I just got The Kind Diet from the library. I love to cook and I am really inspired by this book to try the diet/ becoming vegan. Problem? The same weekend I was a guest at two different dinners, where, I would probably starve if I couldn't eat meat and cheese. It's not always practical to bring your own food when you are a guest and I also recently lost my job and I find having to supply all of my food all of the time would get costly. What are tips for when you are a guest? I am not interested in preaching to my friends and family about my potential lifestyle choices...I just want to be healthier.
When I go out or am a guest I eat vegan if possible and vegetarean if not. I will not eat lots of dairy but if some foods have a bit cheese or yohurt or so I dont mind. But I dont eatmeat or fish. Most of the times it is possible to simple shift the unwanted dairy out.
I have been vegetarain for lots of years so all my friends and family know this, and eating out it is always possible to get vegetarain meals.
Just how I deal with it for the moment. There might come a time that I am more strict on totally vegan all of the tiem, but now, the few times I eat at friends or out I am giving meself this space. By the way the most of the times it is totally possible to eat vegan though :)
Talk about your health choices... this is perfectly doable without getting preachy ;) I do and I see people start to think about dairy and their foodchoices!
I always bring 2 dishes...one rice and one whatever I like on top (veggies or beans). Family and friends are now looking forward to whatever it is I am bringing.
If they insist that I not bring anything then I will eat before hand...and if there is nothing for me to eat then I will eat nothing...they get the jist pretty quick that it's a good idea that I bring something.
If you are an invited guest, maybe let the host know you are a vegetarian and also allergic to dairy (alot of people have a negative overreaction to the term "vegan" for some reason) and acknowledge this is a big limitation and offer to bring something.
frankly, that is why i started eating chicken again. although now the world we live in seems to have a lot more options than even 1- years ago when i was a veggie. it was like, all i could eat was salad (boring unfulfilling salad) or pasta. people would just always make spaghetti when i came over. i understand its hard, but there are so many things out there. and since i started eating chicken, even that is hard for my in laws. they are swiss and classic american...so basically its alot of cow pig and cheese. i won't even eat that. and a DINNER of cheese and potatoes makes me sick and hungry at the same time!
so, even with that its hard for me to go over there because there's not alot i can eat. for holidays, i always brought my own chicken or turkey or dish, and they would always go first! sometimes i didn't even get any! that really pissed me off!
For me and that situation, I would just have my fiance remind his mom that i don't eat this or that, she got really mad last year when i wouldn't eat her green beans - he was like, you made it with bacon! she forgot i didn't eat meat. lol (its only been 5 years).
anyway, i just kindly remind people what i don't eat, and if its a problem then i eat before or bring my own. you don't have to make a big deal...and don't make your hostess feel like she needs to bend over backward to make you something...just ask her ahead of time and see what she says - she may want to try something new and it won't be a big deal anyway.
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