Well, here's my story. I went vegan for religious reasons then decided to stay when the holiday "fast" was over because I actually felt better than before the so-called fast. In my family the precedent for vegetarianism / veganism had been set by my sister, cousin, and nieces. All women. So I was the first guy to join the club. I felt weird at first but then it was all ok. Mostly, people want to know about protein. Some people couldn't believe it. At a wedding one person couldn't believe I didn't even care for the prime rib option because he thought it was sooooo good. However, another person looked at my veggie plate and thought it looked delicious. It was
Recently, I was at another family function and someone said, "you don't know all the good food you're missing." Um...yeah. I haven't tasted meat in a year and a half therefore I've forgotten. The rest of the people at the table were just curious and asked questions which I answered without being preachy.
I have friends who are vegan and have been heartily welcomed into the club. One friend said, "you've finally seen the light!" Yup. We exchange recipes!
At work it's sometimes more practical to order delivery so we can keep our break short and get things done. Some co-workers and clients remark, "you always eat so healthy" or "that looks healthy". Well I do and it is. I just smile inside.
I'll end this now by simply saying you've joined the club. When I meet other vegans & vegetarians there's always a feeling of excitement and unity! Welcome to the club!