Your Thoughts Thursday: The Social Vegan
Humans tend to be social creatures and our social activities almost alway include food. We plan entire gatherings around food, create new holidays dedicated to edibles, and turn our existing holidays into food-and-treat-centered events. No matter the problem, there’s a food cure for it: chicken soup for a cold, cookies for homesickness, a gallon of ice cream for a love affair gone wrong. Then there are dishes that mean a lot to people: Grandma’s coveted pie, Mom’s famous casserole, Dad’s award-winning burgers. And when you turn those down, feelings get hurt. Maybe even more importantly, we discuss over food. We talk about our beliefs and our plans, our goals and our projects. When you’re the only one sitting there without a burger and cheesy macaroni on your plate, it becomes obvious your food choices and beliefs are different, and for one reason or another, that tends to make people uncomfortable. So my question is, has being vegan affected your social life?
- Do you feel like when people invite you to a gathering, they worry over “what to feed you”?
- It may seem silly, but have any of your friendships ever been affected by your veganism?
- Do your friends and family feel guilty or apologize for eating non-vegan food in front of you?
- When people at the office or in your class order food or make plans, do they leave you out because they assume you “can’t eat that” anyway?
- Have anyone’s feelings been hurt by you choosing your beliefs over their special recipe?