It is really amazing how threatened people become when you choose what you will or will not put into your own body!!! I don't proselytize, I don't criticize people for the way they eat, I simply want to quietly make my own food choices without causing controversy, but in this culture, that is sometimes impossible.[/i]
Becky, how true! My mom keeps saying "don't call yourself vegan!" like it's some kind of crazy cult or something. In all fairness, by the "cultural" rather than "dictionary" definition, I guess I'm not "vegan" (I wear leather shoes, would wear silk if I could afford it, and though I don't care for it, I would have no qualms about eating honey). But there's no other word that describes a diet that includes no animal products, at least not yet.
My mom & husband, for example, claim to be supportive and are in many ways. But when we go out to eat, they make snide comments about my many special requests to ensure the meal is low-fat & free of dairy (and as a former waitress, I take great pains to be very pleasant about it and to tip VERY well!).
Over Christmas, with my family visiting, they brought up my diet over an over. "Oh, we can't possibly cook anything that you can have, you can't have ANYthing."
I think they are just nervous because they assume I'm judging them somehow. Plus, if I eat like this -- and hopefully get healthy doing so -- they either might have to admit that it's not "just bad genes" that have given them diabetes, heart attacks, & strokes.