When offered food that contains animal products, this is my response. I don't put down others for their choices with food, I politely decline.
It seems that more often than not, when others find out that I'm vegan, that I'm immediately put on the defensive and berated with questions and "concerns". I understand that not everyone is knowledgeable in plant based nutrition, but I find myself repeating information a lot.
So, I thought I'd put this out there to help others understand if they're interested.
Ask me anything.
Since this post is receiving more replies, I thought I'd update with answers to the FAQ
1. Where do you get Protein?: quinoa, beans, whole grain, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.
2. Why did you go vegan? : My son refused to eat meat and spit out cow's milk when we first transitioned him to solids. I was worried, with many of the same questions I've been asked here. "Where will he get his protein? Is he getting enough calories? What about Iron?" So I did extensive research into a healthy vegan diet. As time went on, I found myself eating more of his meals when it was just the two of us, and I grew tired of making two dinners. The more I ate of his meals, the better I felt. My husband started to do the same. We had a long discussion one night, and the two of us decided to join our son in veganism. It was not an overnight change as we both had a hard time with dairy. Once we fully transitioned and went through a period of clensing, we felt amazing! Many health issues vanished, our energy was greater, and we were happier overall.
I won't try to convert you, so "anti vegan" pictures aren't necessary, really.
3. Where do you get all of your vitamins?: I haven't been a smart ass in here, but this one begs me to be one. Raw fruits and vegetables have the highest vitamin and mineral content and is absorbed well. You don't lose any by cooking it. The only supplement for us is b12 which we add to our smoothies. vitamin D is naturally absorbed by the sun in the summer, and supplimented in the winter in one way or another.
Blood work looked fantastic, if there were any doubts.