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|vegan in a small town
Posted By Cortny Kennick
I live in a small town where I think I'm the only vegetarian. Haha I want to go vegan but how can i do this if I go out with friends or family? What about meals at other peoples homes? My boyfriends mom knows I'm vegetarian and loves to cook me things but when i talked about going vegan she said oh no!
I'm so glad you asked these questions. Many members of Vegan at Heart are in the same boat: the only vegetarians or vegans in a small town. I knew only one vegetarian growing up in my town in Indiana, and I loved making fun of her. Look at me now--oh, the karma!
Yes, it's true--living in a small town not only limits your options but also limits your support system. See if you can twist your perspective to think about the positive side: you are a trailblazer, Cortney, and you'll be serving as a role model and educating so many people about plant-based eating just by living your life. Think of yourself as a leader, a pioneer of sorts, and take pride.
Now...on to the logistical questions. If you've done the daily missions, you'll know that when it comes to eating out, international fare is an easy way to go, and you'll be familiar with the vegan-friendly restaurant chains. Are there restaurants/cuisines on there that your family enjoys? Or your friends?
As for meals at other people's homes, what most hosts are concerned about is logistics: what on earth can you eat? What do you like to eat? Before you come over, provide some entree ideas that they might be familar with and enjoy already: spaghetti marinara, bean tacos or burritos, veggie fajitas, ratatouille, etc. Or feel free to bring your own veggie burgers or main dish and suggest simple ways to veganize their side dishes by not using butter or bits of bacon, for example. Bringing vegan ice cream for dessert is always easy too...and helps people realize how delicious dairy-free can be. If you can help prepare meals in the kitchen, hosts often appreciate it. You can also teach them some tips and tricks while you're at it.
As for your boyfriend's mom, there could be so many different things going on with her that's making her unsupportive. Bestselling Crazy Sexy Diet author Kris Carr recently wrote a wonderful article about dealing with unsupportive people. I've made some of the same points before in other Cheering Section Answers such as this one for a new vegan who's worried about visiting family in Texas.
Come to think of it, you've just inspired me to share Kris' article as the next weekly mission. So thanks again for your question.
I hope these resources prove to be helpful. Last words: it's your life, your health, your body, your values and ethics. You make decisions about it, not anybody's mom, no matter how cute that boy may be. ;-) And who knows? You may not only bring people around but you may inspire them to make healthy changes in their own lives.
Wish we had veg pioneers like you in every small town!
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