One of the most challenging aspects of adopting a vegan lifestyle is dealing with the reactions of friends and family. This can be particularly difficult for brand new vegans attempting to navigate the social and interpersonal dynamics of dietary conflict. In this interview, vegan activist Gary Yourofsky shares his approach to both non-vegan friends & family and also people who become combative about the vegan message.
To hear his full answer, be sure to watch the video, but here is a nugget:
“Believe it or not, even though I’ve converted some say hundreds of thousands of people now worldwide because of my videos being passed around on YouTube and Facebook, I’ve had virtually no success with friends and family members. Give me a crowd of strangers, I could rock the house, I could convert people that I’ve never met, inside of 45 minutes. Friends and family members though, they’re the toughest people in the world.”
What are your thoughts on Gary’s approach? If you’re vegan, how do you deal with non-vegan friends and family, particularly when dining together? If you’re non-vegan, what have your interactions with vegans been like around meal times? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
And stay tuned for more installations of Gary’s interview series. I’ll be posting behind-the-scenes footage and questions that don’t make it on the main channel to the VIV Area here: get the password free when you sign up for the Nugget Newsletter! Just use the form at the bottom of this post :)