It’s that time of the year again- festivities are overflowing with food, family, social events, food, religious activities, friends and more food. The period can be daunting for some living a plant-based lifestyle, especially those who are newly transitioned (1-6 months vegan), so we have come up with some tips to help get you through the holiday period.
- Be proactive
Try to eat before leaving the house or in safe zones where you know you don’t have to worry about the food selection. If you don’t have time to do that then make sure the places you plan to go to has a few options that are vegan or can be ‘veganized’.
- Ask plenty of questions
If you are venturing out to unfamiliar places, or simply to an omnivore's house, make sure you go through the long laundry list of food items you avoid so they understand what vegan means. “No Sade, crayfish is not vegan!”
- Stock up on snacks
Who doesn’t love a good snack every now and then, however, snacks during this period could be vital as you may not be able to find any vegan options while you’re out and about. Pack some trail mix, fruit with nut butter, smoothie, sandwich, granola bars or your favorite snacks. If you fail to remember this tip you could find yourself involuntarily practicing intermittent fasting.
Share with friends / family
Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands and sharing is caring. If your friends and family are unaware of what the vegan lifestyle is about or maybe vegan curious, why not share samples of your favorite meals and give them a taste of the good life :)
Explore and experiment
There are plenty of new food establishments geared towards healthy living that are opening up all over the place. Take some time to get to know your environments and try out new eateries as you would be surprised at how many vegan-friendly options are out there just waiting to be eaten.
Now, you can rest assured to ‘take a bite out of life’ and enjoy your time with loved ones.