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Old 09-01-2018, 10:14 AM
fvegan fvegan is offline
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Convincing family to go vegan

So this might be controversial, but I really believe after watching documentaries like Forks over knives and watching Dr. Michael Greger videos that a plant based vegan diet can help with things like blood pressure.

My parents are suffering from very high blood pressure, and I'm really worried they are going to suffer from a heart attack if they don't change their heavy meat and dairy based diets.

Has anyone found a way to help their families at least TRY reduce their meat consumption? Even a reduction in Red Meat would be amazing!

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Old 09-01-2018, 10:42 AM
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Well, some of my family members just started copying me, they just saw how i was eating, though they don't eat exactly like me but they have changed there diet to add more healthy meals.
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Old 09-01-2018, 01:00 PM
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Well, some of my family members just started copying me, they just saw how i was eating, though they don't eat exactly like me but they have changed there diet to add more healthy meals.

Yeah lead through example is pretty much the only way.
Humans are notoriously stubborn creatures if you tell them to do something more often than not they can't help but do the opposite.

I know its cliché but be the change you want to see.
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Old 09-01-2018, 08:55 PM
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Thank you everyone that's actually quite useful. I've lost a lot of weight on this diet and I hoped that would maybe convince them if not for their health, but maybe they need more time.
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Old 11-01-2018, 01:34 AM
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People don't change unless they want to.

While it's clear you care for them deeply enough to worry about their diets you'll get much more progress by being gentle with them. I'm a new vegan myself and wanted to be one for a long time. But what kept me was the attitude of the vegans I was running into. Being pushy, rude, and shoving information about animal cruelty only did more harm than good.

Not saying that you have been :) But it's something I hope most vegans keep in mind when they share their experiences with omnivores. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar after all!

I've been sharing tastes of my food with my family. I'm always excited when I find something new that I enjoy because I always felt healthy food would not taste as good. It's easier that way for me to get them on board. I also tell them how much better I feel now that I've dropped all the processed foods. Like Universal Vibe said, leading by example is the easiest and best bet.

Almost all cultures both past and present eat or ate meat. It's a part of humanity whether it's ethical/healthy or not. So it's a hard habit for some to break. By being kind and understanding of that it takes the edge off and helps people to open up more and do some soul searching as to why they're fighting making healthier changes. Just my thoughts. Good luck!!
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Old 11-01-2018, 02:33 PM
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So this might be controversial, but I really believe after watching documentaries like Forks over knives and watching Dr. Michael Greger videos that a plant based vegan diet can help with things like blood pressure.

My parents are suffering from very high blood pressure, and I'm really worried they are going to suffer from a heart attack if they don't change their heavy meat and dairy based diets.

Has anyone found a way to help their families at least TRY reduce their meat consumption? Even a reduction in Red Meat would be amazing!

Thanks
Try the Banting diet. Cut out as much carbs as possible, Sugar, Bread, Rice, Pasta. Eat as much as you want of vegetables, protein and fatty meat.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:17 PM
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Convincing family to go vegan?
Go via the taste buds, not words.
Cook up a really tasty vegan dinner, home made nut roast, fried onion gravy, roast spuds, the lot. And don't make a fuss about it. Watch them wolf it down. Then tell them it's a vegan dinner and there are a lot more nice recipes like that.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:26 PM
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I've found people don't want to change their diet. They are in love with their high fat, high salt, processed foods. I talk about healthy alternatives and they get that glazed look in their eyes. All autoimmune diseases can be linked bad eating habits and high processed foods. And autism, cancers, and Alzheimer's disease too.

We do eat meat in my household, but healthy alternatives. Grass fed, organic and wild game. But we also eat lots of vegetables.

And big food companies are not our friends. They put all kinds of harmful chemicals in the foods most people eat that causes all kinds of diseases. Even your toothpaste has dangerous chemicals in it. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

I'm wondering when people will wake up and take responsibility for their health. We talk about a spiritual awaking, well when will we have a health awakening?
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