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A Vegan Survival Guide to The Holidays

by Katherine Lapic

The upcoming holidays prove a difficult time for vegans and vegetarians. Traditionally, a big bird on the table is something to be grateful for, but with the increasing ratio of vegans in the meat-loving world, it could be unappetizing and, potentially much worse, initiate family drama. Here’s a healthy step-list to pursue your healthy lifestyle.

Let the host know ahead of time.

It’s always a good idea to let the host know beforehand about any dietary preferences to avoid the awkward tension inevitable when your uncle gets a little too egotistical as he sees you aren’t eating the beautiful duck he took days to prepare.

Bring your own dishes.

In case the host cannot accommodate your diet in a timely manner, or if you’re simply feeling nice, you can arrive with your own dietary dish.

Never arrive hungry.

Arriving hungry can lead to hanger, the devastating combination of anger and hunger. You never know who you become when you’re hangry, so it’s best to play it safe. Protect yourself from others, don't show up starving.

Maintain your composure.

Stay humble at the dinner table. Everyone is entitled to an opinion no matter the level of morality it holds.

A meat free holiday doesn’t mean tradition is lost. The insignificant importance of an animal centerpiece has shaped the way we look at big holidays, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As the population has changed, the animal centerpieces need to as well. This Thanksgiving, we need to be thankful - and accepting - of all our relatives, vegan or not.


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