I have some family gatherings coming up this year and I know there will be nothing on the menu that I will eat. Well, except for lettuce, tomatoes, onions and probably pickles. A girl has to have more than that.
I don’t know what’s on the menu, but I do know that I am probably the only one who does not eat animal-based foods. A part of me doesn’t want to attend, but another part of me can hardly wait to see my relatives.
I don’t think I will let a little menu keep me from seeing my relatives. What do I do?
No matter the situation, I must be prepared. Here it is early in the year and I am thinking about surviving family gatherings that are months away.
I’ll keep this short and sweet, because I’m not going. Just kidding about that.
Make the Best of Situation
The best thing to do, especially if you are coming in from out-of-town is find a vegan restaurant in that city. Order take out and bring that meal to the family gathering.
There is no reason for you to sit and watch others eat, when you can have your own food, just the way you like it. Take this matter in your hands, because if you don’t, no one else will.
Contact the person in charge of the menu and tell them your situation. Most people are willing to accommodate you, but don’t expect too much.
You can always prepare your food in advance and bring it with you. Make sure you store the meals in a cooler so they don’t spoil, especially if you are travelling a few hours away from home.
Don’t get upset when you see there is nothing on the menu that would consider eating. Most people think that everyone eats the same foods, but that’s not always the case.
Make the best of the situation even when you know there is nothing on the menu that you that you will eat.
Be prepared so that you don’t feel like you are at the family function by yourself. Food brings people together, but sometimes it drives people apart.
Don’t let that happen. Bring your own food and enjoy your family.
Attend the Gathering
It is easy to say, “I’m not attending the family gathering.” But if you really want to attend, then don’t let food stand in your way.
It will be a challenge, but that’s when good planning and preparing comes into play.
Always have a plan of action and you will be fine.
Discussion: What would you do in this situation?