Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Not being "one of those vegans"

Helping people into veganism

We've all heard that familiar joke, "how do you know if there's a vegan in the room? Don't worry, they'll tell you."

Not being "one of those vegans" is something I struggled with a lot when I first went vegan. As your energy levels start to increase, the number on the scales starts to drop and you become more aware of what you're eating and the difference it's making to you and the planet, it's only natural that you want to share this with every-single-person-that-happens-to-cross-your-path-for-the-next-six-months.

But the truth is, no matter how many reasons there are for switching to veganism, most people just don't want to be told what to do! That's why this article in the most recent edition of Vegan Life Magazine* caught my attention. I think trying to educate people about veganism is something most vegans would admit to doing, but it's all about gently coaching the people that might be genuinely interested in pursuing a vegan lifestyle, not about grilling your granddad whilst he's chowing down on a bacon sandwich.

Everyone learns at their own pace and has their own motivations for doing things, if you have a friend who's interested in veganism but thinks it will be too difficult or expensive, why not share your favourite money-saving vegan recipes with them, or invite them round for a vegan feast?

Lead by example, once people notice your skin looking healthier and your jeans fitting better, they'll soon be asking you for recipes!

If you're looking for more hints and tips on helping others to turn switch to veganism, check out Vegan Life for some bite-sized nuggets of wisdom as well as tasty recipes and all of the latest happenings in veganism.

Emily x

Image via Vegan Life Magazine

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