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Going through a vegan "PHASE"...

I'm not one to get too shook up when people dont agree with my opinions, but there is NOTHING more irritating to me than telling someone I'm vegan and hearing them respond "Oh! I went through a vegan/vegetarian phase too!"

PHASE? What the hell does that mean? Am I over reacting, or is this as condescending as I'm taking it?

Imagine saying to a gay person, "Oh, I went through a gay phase too!"... on second thought, I'm sure they get that all the time. Gah, people are so ignorant.
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I don't really get the "phase" thing (i'm not sure if I ever did), but I have and do get the question about how long I think I'll be vegan. When people ask this, I usually get the impression that they think I'm new to it. So I tell them. "Well... I've been vegan 10 years, so... forever?"
I guess it comes from their belief that being vegan is very difficult, or that it is a stunt diet like Atkins, etc, that can only be undertaken for a short period.
I know it's hard for some people to comprehend initially what vegans eat on a regular basis and how it all works, but now I wonder how *I* ever could have thought that. Now a vegan diet just seems obvious to me. I guess that's why we all get frustrated/amused when people can't seem to figure out what veganism IS. chicken ok? fish? I've gotten asked things that should be obviously vegan - like beans. Yes, beans.

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I've gotten asked things that should be obviously vegan - like beans. Yes, beans.

That's hilarious! They get a gold star, for successfully identifying ONE food not made from animals... 'Good work: you get a sticker!'  ;D

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Hahaha people get SO confused. Someone actually asked me if I could eat PINEAPPLE the other day. You just have to laugh. Also at work they once ordered pizza for everyone, and as I sat there eating my sandwhich, my manger turned to me and said "oh my gosh, Im sorry! Remind me if youre working next time and we'll get chicken wings or something.". Hahahaha. Fortunately everyone laughed at him so I didnt even need to say anything.

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I think some of the vegan phase thing comes from the many many teenage girls who do actually go through a vegetarian/vegan phase, whether because someone else is doing it or because they want to lose weight. That's how it was in my middle school and highschool years, someone was always eschewing meat for weight loss purposes and then failing their 'diet' as soon as friday pepperoni pizza was ordered.

So, blame the teenagers! :-D

And I too find it horrendously annoying when somoene says "Oh you're still doing that thing huh?" But I just smile and say yes, and when another year goes by that I'm doing this vegan thing I will smile eeeeven wider.

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Hahaha people get SO confused. Someone actually asked me if I could eat PINEAPPLE the other day. You just have to laugh. Also at work they once ordered pizza for everyone, and as I sat there eating my sandwhich, my manger turned to me and said "oh my gosh, Im sorry! Remind me if youre working next time and we'll get chicken wings or something.". Hahahaha. Fortunately everyone laughed at him so I didnt even need to say anything.

They are being condescending to you that's including with the pineapple remark.

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Hahaha people get SO confused. Someone actually asked me if I could eat PINEAPPLE the other day. You just have to laugh. Also at work they once ordered pizza for everyone, and as I sat there eating my sandwhich, my manger turned to me and said "oh my gosh, Im sorry! Remind me if youre working next time and we'll get chicken wings or something.". Hahahaha. Fortunately everyone laughed at him so I didnt even need to say anything.

They are being condescending to you that's including with the pineapple remark.

And mind you I'm not being  mean I'm just saying be aware of that. They are not respecting veganism.

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Hahaha people get SO confused. Someone actually asked me if I could eat PINEAPPLE the other day. You just have to laugh. Also at work they once ordered pizza for everyone, and as I sat there eating my sandwhich, my manger turned to me and said "oh my gosh, Im sorry! Remind me if youre working next time and we'll get chicken wings or something.". Hahahaha. Fortunately everyone laughed at him so I didnt even need to say anything.

They are being condescending to you that's including with the pineapple remark.

And mind you I'm not being  mean I'm just saying be aware of that. They are not respecting veganism.

I appreciate your concern but I actually know these people and in these instances, it was due to them not being very bright / aware.

I do however agree that people CAN be condescending, which is why i started the post in the first place

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Oh and to add on... I recently found out I'm pregs *confetti* and I'm already getting "Oh is your doctor going to make you eat normal again?" and "You realize you're going to have to give up the vegan thing for a while" GRAHHHH. My mom even tried to sell me on  organic chicken the other day, and shes normally very supportive.

Explain why people are constantly trying to shove chocolate cake into pregnant ladies mouths, but eating vegetables is a no-no. If you want to go on a tirade about MY health I've toughened up to your ignorance, but its pretty ballsy to accuse me of being a bad mother. Well, baby cooker, at this point.

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Woohoo, congrats!

You may need to invest in some good ear buds/ loud music, to drown out obnoxious omni-comments!  ;D  Good luck!

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