Thursday, November 12, 2015

How to Survive the Holidays (Vegan Edition)

           So you want to learn how to survive during the holidays as a vegan? Well, you may have come to the right place.
            It’s difficult enough being vegan in a world where factory farming and slit animal throats have become so normalized, but it’s even more difficult when you have to be surrounded by a bunch of people who are oblivious to the realities of factory farming. I don’t think that you can get a bigger group of nonvegans together, other than when a vegan posts something vegan on social media, and you see all of the carnivores come and throw in their two cents, than during the holidays.
           So shouldn’t we have books and video tutorials on this subject by now? How do we vegans survive Thanksgiving, family get-togethers, and Christmas parties surrounded by people with different views? (p.s. We do have books and tutorials on this, they’re called vegan cookbooks and YouTube!) There are so many great videos and recipes out there already, but I want to share a few of my own tips. Hopefully you can find some kind of vegan value in them. (And if you do, then yes, you have come to the right place!)


Tip #1: Teach People
           Though sometimes it may not seem like it, people are more willing to learn than you might think. If someone asks about your veganism, share what you know! That brings us to the next tip.

Tip #2: Share your Knowledge & Feelings
           We’re bound to get the oh so famous questions, “Why are you vegan?” and “What do you eat?” Probably with the latter question being asked more so than the other. So with that, share your knowledge! Tell them why, and if they’re mature enough about it, they’ll respect you for your choice in it. If not, you’re more than likely going to get a sarcastic comment or joke, and if you do, share your feelings about being vegan. People can be more receptive to how you feel, than to the facts and reasons behind veganism and why it’s better for one’s health and the world. So don’t debate, and offer up your feelings instead!

Tip #3: Offer to Help or Host
           Thanksgiving dinner almost always surrounds a turkey carcass and nonvegan dishes, so why not offer to bring a vegan dish or two! That way you have something to eat, and it’s also less for the host to cook. Or take it a step further, and host at your house for the holidays. That way you know what you can eat, and you’re sure to get some happy faces for doing all of the work!

Tip #4: Be Prepared
           If you host for the holidays, be prepared! Do what you can, and if you have to, plan ahead of time if you need to so that you have everything you need and you’re not running around day of. On the other hand, if you’re going to someone else’s house these holidays, be prepared for the questions, and know that everyone is usually curious about the vegan lifestyle and diet. Lastly, a good tip is to bring over dishes you know that you can eat. If you know there might not be vegan options, ask the host, or prepare meals in advance and you can warm them up when you get there.

Tip #5: Be Positive, Stay Positive
           Not every vegan has a bad experience during the holidays, but if you happen to run into a situation, just stay positive! Know that not everyone is open to veganism yet, so keep a good attitude because everyone has different beliefs and morals, and that’s okay! Agree to disagree if you have to, and eventually with time, hopefully sooner rather than later, the world will be more knowledgeable about how damaging a nonvegan lifestyle can be. 

Tip #6: Last Resort
           And if all else fails, put on some Christmas music, grab some vegan pumpkin pie, and turn on abc family’s 25 days of Christmas!

13 comments:

  1. So, what is this vegan you so fondly speak of?

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  2. So, what is this vegan you so fondly speak of?

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  3. Great post. I think it's important for people to be able to share lifestyles in a way that is informative and positive. As you said, if people are mature and intelligent about it, they'll ask questions and be receptive rather than instantly shutting down or judging. I think it's important on both sides to not judge the other, as everyone has their own reasons for doing what they do.

    I personally am not a vegan but I am an animal lover and very minimal meat eater. I became vegetarian for quite some time, but unfortunately had to put some meat back into my diet for health/digestive reasons which I will not bore you with. I applaud your passion for your lifestyle and your reasons behind it!

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    1. Yes, I think it's important to let people know about factory farming and I love when people can understand bringing light to this issue. I know a lot of animal lovers that aren't vegan, so I encourage you and also them to look into veganism to see how you can truly help animals. A lot of people eat meat in their diets, but there's a lot of research and data out there showing how it's harmful to our bodies, and there's so many other foods out there that can provide the nutritional value that people look for in meat. Thank you for your comment!

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  4. I will always be impressed how someone can be vegan or vegetarian. I personally could never do it but find your passion for the lifestyle invigorating. I wish I could have the same passion when it comes to food.

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  5. I will always be impressed how someone can be vegan or vegetarian. I personally could never do it but find your passion for the lifestyle invigorating. I wish I could have the same passion when it comes to food.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! For me, it's more about the animals and the environment, and the food aspect comes after, which is very beneficial to the body :)

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  6. Hali, I am not vegan, but I do try and incorporate it into my diet! These are great tips for the holiday when so many people are focused on turkey and ham!

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    1. Thank you! I think even if people do it a little bit, it still is helping the environment, animals. etc. Thank you for your comment :)

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  7. It is clear to see that you have an opposition to factory farming, but with deer hunting season just passing by in Michigan I have wondered your perspective on meat that has been hunted as opposed to bred for slaughter, if there is any difference in your opinion?

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    1. Hi thank you for your comment! For me personally, as all vegans are vegan for different reasons, being vegan means lessening the animal cruelty and environmental impact on the world. Any kind of animal slaughter is against my beliefs, whether it's factory farming, hunting, pet abuse, taxidermy, dairy farms, I could go on and on. There isn't really a difference in factory farming and hunting because the end result is the same for that animal. Thank you again for your comment, you bring up a great point about different perspectives on animal cruelty.

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