There is a lot of information out there and you’ll find lots of useful things here, but you will gain so much more by joining the NZ Vegetarian Society. Not only will you receive our introductory pack and our magazine, Vegetarian Living NZ, you will also benefit from the invaluable knowledge and tips that fellow members share. We are here to support you, by providing information, answering your questions and of course having fun together.
Talking to other committed vegetarians reaffirms your convictions and at our gatherings you can relax and trust that all food will be safe to eat! You’ll be free to discuss ethical aspects of vegetarianism, health and recipes, concerns you have or problems you’re experiencing. Meeting like-minded people can make all the difference to the ease of your transition and the joy you experience from it.
When you join the NZ Vegetarian Society, you help us to help you and others considering going vegetarian. You strengthen our voice!
It’s a decision you’ve made. We make them all the time and yours happens to be that you don’t eat or wear animals…. but the digs don’t stop. How do you cope?
Get ready for the tired old jokes. There will be people who will attempt to poke fun at your new lifestyle with jokes that could be a lot funnier. Take them with good grace and be proud of what you’re doing for animals, the environment and your own wellbeing.
You may have loved ones who are genuinely concerned for your welfare. The fears are unfounded but genuine all the same. So be gentle with them.
If you’re challenged politely and a conversation would be productive, it’s a great opportunity to educate. At other times, agreeing to disagree is the easiest way to extricate yourself from a confrontation. Providing your own beautifully presented and yummy dish is an excellent way to quell any ongoing comments. You can choose dishes from any cuisine but if you want to stay with the ‘traditional’ theme, there are nut roasts with gravy, vegan wines and beers and wonderful desserts that you can try out.