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Convincing meat eaters - 5 tips to get people interested in plant-based nutrition

How to Convince meat eaters, Eat less meat or to eat a completely vegan or vegetarian diet? The vegan diet is the key to solving many Environmental problems of our time - yet many people feel annoyed by vegans and vegetarians. I know this from my own experience. On the one hand, because I myself had to be convinced for a long time - on the other hand, because I always like to try it once in a while with friends. In the past much too pushy and annoying - and today a bit more level-headed and therefore more successful.

In this article, I would like to show you how you too can convince meat eaters and inspire them to eat a plant-based diet. Let's go!

Notice: The point of this article is not to make the whole world vegetarians and vegaterians. So that we can solve problems like the global warming can solve, it is much more important that people are fundamentally open to learning about the benefits of plant-based diets.

Meat eaters convince with these 5 suggestions


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It is important to understand, why we humans are fundamentally reluctant to change. Since we are true creatures of habit, talk and action often don't really go together. We appreciate nature, but continue to fly on vacation. We love animals but are totally into meat. In addition, for a real and change often lacks the 100 percent WillpowerYes, climate change is good, but I'm in the mood for a steak. - We simply think more in the short term than in the long term. Moreover we gladly hand over responsibility to otherswhich are emitting much more CO2 into the atmosphere than you are with your meat consumption. Popular examples are the coal industry and China.

It is simply important to Psychology of persuasion to understand and not get too stuck in trying to get someone to eat a plant-based diet come hell or high water. That's how few have changed. Instead, here are some tips on how you can better convince meat eaters.

1. watch documentaries about factory farming

I can say from my own experience that documentaries about Factory farming are more than convincing. DominionCowspiracy or Earthlings, for example. Most of us sit comfortably on the sofa in the evening anyway and watch a movie. I don't impose anything on friends, but say in a friendly way: "if you've seen this documentary, you'll think a little differently about eating meat, I'm sure" - and thus open a little challenge.

I have written you a separate post about convincing vegan documentaries from which you can choose the one that suits you best.

Tip: The day after, ask what the person thinks of the documentary and its content. This encourages you to look at what you have seen, including the cruelty to animals, once again in front of your eyes.

2. stimulate reflection through questions

I used to shovel meat into myself like a madman. Beef, pork loin and chicken wings. I no longer saw the animal behind it out of habit. But with a few specific questions, I too was prompted to think about it.

Here are a few examples of such questions:

  • Why do you actually eat meat?
  • Would you say that Animals feel pain?
  • What is more important to you, your personal taste or the lives of animals?
  • How is a dog different from a pig?
  • Did you know that more and more competitive athletes eat vegan?

If you want to convince meat eaters, however, you should always be aware of who you have standing or sitting in front of you. Because every person ticks differently - not everyone is inspired to think by the same question. Who regards the conversion to the Vegetarier or Veganer as Hauruck action, has perhaps fear of too fast change. It's often enough to explain that the whole thing is simply a step-by-step process.

Can you think of any other (open) questions that make meat eaters think? Then just write me a comment.

3. issue meat free dish

Many people imagine a purely plant-based diet as if they were sitting in front of a mountain of lettuce - or imagine only nibbling on carrots in the future. To convince meat eaters of the incredible variety of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, you should simply invite them to dinner - at home or in a restaurant. You pay - then it is easier for everyone to do without meat.

Tip: A meal at Hans in Luck or Peter Pane is very suitable for this. Since it is a classic "burger place", but offers really delicious vegan and vegetarian burgers!

4. eye level instead of fact fireworks

Meat consumption provides the Deforestation! Cows fart and belch methane - that is 25x more harmful to the climate than CO2! 61.8 percent of the arable land in Germany is used to grow livestock feed! Fisheries pull 90 million tons of fish from the sea every year for our meals! Bam bam bam! Such a firework of facts is very impressive - but unfortunately it is also incredibly unsympathetic. Smart alecks don't go down well with anyone. As much as they may be right - no one wants to hear that because he/she then feels completely overrun.

Rather, create a conversation at eye level and for this, gladly fall back on the questions that I have already mentioned to you in point two.

Notice: By the way, you can find facts and figures about environmental issues in the Statistics Blog - even if you only need them peripherally for conviction.

5. give meat eaters time

Change happens slowly and not overnight. This applies both to personal attitudes, but also to the behavior of our society as a whole. It's great that you yourself are so passionate about and committed to vegan or vegetarian eating. But you shouldn't force it on anyone, but allow everyone some time to embrace the Relationship between nutrition and the environment to make people aware of this.

You won't convince people who have eaten meat all their lives with the kamikaze method. Rather, give a hint every now and then when it fits. And ask the questions from point two again to encourage people to think about their own meat consumption.

Can you think of any other tips that can win over any meat eater? Then always bring it in the comments under this post!

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Turn meat eaters into vegetarians and vegans

It's no use throwing a bucket of facts over someone's head! Rather, arouse emotions through documentation or stimulate thought through open or further questions. Convince your counterpart by an invitation to a meat-free meal of it to do without meat more often and renounce for it an annoying fact firework. I hope that I could give you some tips to convince more people to eat a plant-based diet.

Here you can find some more articles, which you can also recommend:

Do you have any other tips to convince meat eaters to eat a plant-based diet? Then just write them to me in the comments.

Stay healthy and animal friendly,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS.: Look times in the Nutrition blog drop by! There you will also learn suitable Meat substitutes that avoid animal suffering and still taste really delicious. Enjoy your meal!

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Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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