Saturday Evening Post: going vegan

20131012 buttery mashed potatoesThe past few days I’ve been looking for more vegan blogs to follow. They inspire me, and I also want to support vegan bloggers by sharing their good recipes on my facebook page. I came across one blog that made me very happy, it’s called 2 Broke Vegans. No, thinking of poor college students does not make me happy. But seeing young people trying to figure out how to be vegan in a place where nobody understands veganism (Greece, in this case), that brought back memories. It also made me feel old, thinking about going through the same things myself a whole 15 years ago. It made me think of funny stories….

The why & how story is a little too long and complicated, maybe I can break it down into parts one day. But last night reading This Post I remembered going to Tete’s house for Sunday dinner, and watching her make a giant pot of mashed potatoes. She added milk and sour cream to make them extra creamy, and so much butter the potatoes actually turned yellow. When it was time to sit down and eat, I had nothing but a big pile of salata on my plate.

“Aren’t you going to have any mashed potatoes?” Tete asked. “I made them just for you.”
“But…they have dairy in them.” She looked confused and hurt. She had no idea what vegan meant.
My aunt told me, “It’s not going to kill you, just eat it.”
I reluctantly put a small spoonful on plate. I poked at it with my fork. My dad took pity on me, and ate the super buttery potatoes off my plate when no one was looking.

The funny part is, my aunt now eats I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter, and skim milk, and low fat or fat free sour cream. If she were faced with a giant pot of butter yellow potatoes with full fat everything, she would not eat them. So, just give it time…I doubt everyone around you will eventually turn vegan – I’m still the only full time vegan in my family. But at the very least, after a while they might be more understanding, and maybe make fun of you a little less.

0 thoughts on “Saturday Evening Post: going vegan

  1. Thanks for the shout out! Going vegan is a struggle by itself, especially when trying to explain it to the loved ones around you. I have been a vegan on and off since 2007 (and full time with plans to be one forever since 2011) and my girlfriend has been one for almost a year now. This story is relative to us in so many ways! 15 years? Congratulations! My sister has been for about that long now too. I’m thankful for her inspiration over the years too as well as yours now.

    • You’re welcome! I guess that was your girlfriend’s story then, it just sounded so familiar to me!! I guess most vegans go through it, I’m glad you had a sister to support you. My mom did end up going mostly vegan, and now my brother has cut way down on meat and dairy. And, being Orthodox, my sister and brother-in-law are just about vegan about 50% of the time. It helps, not feeling alone 🙂

      • Yes, that was her story! I am very proud of how strong she was. She converted to being a vegan with no support around her besides me over the internet. It was very tough on her and now she is coming up with great recipes! My sister is definitely amazing, she became a vegan before we had internet to research things fully (like you). My story is one that is quite different, maybe I will tell it in a blog one day. Not feeling alone is very important, like you said!

        • I think it definitely forces you to become a better cook when you either don’t have access to all the vegan specialty foods, or just can’t afford them. You have to be creative. I’m on a spending freeze right now (mostly, anyway) and it’s way more fun than I thought it would be.

          We should definitely post our “coming out” stories one day 🙂

  2. Loved this post. My step father still sometimes asks me if I want a ‘small piece’ of souvlaki with my dinner. My mom just shakes her head, and we laugh. Greeks! Haha.

  3. athanasia from 2brokevegans here, and i am so happy to meet someone who had the same experience! Your experience sounds exactly like ours, we visited a friend once and she offered us a sweet that had cacao and possibly butter, and i was trying desperately to find a polite way out of it 😛 i found the trick, i am saying i am on a special diet and people instantly understand!!
    i will make a graffiti in our town too saying go vegan 🙂 thanks for sharing your story !! It was very moving 🙂

    • Haha, just don’t get caught!!! 🙂
      The special diet thing is very good, I have a story about that, too. I have lots of stories…maybe I’ll have to start posting them more often.

      I’m so glad I found your blog!

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