I've been vegan for three years. Initially, I started on this path to lose weight (and I did: 65 lbs!). I wish my starting movitation had been about something less superficial. However, over the years, other wonderful changes have occured and I have this kind way of eating to thank: I'm at peace, can think things through calmly (no more flying off the handle, which was the norm for many, many years). My energy is through the roof. All very good things. However ... My family and friends really have been supportive the whole time. OK, a little fun is poked now and again, but nothing malicious. They've enjoyed the food I cook, and have even gone out of their way to fix vegan-friendly fare for me. Because they love me. As time goes on, though, I realize that none of them are going to change the way they eat. I mean, it IS always possible they might pick up Alicia's book (I've certainly talked it up big time the past two years!) and decide to change their ways. But ... I don't know. I have my doubts. That's probably bad to say, but it just feels that way. And I'm not a "pushy" vegan, just not in my nature to be like that. Sorry it's taking so long to get to the point! What I fear is that I'm going to lose all these people I love long before I kick off. I realize nobody knows when they'll die, I do. But I feel like my chances of living a long, healthy life have been greatly improved with this lifestyle. I'm going to continue. But it does make me really sad that because these people whom I love so very much aren't concerned too much for their health ... I'm going to be awesomely healthy into old age ... but all alone. Oh, I probably sound crazy. But thank you for letting me get this off my chest! Who knows? Maybe I'll meet some kick-ass elderly vegans, as time goes on.
My family pokes fun at me all the time about this situation. So don't feel weird, that subject IS talked about. They always say stuff like "Bev's gonna be the last one standing!" or "if you go on eating like that you're gonna be the only one left!" It is a frightening thing but a somewhat faulty assumption. To help you feel better, be reassured that them eating some of your food does help, even if it's not what they are eating allll the time. Best thing is to not think about it at all.
Thanks, Bev. I cringed after hitting "add response" to that, afraid I was gonna get a bunch of "Why are you obsessing over death, you crazy lady?" responses. I honestly don't obsess on it, but must admit it's been on my mind lately. My father passed a few years ago, type II diabetes, and my mom is headed down that path. I've got some friends with health issues ... so, yeah.
I'm so sorry to hear about your losses :( I know you wish you could just change everything and help everyone but sometimes taking care of yourself too helps. I'm sure they are very happy to see that you are, especially by adopting a vegan diet. Sounds like they support you and make some vegan food for you too which is nice. Like I said, them eating just a little of the food you make them helps and it really shows that you appreciate them and want them to be involved in this big part of your life. Share the experience, make memories, and be happy :D
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