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My sister and I made the decision to go vegetarian when I was just 11… 
28th-Nov-2014 09:44 pm
My sister and I made the decision to go vegetarian when I was just 11 and she was 12 (I don't even want to think about how long ago that is at this point, thank you very much), and then I made the move towards veganism at the age of 15, but she was not willing to make that step, unfortunately. Time has passed, and she is now the mother to my more-or-less wonderful nephew. He has been raised in her vegetarian ways, but now that he is going through adolescence, he has started hinting that he is thinking about going omnivore. I have, in an attempt to disuade him from this awful decision, started taking him to the gym and showing him just how awesomely powerful one can be on the vegan diet (not bragging, but I have been known to lift some serious amounts, LOL). He doesn't seem to be catching on to this helpful influence. What can I do to stop him from making this awful move?!?!?????
29th-Nov-2014 03:08 am (UTC) - What are his priorities?
Is he into girls? Is it that he doesn't want to be considered a "nerdy vegan"? If he knew that vegans have more sexual potency than omnivores, he might reconsider going omni.

Woody Harrelson's "foot-in-the-door" moment was his pockmarked face; he quit dairy because he needed his skin to clear up. I quit dairy [before meat, in fact] in 2001 because I live in NYC and just a mile and a half from the World Trade Center site. I heard a radio program the weekend following the blast, and the NotMilk man—Robert Cohen—was telling us that the way to produce less mucus and breathe more clearly was to cut out the dairy products. I decided to give it a try, and never went back; along the way I got rid of other animal products.

Of course, along the way I've seen far more and better reasons to clean up my act; of course, when you're a teenager you're going to live forever and—BACON. There are far more meat alternatives, though, than ever before—not to mention CHEESE—and far more people going vegan nowadays.

If he's really determined to go omni, there's probably no way to stop him—any more than if he decided he was going to take up smoking. Demonstrating your [vegan] muscles is a great idea, and keep us posted.

Edited at 2014-11-29 03:10 am (UTC)
30th-Nov-2014 02:14 am (UTC) - Re: What are his priorities?
Actually, he is not into girls. He came out of the closet a few years back, something that I'm very happy he felt comfortable enough to do. Do you happen to know of any homosexual male role models, etc. that I can recommend for him? (Random question, I know.)

I'll be sure to post here periodically about my working out, ha ha.
30th-Nov-2014 03:01 pm (UTC) - Re: What are his priorities?
Oh, that's even better; he knows what it's like to be an outsider and a nonconformist.

I'm finding there's a burgeoning vegan community on Instagram. Gay In Ohio called themselves "Gay Ohio Vegans" just a few weeks ago, so I'm guessing they're still vegan. (It's easier to find gay users and vegan users on Instagram than to have it overlap, naturally.)

Edited at 2014-11-30 03:04 pm (UTC)
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