If you feel like a fish out of water when attending all the festivities where the turkey is the main meal attraction, and so many of your loved ones aren't veg, you don’t have to let it ruin your fun. There are many people who have food restrictions, so don’t feel like you’re alone.
Here’s how you can stress less over the holiday and still have a good time.
- Bring Your Own Food
Before attending meals or parties, ask the host if there will be any vegan foods. Or, if that feels a little too forward, especially if the host is not a good friend, you could bring some dishes yourself. This is a great way to ensure that you will have something to eat in case there aren't many options available to you. Plus, vegan dishes are so delicious that chances are other guests will also love to try them.
- Avoid Conflicts
There's nothing worse than feeling like the target for someone’s inconsiderate attitude towards veganism at the Christmas table, but just think how it's not a suitable setting for an argument. Besides, what will it help to argue about something that is YOUR choice? A quick sentence in response, something along the lines of how veganism has been beneficial to your health, can be said, but then try to change the subject if you can.
- Pretend the Guilt isn't Vegan
Along with not eating any non-vegan products, vegans should not feel forced to eat any of the guilt! If someone remarks that you haven’t eaten any of the delicious cheesecake that is the host's best dish, smile and tell them that you unfortunately can't eat it but you are sure it is divine.
- Don’t Go Hungry
Just to be on the safe side, it might help you to eat a bit before you head to the Christmas lunch, especially if you are unsure of what exactly is going to be served. This prevents you from feeling hungry during the event.
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