"But don't you miss bacon?"
how to respond to eye-rolling comments from non-vegans
Are you sick of rolling your eyes so hard you feel like they might get stuck, when your annoying, fast-food-loving cousin hears you're vegan and gives you that "you should really eat a cheeseburger...and how do you live without bacon?" crap!?
Are you ready to just shout veganism from the rooftops..but like, in a way that doesn't turn people off, and actually shows them what YOU know, which is that it's amazing??
I can totally relate, because four years ago, this was me.
At first, I used to get all defensive and pissed. I could literally feel my blood pressure rising (you know the feeling, I bet,) and would try to defend myself and veganism, sharing all the things I could eat, all the benefits, all the animal cruelty I was combating, blah blah blah.
So what do I do now, instead?
So I keep it light. I keep it brief. I try to make people smile. People's guards are down when they're laughing! And I always, always try to show how delicious it is....like, Oreos! and Vodka--they're both vegan!
It never been my style to stand at a protest with signs....I'm SUCH an introvert and not very confrontational.
I also know from YEARS of trying to convince my mom, sobbing, as a seven-year old, to give up chicken, that my plea for animal rights or attempts to rationalize with her didn't always sink in.
If you're ready to learn more about how to communicate veganism, answer questions, and respond to criticism effectively, with encouraging change as the bottom line, not being "right," then make sure you're on the waitlist for my "No I don't miss bacon" vegan course, launching in two weeks!And next time you hear "what can you even eat!?" I hope you feel like you know how to respond calmly, light-heartedly, and ideally in a way that involves that Oreo line...(it really does work.)
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