hi guys. I have proble with being vegan around other people. I know that it's bad that i should be yourself. I can't. It's awful. I go to school. We'll have christmas in our class. There will be dumplings and other non vegan food. We'll also go to trip and i'm afraid that i won't eat anything and everyone will say it's stupid and what i'm doing. I want to go out with friends and go to party but at the same time i want be vegan and make earth better place. what should i do? I also feel confused
If your class has a Christmas party, bring something vegan: either something you make yourself or even a fruit platter/tray. At my job, we had a potato bar and I was able to eat something there. Also, do you know where you will be going on this trip? Most likely wherever you're going, you can buy fruit and veggies at a store, even steamed rice and potatoes at restaurants. Plenty of vegan eats while eating out :) just make sure to ask questions about certain dishes and if need be, ask if you can substitute out items or just leave it off.
On the matter of other school mates saying its stupid, ignore them. Why would it be stupid that you want to make the earth and yourself better? Its stupid to continue destroying the inhabitants of this planet and yourself with unhealthy foods. Just keep smiling whatever happens and don't feel pressured to give in to eating non vegan food. You're doing this for you, the planet and the animals after all! As well as other people who you can teach and help open their eyes, the ones who are willing to listen :)
thank you sweetie. I know that i'm making this problem. I'm going to London and there chef will prepare food. It is hard for me but i hope that i 'll get better :)
You're very welcome :) Do you know which restaurant you're going to? Maybe you can call ahead or even tell your teacher that you are vegan and have your teacher call and ask that they make you something vegan beforehand. They have to do that for people who may have allergies to certain foods like lactose intolerance, tree nut allergies, etc . Maybe even get a doctor's note saying you have to eat vegan for health reasons?
You're welcome too. I don't want to do a problem. Idon't know where we will go but i'll see how it looks there
I know you don't want to cause any problems for others, but you're taking care of your needs. Never hurts to ask :) if you don't say what you need, people won't know and you'll be down about it if you end up not being able to eat with everyone and be stuck eating non-vegan foods. I don't like causing problems for others as well, so I buy my own food and if I go to a restaurant, I get food that most likely doesn't have animal products in it like steamed rice, chips, burritos (just say no cheese or meat), fruit salads, green salads (just no cheese or meat on top, dressing on the side), pasta (with marinara, no meat/cheese sauce). Restaurants WANT customers and want to make them happy. If someone isn't happy with a meal, they will do what they can to rectify the situation so they don't lose a customer. Also, if whatever restaurant you do go to and there isn't any vegan foods (not even salad), bring your own vegan lunch (plan ahead) and let your teacher know you're on a special diet described by your doctor.
Thank you again :) I feel more confident about my personality and be yourself
food allergies are so common now days, it's easy to just say you have food allergies to explain why you are not eating or why you have your own food. or you can say my doctor (i.e. a learned or authoritative teacher) has me on a special diet, no animal products. you don't have to mention your are following Dr. Freelee's advice. ;)
Thank you! ♥
You're very welcome :)
Try to relax whenever you feel tension is building up. You are there to have fun. Make enjoying yourself and sharing a nice evening with your friends your priority!
When someone starts to talk about veganism (don't start the topic yourself; if you are unsure wheter something is vegan just ask whether it contains egg/ dairy/ ...). Be honest. If they ask questions try to focus on the question and answer it honestly (without any accusations towards others).