The number of American’s participating in a Vegan diet has risen to new heights in the year 2017. In response to this, below is a list of tips to hopefully make that trip home to visit our non-Vegan family easier to handle. The following were adapted from Romesh Ranganathan’s Christmas survival guide for vegans:
- Accept you will be asked a lot of questions
- Veganism is an unusual thing. Regardless of how many celebrities take it up, the fact is, you have chosen an extreme standpoint so be prepared to explain yourself.
- Accept that you are a difficult guest
- The dietary limitations should speak for themselves as to why Vegans are difficult to cook for.
- Don’t let anyone touch your food
- With fewer options comes less food available, protect your food at all costs.
- Pretend your food is disgusting
- This goes for those who bring a Vegan dish to the meal. You love your creation and want to ensure it isn’t wasted by those just going for a taste.
- Avoid vegan cheese
- Basically, cheese cannot be replicated for Vegans while keeping the same taste we grew up on. Save yourself the disappointment.
- Take your own dessert
- This goes without saying, we all love dessert, so make sure you have something tasty there when the time comes.
- Be ready for some terrible jokes
- Brace yourself, the lack-of-protein jokes are coming.
- Do not preach
- We make the decision to practice Veganism based on many factors. Most people know why we make this choice, so lecturing them during this time of celebration and time with family often does not get far.
I hope these help some of you Vegans out there this holiday season. Let me know if you have any other tips that could complement these listed please share in the comments!