Okay, so you’ve made the transition to veganism—but you don’t know what to do when you’re eating with friends or family. I’m just gonna jump right in here: Don’t be afraid to tell people that you’re vegan … and why! It can be nerve-wracking to tell your friends and family that you won’t be eating the food they’ve prepared—but it isn’t out of line for you to explain that you’re sticking up for billions of animals that are killed for their legs, wings, and breasts each year, and that your veganism is a matter of life or death for them. It’s important!
If your family or friends give you a hard time about being vegan—just remember that you’re a voice for the voiceless, and that’s what matters. The longer you’re vegan, the more accepting your family will be—that’s the truth. You can also check out how to answer their questions here.
Remember: Your friends and family want you to live, so they’re not going to let you go hungry (at least not for long ;)). Most people are happy to accommodate your veganism—but they don’t know to do so if you don’t speak up!
As we know, every event with friends and family is different, so I’ve created a list of common scenarios that you may come across, and how to deal with them:
• Your friends are having a Super Bowl party. Bring a veggie burger and some snacks for yourself. You could also bring a sandwich, anything … I’ve even brought lasagna for myself to a party!
• Someone you know is getting married. Eat before you go. They’ll probably have something you can eat, but fill your belly up just in case!
• Your grandma wants you to come over for dinner. Explain that you’re vegan, she’ll accommodate you—I promise. If she doesn’t, bring food you can eat with you!
• You’re out with friends and they pick restaurant that’s not veg-friendly. Every restaurant has something you can eat—it may not be as tasty (I’m thinking plain broccoli here), but you can always grab some food for yourself somewhere else afterward.
• You’re going to Thanksgiving dinner. Make a couple vegan dishes and bring them with you. You’ll look awesome for it, believe me. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive, either!
The animals are counting on you. Ain’t no shame in yo’ game!
What do you guys do when you’re out with friends, or at family functions? Comment below so I can check out your tips!