With Thanksgiving/family holidays coming up, i’ve been getting a lot more comments lately about how “inconvenient” veganism is. They could never do it because they don’t want to be a burden, or they’d want to go out to eat with friends. I have a couple of things to say to this…
1. Friends should accommodate you
This really isn’t as big a deal as it sounds. I know people don’t want to be a “burden” but it really shouldn’t be a problem. When you and you’re friends are making plans to go out to eat all vegan people are asking for is one decent entree. Sometimes, for example at pluckers, they’ll have a vegetarian option. Which is great, but when you make a vegetarian meal vegan sometimes (definitely not always) it becomes just blah. Pluckers has a vegetarian sandwich and the focal point of it, is cheese. So when you take the cheese and sauce off, you end up with bread, tomato, and avocado. Look most vegans have ended up ordering that at some point, but my point is they really shouldn’t have to. When making plans always take dietary restrictions into consideration if you plan on inviting that person.
1. There’s always an option
You can always find something to eat as a vegan eating out. Admittedly, that something
may not be appealing to you at the moment, but you always will have options. French fries sometimes become a vegans best friend. Especially in rural areas where there aren’t many vegans so there are little to no vegan options. I was talking to a friend the other day, @Cotezi, a vegan who in 2016 thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail.
For those of you who don’t know it’s a trail that runs all the way from Mexico to Canada. She was able to complete the trail staying 100% vegan. All of her hiker friends when they’d come along a town would stop in for some food and she said almost every time she’d just end up ordering french fries. She didn’t mind though who doesn’t like french fries?!
Offer to cook
I understand many times especially during the holidays people want the classics. Sweet potato/pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, stuffing, dressing etc. Good news! There are ways to make it cruelty free! Look up recipes and either substitute vegan options yourself or look up vegan recipes. My favorite dessert I made last year was a vegan gluten free peach cobbler with almond milk vanilla ice cream. It was amazing! Who knows? You cooking vegan amazing food, could encourage civil discourse and at least get people thinking about veganism! Then you’d also have some really amazing meal options too while your family is eating some non vegan stuff. You don’t want to have to sit at the table and not eat a thing, and you also don’t want to compromise your integrity and eat non vegan food. Perfect compromise is to bring some shareable dishes for people to try and you to eat.