Friday, we linked to Jack's great post about protein.
"Where do you get your protein?" is perhaps the most common question vegans get. It is so frequent that it is easy to take it personally and/or reply with exasperation.
Another way to react, however, is to see the question as a constructive opening to demystify and promote compassionate eating to a new person. Most meat-eaters imagining veganism just picture their current diet without meat, eggs, and dairy. Not an appetizing image!
Vegan.com" Marcus put it bluntly:
When I met my first vegetarian, he told me he had not eaten meat for fourteen years. I looked at him as if he had managed to hold his breath that entire time.
Erik is obviously a thoughtful, open-minded person. We need to give others with a similar reaction the benefit of the doubt.
We always try to keep in mind that only meat-eaters are in a position to save more animals -- but we have to make changing their diet seem possible ... and desirable.
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