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How to convince your parents to let you go vegan 101

If you are eager to go vegan but your parents are holding you back, I feel for you and I wish it wouldn’t have to be this way.

Usually, before our big transition – our big transformation – we find an obstacle that pushes back and doesn’t let us through, but there is always a way.

Because life is the way it is and our parents have been taught that not eating animals could possibly kill us, we need to find other ways on how to convince them to let us transition. We need to find ways that work and don’t create tension between us and them.

When I went vegan I was already an adult and my dad had no problem with it, so I am lucky in that regard – also, he went vegan soon after me which was very helpful – but I do know a few tips and tricks that could help you.

So, how to convince your parents to let you go vegan? I got you.

  • Start cooking your own meals whenever you can, or start preparing lunch and dinner for your parents. Don’t tell them that it’s vegan and go silent about veganism for a few days before (you don’t want them to get suspicious) and then suddenly offer your help in the kitchen. That way you can eat vegan more often, and they will see that eating plant-based is not plain or lacking anything important.
  • Get them to watch a documentary with you. Don’t push them or be angry if they refuse, just nicely suggest a movie night where you choose a movie.
  • Leave books about veganism in places where they will see them. That worked for me, as my dad picked up My Beef with Meat after I started leaving it on the table, and my sister read Ruby Roth’s Vegan Is Love after I left it on the couch where she usually reads. I can guarantee you that when boredom strikes, they will pick up the book and read a few pages.

I would so love to hear from you whether or not any of the tips I presented sound good to you, and if you try them, make sure to come back and leave a review.

How to convince your parents to let you go vegan? How to help them understand? How to expose them to the correct information? Leave your comment below and share your own personal experience with everyone.

Remember, your parents only want the best for you and don’t want to see you get ill due to your new diet, and when they fight back and keep you from making major changes, it just means that they love you and want to keep you safe where they think you cannot get hurt.

They grew up in a much different world than we are growing up now and they have been exposed to very different health information that we now know is not true. They can’t support your decision to go vegan because they don’t have the information they need.

Have compassion for them.

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p.s. – If you want to be more eco today, here is a very helpful post that will give you a few ideas on how to achieve that.

How to help animals this year (12 ideas)

If you are a little bit familiar with my writing, then you know that I created (almost) a miniseries on the topic of helping animals.

Today I want to share with you 12 ideas on how to help animals this year, no matter what season it is.

I am known to spend nights with stray dogs outside, calling 112 and giving them food, but not everyone is willing to do that. Most people don’t really know what to do, not that they don’t want to, they just don’t know what to do and how to help.

And look, there are always dogs roaming the streets in my town and I usually don’t call anyone because I know that they always come back. I can call the shelter a million times but their owners (such a horrible word) will let them out again.

So I only call for help when – a) an animal has died or is injured, b) an animal is clearly lost and in distress, and c) I have not seen this dog yet and am not familiar with where he lives or if he even is from this town.

So no, I am not expecting everyone to call for help every single time they see a dog on the street -especially if you live in the countryside and you know that dogs walk freely. It sucks, yes, but one can only do so much for a dog that often runs away and doesn’t have parents who would keep their eye on him.

But we can all do something, tiny things that mean the world to an animal.

Here are 12 ideas on how to help animals this year:

  1. Always have the number of the nearest animal shelter written on your phone. You truly never know when you will need to call someone.
  2. If you see a familiar dog walking freely around town, keep an eye on him and make sure that he is walking in a safe zone and not near cars. Like I said, sometimes calling a shelter doesn’t help because he will be back to roaming the streets a few days later, so just keep him safe for as long as you can and walk him home if you know where he lives.
  3. If we continue with helping dogs, always give water and food to them because with all the walking, they are surely thirsty and hungry. And please do not be afraid of them, I only had one dog bark at me and show me teeth; others are lovely and love to cuddle.
  4. If you see a dead animal in the middle of the road, call your local city department of sanitation or 112 if you are Slovenian (this number is the most important number for us to remember). If possible, move the animal on the side of the road.
  5. If you find a dead mouse or a small dead bird, no one will really come (they aren’t dogs and cats after all), so just move them to the nearest grass and put them away from people. If they are still alive, please, do call someone.
  6. Splurge on birdhouses and hang them on every tree that is strong enough to hold a birdhouse. My goal for this spring is to hang at least 5 birdhouses, as there are tons of birds where I live and they suffered a lot of cold this winter. Also, splurge on bird food!
  7. Stop cutting grass! I was always embarrassed by our little jungle but now that I know that weedy lawns are good for biodiversity, bees and wildlife, I will proudly watch the grass grow and all types of insects fly around my head.
  8. Plant bee-friendly plants. Which plants are bee-friendly though? Well, you have hyacinth, calendula, wild lilac, zinnias and goldenrod to name just a few. Remember, if bees die, we die.
  9. Go plant based and leave animals off your plate. I have plenty of posts that are all about eating plant-based and whole foods, but if you want the ultimate resources list, here you have it.
  10. We know that if bees die, we die, but what not many people talk about is that if oceans die we die too. Instead of eating sea animals, opt for an ocean-friendly plant-based seafood, and remember that we get most of our oxygen from the oceans, so we must stop exploiting it and all the animals that live down there.
  11. Summer is quickly approaching and many of you will want to take family trips to the ZOO or to the nearby aquarium, but since no one wants to take a day trip to the prison full of humans, we should consider leaving prisons with non-human animals off of our list as well. Choose to go hiking or bird watching, visit a farm sanctuary, or simply go for a walk and observe all the animals that are thankfully still living free lives – and if you have patience and can be quiet, you just might witness some amazing species of animals wandering or flying around.
  12. Volunteer your time at an animal shelter or at a farm sanctuary.

There you go, love.

12 ideas on how to help animals this year and most of them will only take you a few minutes if not less.

We all have this amazing power to help other beings and it’s on us to protect them from those who want to harm them. We have all evolved to become this amazing species of animals and we all have unique traits that should be celebrated.

Just because we are different in size, strength and in how intelligent we are, doesn’t mean that all of us cannot feel pain, love and create bonds with each other.

There is no more guessing whether or not bees are intelligent* or whether or not fish feel pain*, those are facts. It has been proven and there is plenty of evidence for it. So who are we to not help other species when we all have the same craving for life and to live?

We all help humans and we are passionate about creating a world where every person will be equal to another, and where no one will starve or be cold, and we all work so hard to bring this to reality, but in the path to equality among all humans, we mustn’t forget about equality among non-human animals and humans either.

The beauty of being human is that we don’t have to choose between the two things, but are able to help multiple animals and care for multiple causes.

Be proud of that ability.

Use it to help everyone, not just those who look like you.

Tell me, which one of the ideas that I presented sounds so good that you will try it? Do you have any other ideas that you would like to share? Let me know in the comment section.

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p.s. – If you are interested in how to eat plant based on a budget, here is a post that might help.

Meditation for beginners (tips from my personal journey)

Before I begin, let me tell you that my meditation journey only seriously began a few months ago. Before that, it was an on and off practice that I did whenever I remembered. So I am in no way a long time student of meditation, but a newbie myself.

But that’s what it’s all about innit? Sharing with each other what we have learnt so far and how we are doing. Sharing our own personal journey with others, in hopes of inspiring them and making them feel less alone as a beginner.

So what is meditation, Tanja? Why is meditation so great?

Well, meditation is a practice to help you calm your mind and focus on the now, the being in the now, the being.

There is plenty of science behind it, but even if there wouldn’t be (but it is), we still have millions of people who have benefited from practising it. Meditation heals your body and your brain. It helps you be more focused, more mindful, and it makes you happier. Who doesn’t want that?

But since you came here because you want to know my tips that are all about meditation for beginners, let’s get right into it:

  1. Number one thing that I want every single person to know is something that up to this day most people are not aware of. And that is, that meditation is not about not thinking. You cannot not think. It’s impossible. What you can do, is to be aware of your thoughts and simply observe them. Dan Harris says it best in his book 10% Happier: “Meditation is not about feeling a certain way. It’s about feeling the way you feel.”
  2. There is no such thing as having an unsuccessful meditation practice. It’s just practice. Sometimes you sit through the meditation and all you can think about is how you forgot to post on Instagram, and other times you actually observe the thought about how you forgot to post on Instagram. That is the only difference, but it doesn’t make it a bad session. It’s called a practice for a reason. Yes, you will get better at some point and you will spend more time as an observer than lost in thought, but it’s all about being aware that you are actively getting lost in thoughts and then gently coming back to the place of observation. Sometimes you will have to do that 50 times in a minute and that is okay.
  3. The goal of meditation is not about becoming enlightened, which is probably what most people think will happen. I personally don’t believe anyone is enlightened or even close to being the new Buddha – or if that is even possible. We do live in a world where billionaires are seen as Emperors and Gods, after all. The goal, if we think of it that way, is to be more mindful and aware.

There you go, three simple tips – or better said, three simple takeaways from my own meditation journey.

A few resources:

  • Waking Up: Searching For Spirituality without Religion by Sam Harris is THE book that got me hooked on meditation and mindfulness. I talk so much about Sam on my website, it’s ridiculous, but he truly is someone who marries science and Eastern wisdom so beautifully.
  • The Waking Up Podcast with Sam Harris is one of my top 3 podcasts – and I love podcasts. My favourite episode is titled Is Buddhism True and in his earlier episodes, you can also find his guided meditations.
  • Juliana from BohoBeautiful has beautiful guided meditations on her YouTube channel, and they are simple to follow and have the most calming music in the background.
  • Linda Hall and her guided meditations are something that I discovered only a month or two ago, but they have already become my favourite. I love guided meditations and I love music that I can focus on, which makes this channel perfect.
  • Adrienne from YogaWithAdrienne is currently my favourite yoga teacher that I follow and practice yoga alongside because her yoga practices are also filled with mindfulness and short meditations during or after the practice. She truly captures what yoga is all about – not a workout to get fit, but a spiritual practice to connect with yourself and life.

Please let me know in the comment section if you liked this meditation for beginners post and what you took from it. And if you are a beginner as well, why have you decided to try this practice? I am looking forward to hearing from you.

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p.s. – If you are super interested in helping animals this spring, please read this post here.

Why are vegans so angry and mean?

The stereotype about angry vegans will never die, will it?

It became such a good excuse to not open your eyes to the cruelty towards animals. But if I go with the myth and answer your question about why are vegans so angry and mean, I would answer it like that:

  • Usually what you call anger is just passion that you don’t see because you have decided to rather see vegans as angry and mean people and not passionate fighters for justice.
  • Have you ever asked advocates for equality among both genders, and LGBT community, why are they so angry when they go to streets and demand justice?

The truth is that vegans are not so much angry as they are passionate. We are passionate about opening the eyes of people like you, who are still sleeping to the oppression animals are facing as I write this, blind to the destruction of our planet, blind to the mass manipulation that is created by people who deny the existence of scientific evidence, that clearly shows that a plant-based diet is the best for human well being and thriving.

Sure, we are angry. Anger puts people on the streets, demanding justice and protesting against those who oppress and enslave the innocent. Anger for injustice and racism is what put Martin Luther King Jr on the streets to hold peaceful protests. Anger for being broke is what motivated people to risk everything and open that business that later brought them millions.

But that anger turns into passion really quickly.

So just because it starts with anger it doesn’t always continue like that.

But even if there are vegans who are really angry, why is that so wrong?

Is it wrong to feel angry at the society for normalizing the slaughter of conscious beings that never harmed anyone? Is it wrong to feel angry because people are drinking the milk of a beautiful animal that was forcefully impregnated and had her child taken away? Is it really that wrong to feel angry from time to time?

It is normal to feel angry but what matters is what you do with it, what you use it for. You can either stay in that angry bubble and turn bitter and unhappy, or you can transform it into passion and spread the message of veganism through everything that you do.

What I hear, when I hear you ask why are vegans so angry, is that you feel uncomfortable with having a finger pointed at you, I hear that you feel attacked even though you aren’t being attacked but rather just being exposed to the reality behind the burger you are eating. You don’t really think that vegans are angry, what you really think is that we are making you feel bad about your choices and you don’t want to feel like that.

It is perfectly normal to want to avoid feeling like we have done something wrong and it is normal to blame others for being too angry or too pushy when they are none of it.

But why feel like vegans are trying to make you feel bad with their angry attitude if you don’t believe you are doing anything wrong?

  • Yes, there are actual angry vegans that stay angry throughout their whole vegan journey and have not stepped over to the passionate side.
  • Yes, there are angry vegans who do mean things, like assault, physically attack or threaten, but that is not the majority and what they are doing is wrong.

The majority of vegans are PASSIONATE.

So when you say that you have only seen angry vegans, it is highly likely that you have not been able to see a clear line between angry and passionate. And there is a thin line and sometimes the two mix, but the difference between someone punching you in the face and someone showing you a photo of a slaughtered piglet is real and exists.

Did I answer your question about why are vegans so angry and mean?

Let me know in the comment section what your experience has been with vegans so far and how are you able to tell the difference between an angry vegan and a passionate vegan?

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p.s. If you are interested in learning about why going to the ZOO is a horrible choice one can make, make sure to read this post here.