So for all you new vegans out there, this can be the most daunting thing there is. You’re going to a party, you know there is no other vegans going to be there, you know there is more than likely going to be no vegan options, the hosts may or may not know you’re vegan etc. Well lucky for you, I’m here to calm you down and show you that there is no need to panic, it’s way easier than you think.
What if they don’t know I’m vegan?
That does not matter in the slightest. As long as you are prepared, you will have a good time regardless. As an Irish gal, I know that any family event of mine, there will be gallons of tea consumed (I have an addiction, I’ve accepted it, it’s all good) So when I go to any family members house, I’ll bring my own almond milk. They all know I’m vegan, but even so I don’t expect them to cater just for me, so I bring it along, that way I’m always safe. My family are lovely, and always apologize if they didn’t prepare for me, but are glad that I came prepared and don’t have to miss out on anything just because of my diet.
What if there is no vegan options?
Simple. Bring your own, and bring plenty. It’s always nice to bring a dish or some desserts or something to a party. No host is ever going to be disappointed to see an extra dish arriving at their party. They’re more than likely worrying if they have enough food anyway. Being a host of a party can be sometimes stressful, so any help the host can get, they’re going to be chuffed. So just bring a vegan friendly dish with you, and bring enough to go round. Who knows, you might just be able to prove to those skeptical people than vegan food is actually delicious (Shocking I know!)
I was at a family party recently, so I brought a pasta dish that I knew I could enjoy, and at least 5 people in my family came to me and told me how delicious it was. My uncle even thanked me because my younger cousin is vegetarian, and she had a nice option available because his main dishes all contained meat. I also brought some baked good, scones and muffins, and didn’t mention they were vegan, and they went down a treat. After people complimented them, I told them they were all vegan and gluten free and they couldn’t believe it. Why not do a little bit for the vegan community while you’re at it.
How do I turn down there food without offending them?
Okay, don’t be fretting over the little things. It is very unlikely that they will be offended. It’s not like you’re telling them their food is disgusting. You’re just choosing not to eat it because of our beliefs. More than likely they’re just going to be worried that you’re going to be okay for food and drinks etc. So your best bet is just to reassure them that you’re more than happy. If they happen to have any side dishes or anything that you can enjoy, compliment them on it. Tell them that you came prepared with your own food, that you have more than enough, and not to worry. Trust me, I’ve been doing this for a while, it’s not as big a deal as you think it is.
What if they question my veganism?
It’s going to happen, especially if it’s a family party. For the most part, it’s purely out of interest. This may be a new thing for them. I know for me, I was the first person in my family to go vegetarian, never mind vegan. So for a lot of my family, they were just uneducated on it. so if they’re interested, it’s always nice to have an open discussion on it. You don’t have to get preachy, just answer the questions they have, talk it out with them, and even tell them about some cool documentaries they can watch if they want to know more.
As for the people who try to convert you, or ask about your protein (I have a past post on this is you want to check it out) just stay calm with them. Getting mad isn’t going to help, just try explain your side, and if they don’t understand, just leave it at that. You can expect jokes to be made and stuff like that, and for the most part it’s best to just laugh it off. But if it’s getting a bit too much, and you start to get offended or feel bad or anything, just ask them to stop, it’s honestly no big deal.
So guys, I hope this eases some of your worries about going to events. Just know it’s not as bad as you think, and that it gets easier over time. I don’t even think about it anymore, it’s just my normal, and soon it will be for you too. So just go and enjoy your part, and leave your worries at home.
Thanks for reading.
Health Obsessed Vegan.