It can be tough being a vegan in a non-vegan world. You may feel like you are constantly surrounded by people who don’t understand your lifestyle, and who may even judge you for it. This can be frustrating and isolating. But don’t worry, you are not alone. After I went vegan, I was coping with anger, sadness, and resentment. I know it’s not easy, so I’ve made a list of tips for everyone who struggles with being a vegan in a non-vegan world.
Find other vegans
There’s strength in numbers, so finding others who share your lifestyle choice can make things much easier. There are online communities of vegans, as well as local meetups and groups on Facebook or other social media.
Connecting with other vegans will help you feel less alone and more supported in your vegan journey.
When you’re out and about, it’s important to have snacks and meals with you so that you’re not tempted by non-vegan options. Planning will make it much easier to stick to your vegan diet.
Here are some vegan snacks suggestions you can take on trips or when visiting someone who is not vegan:
- fresh or dried fruit
- veggies and hummus
- granola bars
- chips and salsa
- nuts and seeds
And sometimes you go to a restaurant, and they don’t have any vegan dishes on the menu. Here are some dishes you can find in almost any restaurant that are vegan or can be veganized:
- french fries
- garden salad
- vegetable soup
- rice and beans
- avocado toast
- grilled vegetables
Learn as much as you can about veganism so that you can confidently answer any questions that come up about your lifestyle. Veganism is not just a diet, it’s a philosophy and way of life.
The more you know about it, the easier it will be to explain to others. And don’t forget to educate others about veganism too. The more people who know about veganism, the more accepted it will become.
People often ask about 3 aspects of veganism: ethical, environmental, and health.
Veganism and ethics
Many vegans choose to live a vegan lifestyle because of the ethical treatment of animals. They believe that all living creatures deserve to be treated with respect and compassion.
The current state of intensive animal agriculture is cruel. Animals are confined to small spaces, given hormones and antibiotics, and treated as commodities.
This system is not sustainable and we must make the switch to a more humane way of producing food.
Learn more about veganism and animal welfare here: The 5 Worst Kept SECRETS About Farm Animal Welfare
Veganism and the environment
The raising and slaughtering of animals for food is a major contributor to environmental problems such as deforestation, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Deforestation is caused by the clearing of land for grazing and farmland. Animal agriculture is responsible for 80% of Amazon rainforest deforestation.
- Water pollution is caused by the runoff from farms, which contains pesticides, herbicides, and manure. This pollutes rivers, lakes, and oceans.
- Animal agriculture is also a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. It is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector.
Learn more about veganism and the environment here: Veganism and the Environment + 3 Easy Ways to Help Our Planet
Veganism and health
The world health organization (WHO) has said that the vegan diet can be healthy for humans if it is planned correctly.
A vegan diet can provide all the nutrients a person needs and may even have some health benefits.
A healthy vegan diet consists of:
- a variety of fruits and vegetables
- legumes such as beans, lentils, and peas
- whole grains
- nuts and seeds
- plant-based oils
Learn more about veganism and health here: What Does a HEALTHY Vegan Life Look Like? (5 Delicious Recipes Included!)
You have a right to your beliefs, and you should not have to compromise them just to make others comfortable. If someone asks you why you’re vegan, be prepared to explain your reasons respectfully.
You don’t have to justify your choices to anyone, but if you’re open to talking about it, you may be able to educate others and change their perceptions of veganism.
Despite the challenges, it’s important to remember that being vegan can be a fun and rewarding experience. Seek out vegan-friendly restaurants and events and connect with other vegans online and in person.
Savor the delicious vegan food, feel good about helping animals, and know that you are part of a compassionate and growing community.
Veganism and mental health
If you follow the 5 tips above, it will be easier for you to live in a world where veganism is not mainstream. But sometimes the days get harder, and we question everything about our decision.
It can feel like being a vegan in a non-vegan world is like a drop in the ocean. You may feel discouraged because your close ones don’t understand why you are doing this, or they may even make fun of your decision.
That’s why we must take care of our mental health.
- find like-minded people,
- build a supportive network,
- get enough sleep and exercise,
- try meditation,
- and eat a healthy vegan diet.
These things will help you to stay strong in your convictions and maintain a positive outlook. If you are still feeling down, please talk to a therapist or your doctor about it.
Frequently asked questions regarding being a vegan in a non-vegan world
Can vegans and non-vegans get along?
In a world that is increasingly divided, it can be hard to find common ground. However, when it comes to the topic of veganism, there may be more common ground than you think.
While vegans and non-vegans may have different diets, there are many ways that they can get along.
For example, both groups can appreciate the importance of healthy eating. In addition, both groups can respect each other’s right to choose what they eat.
When it comes to veganism, the key is to remember that we are all on our journey. Some people may choose to become vegan overnight, while others may take a more gradual approach. Some may never choose veganism.
Whatever the case, vegans and non-vegans can get along by respecting each other’s choices and striving for a more compassionate world.
What percentage of the globe is vegan?
Vegans make up a small minority of the world’s population. According to a poll, about 3% of adults in the United States identify as vegan.
However, the number of vegans is likely higher in other parts of the world, such as India, where cow’s milk is considered taboo. In India, there are an estimated 20 million to 40 million vegans.
That’s why it is difficult to say definitively what percentage of the globe is vegan.
What happens if everyone on Earth becomes vegan?
If everyone on Earth were to become vegan, it would have a significant impact on the environment.
Animal agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, and it also requires a large amount of land and water.
- According to some estimates, if everyone in the world went vegan, it would free up an area the size of Australia from animal agriculture.
- This would create more land for reforestation, which would help to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and combat climate change.
- In addition, going vegan would also reduce the water demand, as animal agriculture is responsible for nearly 20% of global water usage.
While going vegan may not be the only solution, it would have a positive impact on the environment.
Can a vegan love a meat-eater?
Yes, a vegan can love a meat-eater. While it may seem like a vegan and meat-eater could never find common ground, they can have a loving relationship.
A vegan can love a meat-eater as long as they are open-minded and respectful of their partner’s choices. Ultimately, whether or not a vegan and meat-eater can have a successful relationship depends on their personalities and willingness to compromise.
I hope these tips have helped you feel more prepared to cope with being a vegan in a non-vegan world. Remember, there’s strength in the community.
Seek out other vegans and connect with the vegan community for support. Have fun and enjoy the rewarding experience of living vegan. And most importantly, take care of your mental health.
Hi, I’m Petra and for most of my life, I was an omnivore. A vegan couple made me curious about veganism, so I did some research. What I found out about the animals, our planet, and the health benefits of a vegan diet made me go vegan overnight. It’s been 5 years now and it’s been one of the best decisions of my life.