When I began my vegetarian lifestyle, last March during the quarantine, I didn't think it would be so difficult to maintain... But as time has passed, I've seen my family become increasingly frustrated that I don't eat meat. I've tried telling them that they do not need to cook for me, I buy my own ingredients, I have my own food stamps for heavens sake... I've even offered to sit down with them and SHOW them how my choice of diet change works and the benefits of it. But they still rebuttal as if they want to control every aspect of my life. I don't know what to do anymore. If I refuse to eat something because it has a massive amount of butter in it, I get backlash from the family member who made it. I get called "ungrateful" or the famous "you aren't getting enough protein!" Which is VASTLY untrue. Vegan diets/vegetarian/plant based has much more protein in it than meat itself. I've learned so much on this journey of mine but they refuse to listen to reason.
I'm glad to have these entries... I know people are probably getting tired of reading them, but I want to keep doing these because it's my only outlet. Yes, my family is very much the "we don't talk about that" type of people. If I do try, they get angry and throw fits of rage. IF I leave, they act as if they did nothing wrong to cause it or they'll apologies and it gets swept under the rug.
The world belongs to you just as much as you belong to the world, for you were born and that gives you the right to exist. The circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today...is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.