Fellow vegans or vegetarians,
How do you handle being vegan or vegetarian at work when food is provided every week. I’m working on my school’s weekly newscast and today the food that was provided was In & Out Burger. I ate some french fries but didn’t have any burgers. The last meeting we had cookies, that definitely had dairy and eggs in them.
Typically I don’t tell people I’m vegan unless I really know them, like really know them. I am friends with two of the anchors but not with everyone else. And they know I’m vegan but no one else does. It would be easier if I mention it just so it doesn’t look weird that I never eat any of the food. But I’ve had experiences where if I’m not friends with the person, I’m met with comments about my diet. You know the, “oh you’re that person,” or “but…protein.” Because that is the only nutrient that people know. And then from that point forward they know me as “the vegan”.
Which is why it’s 8:30 at night and I’m cooking rice. Also the french fries were disgusting. Possibly because I haven’t eaten out for the past four weeks and I’m not used to fried, salty foods.