Many people develop a reputation as ‘preachy vegans’ by not engaging with those who eat meat, or telling people how the animals died, while at the dinner table. As you likely know, this has the opposite effect. If you get people’s backs up, you are never going to convince. Convince people instead simply by making them something nice to eat.
The Go-Away Bird is a children’s book that has quite an apt message too for adults. There is no point alienating others, when you may need each other’s help one day. One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or play. But the Go-Away bird just shakes her head, and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along. And she soon realises that she might need some friends, after all…
Most people who are vegan, tend to live with others who are not – whether that’s other family members if you’re a vegan teen, or perhaps you live in a romantic partnership with someone else who does not share your dietary beliefs. Learning how to peacefully co-exist is the best way not only to get on, but also to inspire people to try more plant-based meals.
Read Kitchen Divided by health coach and chef Ellen Jaffe Jones. These meals are all vegan but designed to gradually inspire, without getting preachy. Written specifically for people who live with non-vegans.