Vegan Holiday Survival Tips
As the holidays approach, many vegans, especially those new to the lifestyle, tremble at the thought of visiting their omnivorous relatives and friends. “What do you mean you don’t eat meat? What do you eat? How do you get enough protein?” are just some of the inevitable questions we confront at holiday parties.
To answer the protein question, please see our recent blog The Protein Myth. Please read on for 3 survival strategies for vegans during the holiday season.
Vegan Holiday Tips
1. Avoid proselytizing. Holiday parties are usually not the place to break out your photos of factory farms. If others are curious about your new lifestyle, answer questions to the best of your ability. Remember, even if you are outnumbered (you may find yourself the only vegan in the room), there are millions of other healthy and happy people who embrace a vegan diet.
2. Be prepared. When invited to parties where you think the vegan food will be in short supply, you can politely let the host or hostess know of your vegan lifestyle and ask if there will be anything you can eat. If appropriate, offer to bring a dish to share. This has the added benefit of introducing others to delicious plant based cuisine. Desserts are an especially effective way to introduce folks to the pleasures of the vegan table. When in doubt, you can always eat your fill before you go to the party, pack a couple of energy bars or trail mix, and content yourself on a salad or whatever other vegan foods happen to be available.
3. Smile like you mean it. Demonstrate through your demeanor that your choice in lifestyle is working for you. Being positive and compassionate – Its contagious!