These days, more than the question “Where do you get your protein?” when people who are not vegan find out I have a blog, the most common statements are:
“I was vegan but (there are a hundred different reasons.)”
“My friend was vegan but (just as many reasons.)”
“I want to be vegan but (almost as many reasons but mainly because they can’t give up cheese.)”
Yesterday I was presented with, “I tried vegan and found I wasn’t getting enough iron.” Completely out of my normal character I laughed out loud in this persons face. Not a roll on the floor type laugh. It was more of a giggle. I feel horrible about that now, this was just a reason I had never encountered. I then explained that vegetables and beans contain a lot of iron and that I am not a nutritionist but I am pretty sure you have to consume them with a Vitamin C in order for it to absorb properly. The person then proceeded to tell me that they couldn’t eat beans and didn’t care for vegetables. All I had left at this point was, “Well then, I can understand why it could be difficult for you.”
I am really curious as to what some of the reason you have heard attached to, “I was vegan but…?” And even more so, how you have responded or wished you would have responded. Let me make myself clear right now. My intentions by asking this are not to make fun of people or even to put them down. I feel as vegans we are presented with this on a fairly regular basis. I also feel that if people are opening up and telling us this that at least part of them is hoping for a solution and/or a different take on their situation. As a group we can share information and ideas and be better equipped to answer people, without being too intense or laughing at them.