggle with the occasionally unintentional, sometimes minor, but at times very hurtful behavior of friends and family because of their vegan diet. I don’t like to focus too much on the topic of negativity, and I’m fortunate to deal with very little of it myself directly. That said, I couldn’t care less what anyone thinks about my diet, so I barely recognize or acknowledge it in the first place.
Why is it that changing your diet can turn some people around you so negative, or even hostile? It’s partly that food is so central to our relationships that a change to food can (in some people’s minds) represent a shift, or even loss of a relationship.
But by going vegan, we’re eating vegetables, not taking a vow of silence, swearing off communication technologies and moving to the North Pole.
Still, your diet may upset people for whatever reason. So I wanted to share a few ideas to help keep things in perspective if you’re faced with someone who isn’t so welcoming of your food choices.