When you’re vegan it goes like this: things like reading labels become routine, and it’s easy to pick out the cruelty-free from the not. Enquiring in restaurants becomes second-nature, as well as having a mental list of alcohol I can buy in bars that’s vegan-friendly. But I guess it’s easy to forget that not everyone does this on a daily basis, not everyone knows how to do this, and it can be a little bit of a minefield to begin with. This has become apparent to me recently, with family members asking me what I can or can’t eat when I visit them for Christmas, and the super, super common answer my friends give me to “Where do you want to go to eat?”, almost always identically word-for-word, goes like “Well, I don’t mind, you’re the one with dietary restrictions, so you choose.” A kind enough sentiment but usually unnecessary. If you can eat there, I usually can too. (I do say usually, because if we go to a steak house I probably won’t be happy).
So this post is a little guide to those of you who might not be vegan but you’re hosting a veggie for Christmas, a friend of someone who’s powered by plants, or a new vegan who’s trying to work this whole thing out. Here are some tips and tricks for supermarket shopping!