Good morning! First things first: Today in my I Eat Plants column on LoHud.com I share my experience making vegan butter and explain why some vegans avoid products with palm oil. I will be anxious to see the response (please consider leaving a comment!)
Day one of the Main Street Vegan Academy was fantastic! We learned about health coaching, animal rights, how to work with the media and to do presentations, and how to be persuasive vegan activists. I’m loving Victoria Moran so much and the academy instructors are phenomenal. I have promised to share one thing I’ve learned each day – because the long days simply do not allow for long blog posts this week – and here’s a gem I really love. Our last speaker of the day was Nora Kramer of Mercy for Animals and Youth Empowerment Action Camp.
“Be prepared to answer frequently asked questions and to debunk myths about veg’ism and appreciate every opportunity to do so. Instead of resenting being asked the same “stupid” questions, appreciate these great opportunities to raise awareness.”
You know what she means, right? We vegans like to roll our eyes and often get annoyed by these types of questions or comments:
- but where do you get your protein?
- I couldn’t live without cheese
- humans are designed to eat meat, look at our teeth
As a vegan lifestyle coach I need to reframe and be thankful for these comments and questions because then I get to debunk the myths and misinformation!
Victoria and Adair selected two academy students to interview for the premiere episode.
The grilled seitan burger with coleslaw and fries. Aw, Candle, you never disappoint!
Back to the advice from Nora on being persuasive vegans – what are your thoughts on reframing the response to “annoying questions”?
See you tomorrow with a brief report on day two of the academy!