With Veganism on the rise, it is very possible you might date or live with a vegan and you need to be fully prepared. Here are 10 tips on how to live with a vegan successfully.
These tips help you gauge just how much of a vegan the vegan you are living with really is. It will help you gain insight into what vegans really think in our heads. No hard feelings.
1. No Mixing!
OK hard core vegans don’t even want to smell any animal flesh cooking let alone eating from the same pot it was cooked in. In other words, if you make a chicken gravy, don’t think you can just carefully take out the gravy with no animal flesh and serve this to a vegan. You’re more than likely going to get a very crazy look on the face of the vegan if you even attempt to pull this off. It’s gonna have to be 2 separate pots and 2 separate cooking utensils if you’re cooking for a vegan. Sorry!
2. All vegetables are not equal
Ask a vegan which vegetables they like and don’t like. Don’t assume that just because they are vegan, they eat all vegetables. Some animal flesh eaters don’t eat red meat. Others don’t eat fish. Others don’t eat chicken. Well, same with those vegans. We don’t all like broccoli, or carrots or beetroot. The vegetable family is the largest family of food on the planet.
3. Vegans can eat Potatoes
Someone once asked me: Can you eat Potatoes as a vegan? OK people let’s get real here. A vegan does not consume products derived from animals. That’s it. Anything else is game. Spoiler Alert: Potatoes are NOT derived from animals. Potatoes grow in the ground. Yes, a vegan can eat potatoes!!!! However, a vegan may choose NOT to eat a potato, but that has nothing to do with being a vegan. I do think the term “vegan” is confusing to many though. We are the real vegetarians and I have often felt vegans should be called vegetarians.
4. Don’t treat them as aliens
Vegans are an increasing minority on the planet. There is nothing abnormal about their diet. Everything a vegan can eat and eats, an animal flesh eater can eat and eat as well. Vegans do NOT come from another planet, even though many of us feel like that from time to time. Most land animals are Herbivores. What we eat grows on the planet Earth NOT Mars or Jupiter. We are an unyielding, unfolding and unapologetic part of the human family. You’re stuck with us.
5. Never challenge a vegan to a healthy diet debate!
You will lose!
6. Watch what non-food things you might buy a vegan
If buying a vegan a gift, try to avoid gifts made with Leather or Silk or Fur. A Leather Jacket as a gift to a vegan would be considered poor taste and certainly unappreciated. You’d be wasting your money because it won’t ever be worn. Vegans are really concerned about the environmental impact of the food they eat and the things they wear as well. If you feel this is just too much to be concerned about then I suggest you refrain from buying a vegan anything except Kale.
7. No babysitting and hand holding when dining out
You invite a vegan to a restaurant where there is no vegan or vegetarian options. It may appear that they need your help in ordering off the menu but some vegans have been known to read and write. Even at such a hostile turf, a vegan will still know how to ask for what they know they want more than you can ever possibly know how to. You trying to decide what a vegan wants, is like a vegan trying to decide whether you should have fish, chicken or beef on your behalf. Absurd!
8. Vegans don’t care that animal flesh tastes soooo good!
Yes we have heard this when animal flesh eaters say, “But meat tastes so good, you don’t know what you’re missing”. This is their only way of justifying their habit (and the protein thing too). Hear this: Vegans don’t make their food choice based on “taste”. We make choices on what is good or healthy for us and for mankind and for the planet. We also make food choices based on what’s good for the planet in generations to come. Taste is important but it is by far the least important as far as vegans are concerned. We won’t be intimidated by such outbursts! Maybe humans would taste good if they were killed, cut up, and cooked but it doesn’t mean we should engage in this activity.
9. Don’t ask: where do you get your Protein?
This is the number one question all vegans are asked 144 times a day! No vegan can answer this question politely with a smile after being asked this 100,000 times previously. My response however, when the protein-conscious healthy animal flesh eater asks this is: What is Protein? This response will abruptly end their inquiry and a peaceful meal can then ensue… until another question comes to their mind. This leads to the last tip.
10. Let’s All Eat in Peace…
Vegans are respectful at the dinner table. We never bring up the food choices of others at the table. We never question what others eat so why do people always have to bring this up to us. Why are you a vegan? and all the other food questions we get that we have to answer instead of just enjoying our f***ing meal! Let’s all eat in peace please!
These tips will greatly help you out if you are living with a vegan (or dating). Don’t feel bad. Just don’t be too inquisitive and ask too many questions and, most importantly let’s live in Peace. Let’s respect each other’s food choices.
If any other vegans, or people with experience with vegans have any other tips I would love to hear them. Please leave a comment below.