Are you having a hard time sticking with eating a vegan diet? You are not alone. Let me tell you what happened to me.
My family and I went to a restaurant this past weekend that has a good selection of vegetables. These vegetables are not prepared with any animal product. How do I know? Because I have asked them.
My husband is not a veggie person and we must always choose a restaurant that will accommodate us both. Because I am a vegan it is hard to eat out anywhere, that doesn’t have vegetables slathered in butter and pork or whatever else restaurants use to flavor vegetables.
As I went through the line, I also noticed they had potato salad, one of my favorites, but I knew there were eggs and other things in the potato salad that I do not want to consume. As hard as it was, I passed the potato salad by and was happy with my vegetable plate.
I proceeded through the line and I chose three vegetables along with a salad. When I got to the end of the line, the cashier asked me if I wanted a roll or cornbread. I’d rather not have either, but I told her that I would have cornbread. I was also thinking in the back of my mind, the cornbread would go well with my veggies. *weak moment*
I did not eat the cornbread, I took it because the cashier asked me what type of bread I wanted. I thought about the milk, eggs and other ingredients that were probably in the cornbread and I left it alone.
Today, I will tell you how you can stay vegan while eating out. It is not easy, but it can be done. You will be amazed how powerful you are when you have your mind focused on the direction you are traveling.
5 ways you can remain a vegan while eating out
- Select a vegan/veggie friendly restaurant. Don’t go to a steakhouse when you know that all they serve is steak and very little vegetables. You will be very disappointed. Select a restaurant that has a wide selection of vegetables and fresh salads.
- Think about your health before you eat. I almost ate the cornbread that I was given and the potato salad looked good, but I passed them both by. One part of me wanted to eat the cornbread, but another part of me was thinking about what was in the cornbread. I knew the ingredients were not what I wanted in my body. Take a little time to stop and think about what makes up a certain food, then you will almost always do the right thing based your chosen diet.
- Share your meals with those who respect your eating choices. You never want to eat out with family or friends who don’t understand why you eat the way you do. They could make statements like “you don’t know what you’re missing” or “I cannot believe you don’t eat meat.” Some people tend to go on and on. These people, though they mean well, can cause you to stumble. You will find yourself giving in because you don’t want to be considered a weirdo. Do yourself a favor and avoid this situation at all cost.
- Don’t eat out until you know that you are strong enough to do so. If you know that you are easily persuaded by what others are eating, then you are probably not ready to eat out. I use to be easily persuaded by what others were eating and also by the remarks that people made, but now I have strong will power. It took some time for me to develop this strong will power, but I never gave up. Remember, it takes time and you will stumble a time or two, probably more than that, but don’t ever give up.
- Plan for success and you will succeed. Always have a plan for eating well whenever you eat out. Know what types of foods you will eat and those you will not eat even before you arrive at the restaurant. Decide how you will respond to others who question you. If you find yourself in a situation where people are constantly questioning you, then this is the time when your plan will really come in handy. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. Be prepared at all times and you should do fine.
You don’t have to give up eating out because you are a vegan. You can still eat a vegan diet when you eat out while enjoying your family and friends. There is no need to ever dread eating out anymore, because you are armed with your plan and there is nothing that can sway you.
Give some thought to the food you consume. Ask yourself if a certain food is good or bad for your body, before you ever put into your mouth. This will help you even more to stick with your chosen diet.
How do you handle eating out, especially since you’ve changed to a plant-based diet?
Your health is your wealth!