How to Avoid Answering the Question, “So why are you vegan?”
This is probably one of the hardest questions to answer regarding the vegan diet.
Although it seems like you should have a simple and well rehearsed answer, the reason for going vegan can be very broad, a little complicated, and definitely a touchy subject.
Along with that, there’s often added social pressure that makes answering this question uncomfortable. It’s almost as if someone asked you, “so why are you so weird?” Sometimes it feels like it’s a set up for a lecture or maybe just a chance for someone to quietly judge you.
People don’t realize it, but asking someone why they’re vegan can be as uncomfortable as asking someone why they’re a certain religion. It’s not that vegans are necessarily uncomfortable with the subject, but the same way no one wants to talk about why they believe in Jesus at work or at a party, no one wants to talk about fatal diseases or animal slaughter either. And since basically no one thinks that cancer or factory farms are good, answering the question “why are you vegan?” implies that the other person is doing the wrong thing. Which is even more uncomfortable.
So here are some tips to get out of answering that dreaded question:
Why are you vegan?
- It makes me happy.
-People generally will accept happiness in whatever form. Even if it wouldn’t make them happy, they can’t help what makes you happy.
- It’s for my health.
-Probably the most universally accepted reason you can give a non-vegan. This answer is a watered down version of a long uncomfortable explanation of preventative health. Health is another one of those things that people can accept because like happiness, everyone wants to be healthy. (at least to some extent)
- It’s good for the environment.
-Everyone has to live on earth, so we have no choice but to accept the environment as a reason for being vegan. It’s another universal subject everyone can agree on. Any time you give a reason people can relate to, it’s easier to get off the subject. Although be careful, you could accidentally fall in to the category of, “Crazy GreenPeace Sidewalk Assailant”
- All 3.
-If someone keeps prying, just answer all 3 in a row, the short non-detailed answers will eventually quiet them down.
- I dunno, it’s a long story.
-If all else fails, this usually works. Most people don’t really care about your answer. Especially because a lot of times they’re not asking because they’re actually interested in the vegan diet. If you tell them it’s a long story, they probably don’t want to hear it.
Now if someone is genuinely interested and is thinking of going vegan, by all means talk to them about it. Remember back to when you first went vegan and how nice it would have been to have some advice from a veteran.
Then send them a link to www.cheapvegan.net ;)