Surviving Veganism In Your Meat Eating Family

Surviving Veganism In Your Meat Eating Family

Sometimes families butt heads when it comes to what they think is best.
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Millennials are doing their part by bringing veganism to light. However, their parents have been misinformed for so long, they think it’s the most unnatural thing they’ve ever heard of. For those who’ve flown the coop, they don’t exactly have a say in our lifestyle.

It only becomes a real problem when we still live with them.

First and foremost, you need to know your facts. Any glimpse of doubt your mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandmother etc. has, you need to be able to diminish it. Counter with an intelligent response confidently and they won’t be able to give you that look of uncertainty again.

Then, there's the "budget" issue.

Which simply does not exist. Sure, it would be a lot if you were to go out and buy every mock meat out there along with only shopping at Whole Foods. You want to go for the real whole foods: produce, beans and grains. Those are the cheapest foods in the grocery store, yet most universal.

Learn to compromise with your family.

Of course, your parent or guardian isn’t going to want to make two separate dinners for the same night. Take this time to cook with them, and even show them how delicious being vegan truly is (Hint: It’s not just grass and twigs.)

They’ll enjoy the bonding experience, and this will prepare you for living on your own someday. I like to take recipes from YouTube channels such as Liv B and Caitlin Shoemaker; they’re simple, cheap and easy to follow!

It doesn't sound too hard right?

That’s because it’s not! All your parents really care about is if you’re healthy. It’s not their fault that they grew up in a time where they thought you could only get calcium from dairy.

And let’s face the facts, livestock and their byproducts cause about 51 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. You’re only doing your part as a decent human being. Who knows--maybe you can convince one of them to go vegan!

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I Asked 17 People About Their Favorite Things In Life And Learned A Lot About Positivity In The Process

As it turns out, we've all got a little sunshine within our hearts—so let it shine!
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In a world that's often obsessed with negativity, stress, and bringing others down, it is a true relief to see the good in life and relish in the positive things around us. As someone who is a huge fan of the "little things" in life, I asked 17 people about their favorite quotes and the things that give them joy and inspire them most.

All names and ages have been changed for the purpose of this article, so please enjoy these wonderful tidbits of inspiration, advice, and joy! And don't be afraid to pass on what you've learned from these wise individuals.

1. "Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is"—Gabriella, 16




2. "Jesus, family, music, horses"—Noah, 14



3. "Waking up and feeling like I got a lot of sleep, getting a good grade on my exam, good hair days, road trips, the comfort of having good friends and family, seeing my dog when I come home"—Abigail, 17



4. "The day my niece was born"—Lucy, 35



5. "My wife, food, being home, family, friends, creative time, going to church"—Henry, 45



6. "Thunderstorms, group hammocking, chocolate ice cream, coffee, strawberries fresh from the patch, daffodils in the spring, vinyl records, road trips with friends"—Brooklyn, 31



7. "My momma, Rocky Road ice cream, monster cookies, my cats, and my best friend Paige"
—Mia, 15



8. "Live, laugh, love"—Ruby, 54



9. "When I realized I was finally right where God wanted me to be, with my now husband and my 3 kids, and being so blessed and happy to know I made it to where I was meant to be!"—Christina, 39




10. "Ice cream dates with my boyfriend, baby farm animals, flowers, family time"—Jennifer, 26



11. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"—Elise, 19



12. "Being authentic and supportive of all of the people I care about"—Maggie, 33



13. "The quote that 'a ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for'"—Bella, 46



14. "Probably when my brother asked me to be the Godmother of my nephew"—Eva, 24




15. "Chapstick—weird, I know. But I always try to buy at least one different one every time I go to the store so I like seeing the different variety. It's kind of like a helpful hobby I guess!"—Brittany, 41



16. "Animals' noses, oat milk cappuccinos, sunsets, holding hands, a new pair of jeans, clean makeup brushes, vegan desserts, kitty paws, cats purring" —Alicia, 25



17. "Pasta, naps, and soda"—Katherine, 63


I've made it my life mission to spread the cheer, show love to others, and focus on positive vibes only! Will you do the same?

As a first step, I highly recommend reading Neil Pasricha's inspirational book "The Book of Awesome" for practical advice on how to spot the good in everyday life. Or, you can just live by this quote from "Zombieland:"


Go forth and stay positive!

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A Thank You Letter To My Morning Coffee

Because where would I be without you?
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Dear morning coffee,

Thank you for being there for me before everyone else. For being there for me when I’m tired and grumpy and for always making everything better. I know I can be touchy at times. I mean, a girl needs her caffeine. You have been there for me through it all, early mornings in high school and now all-nighters in college. There have been times that I’ve walked around double fisting coffees, finals week am I right.

No matter, you have been the constant in my life, you have seen me through it all.

Through all the rough mornings where I quite literally looked like a mess, to the nights that lasted too long. Test after test, you have been there to get me through it, you have made sure that I was caffeinated enough to function and ace those tests. Though there are times where you end up mostly on my shirt because I’m a klutz but you’re still there for me.

You’re there for me in every form, latte, cappuccino, black coffee, and even a mocha.

Every day for years you have been the constant in my life, the constant that I know I’ll see every morning. You have become the highlight of my mornings. Without you, I don’t know what I would do. I know I’m not the only who realizes how great that you are and are beyond grateful for all that you give us.

Pretty much every college student realizes how much you provide us with, essentially the life that we need to get through it all. In the ones that aren’t in college are even in coffee’s debt and will forever be grateful for it. Morning coffee has become this sort of ritual that almost everyone goes through, it is the way that we are able to function.

So, thank you morning coffee, thank you for always being there for me to brighten my mornings and for helping me get through all those hard times. And thank you for the support you always give me through all those weeks of all-nighters and finals.

So once again thank you morning coffee to make sure that this is not how I always look.

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