1. I wanted to add I think offering vegan food to our family can help a lot so they can see that it tastes great! Iโ€™ve done that with my dad and heโ€™s liked it all so far. I keep my hopes up for him because he does have a huge sense of justice and he does feel bad for what happens and is against factory farming yet he still eats
    Products of it… but youโ€™re right, we canโ€™t keep talking about it because it makes it uncomfortable. I still will say things now and again and sometimes my passion gets the better of me and Iโ€™ll blurt things out and then later I feel bad but itโ€™s hard to see family not only hurting themselves by eating animals but more so that the animals suffer as well as the earth. I think being a good example can go a long way way indeed.

  2. Really enjoyed this, great points! Also please add captions to provide access for Deaf and hard of hearing people please? Even automatic captions are better than nothing. Thank you

  3. Living by example, hit sub when you've said that.๐Ÿ’– Everything you've said is true, especially amongst some of my friends. My family is good but some friends still think its a phase. Yes, and that's why I make videos as well, to spread the word. Thank you so much for sharing this, and no, we are not alone. We are millions.๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Thank You for the inspiration and compassion and love for the people who struggle to be vegan. I hope their are more videos like this one. You inspire me to do, my small part in my diet.So I can be a little bit more compassionate for animals and the environment whenever I can.

  5. Such a sweet picture of you and your dad!! While I am not vegan, you have helped me to make better choices. I am almost completely dairy free and I try to do multiple vegan meals each week. You are amazing <3

  6. Thank you so much for this video โค๏ธ. I am the only one of my family and most of my friends who is vegan. Although my family is mostly supportive, it really is hard for me to live in a home where the people I love still eat meat and dairy and are not ready to make the connection between what they are eating and the suffering it causes to animals, people and the planet. I try to stay patient and to be understanding because, as you mentioned, I wasn't open to this lifestyle for most of my life and I know that people just aren't ready yet. This video really helps ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ž๐ŸŒŽ

  7. When I was young and became a vegetarian lots of my friends were too and it was fantastic. However that was such a long time ago now and I find myself alone (sadly most became meat eaters again) and transitioning to veganism. Having online support/virtual community is great and really helps- so thankyou for this channel๐Ÿ˜˜

  8. people just do not want to know.. i mean they "know" they just don't want to see it. Those who eat animal know where it comes from they can only change on their own. I am in house full of them I am the only one who is vegan and its very hard not as much in the beginning but I dont let get to me when they have all the junk filling up the fridge and cabinets and the fact I still have to cook it for my husband.:( that is not so easy most times.I became complete vegan after a few factors…3 heart attacks in one year, the insistence of my newly vegan daughter(unfortunately lives all the way across country so its hard to share)and the documentary "Earthlings" which I was never able to sit all the way through…I tried to get my husband and two sons to watch for them to understand but………closed minded they know its happening and think its sad but still not willing to change because "food" is too important to them…I really dont know how else to state it….they poke fun at me from time to time when I wont eat or try things but I dont worry about it. Still all in all I guess I do feel alone in it all. My daughter and I text about daily but not the same as living with people who do not support your choices…

  9. Our plant based journey began in the 70's. In all the years we as a family have been plant based we have NEVER had any issues with non plant based family or friends.

    It may be because our son was born diabetic or because we have family/friends with egg, dairy allergies, or because of religion don't eat meat. Thus respect is a must for all of us.

    Unlike vegans I see on YouTube we are so involved in community causes like getting fresh fruits and vegetables to poor areas, homeless issues, human rights issues, environmental concerns, working at the food bank that I think people see we are not one dimensional people only concerned about us.

    If more vegans on YouTube would show how they are helping in their own communities on issues that have NOTHING to do with them, veganism would gain even more converts.

  10. I went vegan overnight after I learn everything in 2017 in one day. I supposedly did it for my health but TBH I mostly did it for the animals. I can't believe humans (and used to be) are like "bad bacteria/viruses" that will hurt innocent animals and our beautiful home EARTH the most. Even if it hurts our own health. We should be the "good bacteria" (probiotics) for the sake of our future and the animals. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I'm good now and people that still eat/use animals are bad. I'm just saying an example of how I see the world now. We even used to do that to some other humans back in history and sadly it's still going on few times according to news/internet. I believe no one is perfect (including me) but sometimes I feel ashamed to be part of humanity. Also, FYI being vegan doesn't make me depressed, I used to be before and even had suicidal thoughts for years, all because of a girl that hurt my heart, lol. I still have other personal problems but what keeps me going now is that I can now make a difference for the animals, my health, and our beautiful home EARTH. Be vegan, its the least you can do for the sake of everything and everyone (including animals). We are not in the stones ages anymore, even they were some vegans/vegetarians back in history.

    Luckily my family has been open to this so they also trying to be vegan but sadly once a week/2weeks they eat animal products. Hopefully, soon or later they go completely vegan.

    By the way, I have a question. Some people have said that "why would I change if I feel healthy, my past family never die of a disease/cancer and lived so many years until old age (70-90+).". I always wonder if theirs a better way to answer that. Sadly, some of them don't like any vegan products and some do but they still don't feel like changing. I would say that "just because your past members didn't die of a diseases/cancer doesn't mean you will. You're still at a higher risk than vegans. Also, some bodybuilders that eat animals have died of disease/cancer. It's completely unnecessary to eat animals.". But still, they ignore that. Any better answers to reply to this arguments I should know?

    Anyways, keep up the amazing videos, love them! #vegan4life4peace ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒŽโœŒ๏ธโ˜ฎ๏ธโค๏ธ

  11. Hey Michelle! Awesome video topic today! Loved it! Such an important topic, and you make very good points in the video, your advice is so wise. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Great job! xoxo. (This is Patty, btw). Miss you and chat soon!

  12. I have always battled with the discussion with my family. I try each day to help people to understand. By doing and showing is very effective. Even though i discuss health benefits and suffering of animals, it gets brushed off. It's a brain block that people have on autopilot. By the way, I knew at the age of 10 that i needed to change my life. I felt physically ill all the time. My body just did not process the foods. I also battled with my OBGYN when i became pregnant. They knew little or nothing about being Vegan. I was told by my physician that i needed to eat chicken or meat source every day. I look back and feel ashamed of listening to that from someone that I trusted for my babies health. I learned that i must do what's best for me. That is being Vegan. I have been vegan for most of my life and it has never been a question. The more years that go by the more i learn. I was told by a so called friend that i need to stop being so intense about the environment and animal welfare. She says it will cause me to have stress and health problems! WTF. She's a meat eater. If i did nothing about this cultures awareness of the harm that is done by being a meat eater, that in itself would cause me sooo much more stress than doing nothing. Yes, being a vegan can be a lonely place and the ignorance is overwhelming. I do me. I look younger than i really am. I have more energy than people half my age. I am rarely ill and take no medication, I'm in my 50's by the way. So the statement that you made about going vegan overnight and reverting back is simply not true. It is a lifestyle not a "i think ill try it" thing.

  13. I was two months away from my 57th birthday before I went vegan and none of my family / friends are vegan or vegetarian. I hope to lead by example. โคโคโค I would LOVE to meet other vegans in Miami but have not found this information on meet-up. ๐Ÿ˜

  14. I don't talk directly to my family about veganism, but I do post stuff on FB. And I suppose that is just as pushy as saying something in person. maybe I should stop posting vegan stuff on fb?

  15. I love you're comment about being joyful. It's all about "being the change you want to see in the world". Thanks for your words of wisdom. I see such a parallel between the vegan community and the anti-gun community. I want change to happen quicker and I don't know how to be okay with "now". I've lost my hope, my joy. Is it just me?

  16. In my situation I had to push my VEGAN lifestyle on my mother to save her life. My mom had heart failure 2 years ago and was almost in dialysis because of her kidneys. Her renal (kidney) specialist told my mom in passing to stop eating so much meat. Once I heard her doctor tell her that I knew I could help her. They told her she could NEVER improve her kidney โ€œnumbersโ€ stats but her kidneys are functioning better now then ever and she no longer needs to see the kidney specialist or take any pills for her kidneys. Many people in my family thought I was โ€œCRAZY, WEIRD etcโ€ I heard them all. As far as I was concerned I donโ€™t care what anyone thought of me but I know in my soul that my mother is still alive because she is now VEGAN. Itโ€™s funny how you find out really fast whom in your family truly cares for you when you decide to change your lifestyle. Many in my family are indifferent with me and donโ€™t really bother with me because Iโ€™m VEGAN but I donโ€™t care I still have my mom with me and she is my best friend. My mom has said to everyone that she will never go back that she is VEGAN for life. Sometimes when you stand for what is right you sometimes stand ALONE.

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