Being the only vegan at a party
I don’t know if it has happened to you before but I sometimes feel like I am the only vegan in the village. Eating a vegan diet does make you the minority, although the number of us are on the increase, so there are things you need to accept.
- people don’t always understand you
- people think you only eat lettuce and carrots
- you may be weird to some people
- some people assume you are judging them OR that they’re making you feel uncomfortable eating meat near you
- some genuinely don’t know how to cater for you
- don’t expect to be catered for at parties and don’t take offence!!
As a result of this you have to be confident in what you’re doing, happy with what you’re doing and always be prepared.
Here are some quick tips to help you feel comfortable in party situations:
- eat before you go: you wont offend anyone at the party because chances are there’s not much substantial you will be able to eat there. Eating before hand ensures you wont be hungry there so you wont get “hangry” and want to leave. You want to be happy and comfortable there so make sure you’re well fed before hand.
- take something with you: super easy tip. Take food with you! Share you’re food with others, it will make you blend in and people will appreciate the gift 🙂
- don’t make comments about there being no vegan food available: in a room full of numerous “normal” eating people, you can’t expect that on top of catering for all them people that they’re going to go that extra mile for you. They have spent a lot of time and effort into preparing the party so don’t mention you’re vegan and there’s nothing to eat, simply say you’re not hungry or “no thank you” to non-vegan offerings.
- find any vegan food you can and take it before it goes: there’s a chance that there will be a cheese board with fresh or dried fruits. Take some and pop them on your plate before they all go. Bread is normally available and if you’re lucky some salads or veggie sticks. More times than none there will be vegan options but get them on your plate at the beginning of the party, just incase they run out by the time you’re hungry.
- don’t worry about it: at the end of the day you’re not there for the food, you’re there for the party. Enjoy the party and be social. Social environments don’t always have to revolve around food and if they do just make sure you’re prepared.
I hope these few, quick tips help you for when you feel like the only vegan in the village 🙂