my boyfriend and I just recently became vegan. It has been such an important part of our lives and had made us so much closer. We are both teens and since animal rights and living a vegan lifestyle touches every part of our lives now it has been hard to relate or connect with people are age. because of this i was wondering if there were any other teenaged kind lifers out there. if so i was hoping we could use this as a place to come for support and talk about things that affect teens, for example: -dealing with non vegan friends/family, -how to start conversations with others about being vegan, -affordable healthy vegan food, -how to gain family support, -affordable vegan and cruelty free beauty products, -vegan clothing, -cooking tips and whatever else is on the vegan teens mind. please start posting, i would like to know i'm not alone as a teen kind lifer.
I'm a teen kind lifer too! I just became vegan a couple of months ago, and I'm totally feeling the impact!! I feel so much better. It was such a great idea to start this teen section, I hope some more will come too! I know how frustrating it is to see CHEESE in the fridge that's someone else's when you're hungry. I'm so excited to see what other teens have to say. If you look on my profile it says I'm 22, but I will actually be 14 on the 26th of may. It wouldn't let me change it once I was registered.
YAY! another post! i feel your pain! its such a drag to see others consuming stuff that is so unhealthy for themselves, the animals, and the planet. I'm doing a video on how gross dairy is for school and i really hope it will make an impact. if i could just get a couple of people to question how animal products affects our health i'll be so excited! plus im making the rice treats from the kind diet and handing them out at school, who wouldn't be interested in what i have to say after those yummy things are in their tummies? : )
im sure you'll open many other teens eyes! im really anxious to give my speech on dairy! i think i can really grab teens attention by explaining how dairy gives you zits and makes you fat, what teen possibly would want to have to deal with those two problems.
i just wanted to share some tips that i've found really helpful as a vegan teen:#1: the vegetarian food for thought podcast is SO AMAZING and i'm so glad i have this in my life. its really easy to listen to on your ipod or MP3. the podcast is all about living a vegan lifestyle and "following your truth" many podcast episodes for vegan teens. its really inspiring and informative in a way that isn't overwhelming. i listen to it on my runs and it always gets me pumped to know im not alone. if you don't know what a podcast is heres more info on the vegetarian food for thought podcast and how to get it: http://www.compassionatecooks.com/podcast.htm#2: put animal rights related music videos on your myspace/facebook/whatever. People might be more likely to view the video if in a way they don't know what they are getting themselves into. they might not want to click on a PETA meet your meat video but they might want to listen to a cool song by rise against or goldfinger that has an animal rights aspect to their music video. a bit sneaky but it works.my favorites: goldfinger's "open your eyes":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7I3PHqcy_o&feature=fvst and "ready to fall" by rise against:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmoB2svMld8&feature=PlayList&p=40FA80F0A8E3AA26&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=4
#5: its hard for me to find affordable vegan bread at the supermarket that isn't pretty much wonderbread and when I read the ingredients it doesn't sound like something I want to eat, so I got a bread machine! I found a super cheap one on www.craigslist.com and I've been baking so much vegan bread since. Its so easy you toss all the ingredients in and it does the rest the mixing, rising, and baking most machines also have a timer so you can set it before school toss in the ingredients and time it so you have fresh bread by dinner time! *if any bread recipe calls for eggs use flaxseed meal, if it calls for butter use earth balance.
hey guys... im 19 so only got a year of teenagerdom left. but ive been veggie since i was 15, and vegan since june last year. lauren, its so cool your boyfirend is doing this too, so you have someone to talk to about everything and work through any problems together. i now flat as am in my second year of university, (studying human nutrition) and cook all my own food, but spent a couple years learning how to deal with living in a meat eating household. its tough at first, but gets easier after a while.
ive been vegetarian for 3 years and with my boyfriend for 2 and he was a meat eater, it was pretty hard for me but we made it work. then one day he saw Alicia on the cover of a magazine in my room and was asking me where he had see her before. he remembered her from the cover of the kind die. he read the interview with her and asked if he could read her book. he was very secretive about all of it, then we watched food inc. and after he said "im never eating animals again." i am VERY lucky.
wow. lucky. and thats so cool about bout the alcia thingy.. my boyf is not gonna turn veggie over the animal thig. but he is concerned about his health. so im attempting via that angle, slowly. its difficult, but the science is on our side.