My last common response to when people find out about my diet/lifestyle was “I love (fill in bad food) way too much to give it up!”
The next response is:
“Wow, that is awesome! I could NEVER stick to a plant based diet, but more power to you!”
This one is interesting. The person is both acknowledging that what you are doing is awesome (or great or admirable) but automatically assumes they could never do it.
It is sad to me that making the change to a vegan/plant-strong lifestyle seems so impossible or out of reach for so many people. What strikes me about this particular response, is that most people have gone through things that other people would think of as hard to go through.
If you have been through college, a break-up, a wedding, a death someone close to you, a new job, moving, getting sick, getting the flu, having a child, raising a child, getting a dog, going through some emotional hurt – pretty much any of those, in my book are harder than taking about 3 weeks to change your diet.
I’m not saying that changing your lifestyle/diet is NOT hard, I’m saying that most people have been through things that were/are MUCH harder.
It’s sad that so many dismiss the vegan lifestyle as quickly as they do, and often do not want to hear the actual logistics of making the change.
Granted, I realize that this can often be a way to get out of the conversation about veganism – but even so the notion that it’s something out of reach or impossible should be one that is put to rest.
If tomorrow you were told that you could no longer eat peanuts because you were allergic to them, you would adjust. You would figure out a way to go through life with out them, and you would just deal with it. You’d find tasty alternatives and you would learn to shop and eat out in new ways. You might even have to eat out at different places, or shop in different sections of the grocery store. But, you’d still figure it out.
That is how I look at being vegan and being plant-strong. It was an adjustment, I had to learn new things. But in the end, it wasn’t any harder than any of the other things I’ve had to change in my life. In fact, I’d say that changing my diet and lifestyle was a heck of a lot easier than figuring out diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, nerve damage, and all of the other horrible things that happened because of nutritional neglect.
So when someone tells you that they could NEVER be vegan – ask them if they have had to ever make ANY changes in their life or if they have been through anything difficult. Chances are they have – and they don’t see themselves as strong for being able to do it.
I don’t know many people who are vegan and plant-strong who thought it was going to be completely easy to make the change. Most of us (well at least speaking for myself) knew the road ahead might be a hard one to walk. I didn’t find out about a plant-strong diet and a vegan lifestyle and say “OH WOW that sounds like a piece of cake! I want in!”. Instead, I thought it would be hard and I thought it was going to be impossible.
It’s not a matter of it being easy, it’s a matter of deciding that you are strong enough to make the changes, and that there is really no good reason to not just start.