How To Survive the Holidays As A Vegan

Life as a vegan can be tough during the holidays. The sweet aroma of all those wintertime goodies and the pressure from friends that a little taste won’t hurt can be overwhelming at times. Nonetheless, you’ve made a commitment to this thing and you’re determined to see it through so you remain strong. Well, that’s all fine and dandy in la la land, but in the real world most newly transitioned vegans cave under the pressure. That’s why you need some strategies to help you withstand the pressures. So, here are some tips to help you out.

1. Do your own vegan holiday feast – This year was the first time that I did this and I must admit that I was really proud of myself. I held nothing back. From tofurkey and dressing to collards and yams I brought it and made it the best vegan Thanksgiving ever! Try this on your own and you’ll find that the feeling from being able to eat everything at the table is exhilarating.

2. Ask the host to hold the meat – Usually, if you ask nicely the host won’t mind doing this for a few of the veggie dishes. Pitch it as a healthier alternative to the traditional way of cooking veggies and she may even continue the practice beyond the holidays.

3. Bring your own – It always amazes me at how curious people are about vegan food. Whenever I bring a vegan dish it’s always a hit and people rave about how it taste just like ‘regular’ food as if vegans eat some type of alien food or something. Also, if I bring a tossed salad there are always those who are grateful as there is rarely a salad option available during this time of year.

4. Offer to host – Use the holidays as an opportunity to educate your family and close friends on veganism by playing host. Serve an all-vegan feast and be sure to include something for the die-hard meat eaters such as tofurkey as well as dishes that appeal to the less meat-addicted. Not only will your guests get the benefit of a healthy holiday feast, but they’ll be more knowledgeable about veganism.

5. Issue a challenge – Challenge your family and friends to a meat-out holiday. If they’re competitive they’ll be up for it. Moreover, they’ll swear that they aren’t addicted to meat the way that you say they are so they’ll be anxious to prove you wrong.

6. Dine out at a vegan restaurant – I know its not the most ideal solution, but it is a viable option. Many vegan restaurants open during the holidays with you in mind so if all else fails you can always enjoy a nice, vegan holiday feast at your favorite vegan restaurant. The food is sure to be scrumptious and you won’t have to worry about not getting your fill or having a nice selection of vegan-friendly food options to choose from.

By Laura