Family Matters
Live with a family that eats meat? Don't worry, we've been there too! Here are some tips to achieve family harmony while staying cruelty-free.
What to say to parents and other family members about becoming vegetarian or vegan or eating less meat.

PRACTICE PATIENCE

Nobody wants to feel judged. If they want to learn more, they'll ask. A low-key approach will make your family more open to changing their diets over time.


What to say to parents and other family members about becoming vegetarian or vegan or eating less meat.

MAKE IT EASY

Make your new diet as easy as possible on the chef of the house. Offer to help cook. To make meals easier, just substitute in veggie burgers for hamburgers, vegan chicken patties for chicken patties, and so on. Meanwhile, chow down on the side dishes the whole family is having — things like pasta, potatoes, vegetables, rice and beans, and so on. You can also keep satisfying snacks around the house for when you need something quick, like microwave burritos, granola bars, canned lentil soup, and nuts.
What to say to parents and other family members about becoming vegetarian or vegan or eating less meat.

LISTEN TO THEM

If they’re worried about your health or the cost of food, let them know that you understand their concern. Share what you’ve learned about eating on a budget and getting proper nutrition.
What to say to parents and other family members about becoming vegetarian or vegan or eating less meat.

BE A ROLE MODEL

It may take awhile for your family to accept your choice, but stay optimistic. If you're patient with them, and stay healthy and kind, in time they’ll come around.
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