As with any major lifestyle change, it is a good idea to keep some sort of etiquette in mind, whether it be for telling people about your decision, or for social functions. Veg-living may be a new concept for many people in your life, so it is wise to be open about your decision, and help those around you accommodate your needs, which can oftentimes be as simple as reminding them.
While there are a lot of different ways to go about doing this, the following are tips and suggestions that will help keep these situations as smooth as possible!
Telling people about your decision
When telling friends about your decision to become veg, it is useful to keep a few things in mind to make the talk go as smoothly as possible. Remember that very few people are born and raised veg, and that you once did not know about animal suffering either.
Aim to use logic, reason and evidence, and remember to put judgement aside, as it can result in people becoming confrontational or dismissive. Simply tell people about your choice and what it means for you.
And if you can whip up an incredible veg dish or dessert that will impress while you speak about your decision, that always helps, too!
At first, social activities, such as family or friend gatherings, may seem difficult if there is food involved. However, with some preparation, you can avoid awkward encounters and leave any gathering full and satisfied!
Whether it is a birthday, engagement party, wedding or small gathering, simply ask the host if there is the possibility of veg food and clearly let them know what you can and cannot eat. In some cases where dishes are pre-ordered, it might be as simple as filling up your plate with more veg side dishes, and in other cases, a completely veg dish could easily be made just for you. If you don’t ask, you won’t know!
For casual gatherings you can inquire about any veg options that may be available, and of course offer to bring your own to enjoy and share. With the rise of veg-living, it is really not as rare as it used to be to find veg food in abundance!