Being vegan is not always easy. Committing to a vegan diet requires a lot of control and awareness.
You may start a vegan diet for weight loss, environmental reasons, or animals’ care. Whatever the reason, it is always challenging to explain to someone until they understand.
Because it was going against conventional eating culture and considered extreme, especially when it comes to gathering with family on holiday and you are the only vegan in the family.
The first and main thing of all is the food. People will stare weirdly, seeing you only eating salad or potato, or even worse, asking the ingredients of all food before taking it.
It may sound rude and offensive to some cultures. But don’t get discouraged. You can and will have fun on holiday this year with these tips!
Make your own food and bring it home.
It cannot be very easy to choose food to eat during the holiday. The typical holiday food is really far from vegan restrictions. To avoid being confused and awkward, you should make it yourself and bring it to dinner.
Make your favourite dinner dish. If you don’t know what to make, check out the holiday recipe or party recipe section for ideas. They are delicious! If you are part of that family who values turkey so much during the holiday, you can make yourself a delicious faux turkey meal.
It tastes delicious too. Even though food is one of the holiday destinations, remember that the time off and family togetherness is the most important things to celebrate on holiday.
Be honest and open
Expect and prepare for questions and interrogations. This happens mostly if you start a vegan diet and/or you’re the only vegan in the house.
When that happens, be honest and open with them. Answer accordingly, in a friendly manner, and try not to be defensive.
When a family member starts a debate (typically uncomfortable debates happen on holiday), it’s up to you if you want to do that. Don’t feel like you have to join the debate.
If you do not want to be involved in a debate or just fed up with all the questions, just nicely say that they don’t have to understand everything you do, but respect your choice. The last escort would be to go to the bathroom and when you go back, sit in a different place.
Educate when asked
When a family member is genuinely interested in your vegan lifestyle, it is time for you to educate them as much as you can. They may not know the benefits of a vegan diet to the body and environment.
Maybe they already thought of doing it but don’t know where to start. You could share the tips and tricks to get them started. It is important to stay humble.
So if your family member asks something that you don’t know the answer to, be honest and say that you don’t know yet and need to research further.
At the end of the day, you do you. Remember, you can do whatever you want, and you don’t owe people an explanation or anything. A vegan diet may be challenging during the holiday, but it is your choice to have fun or have a dull and awkward one.