May 3, 2013 by Leanne Vogel November 29, 2018
Power posse post by David & Steve
There are still great misconceptions about what following a plant based diet means and what it entails. For most people we’ve found the biggest hurdle is overcoming eating out, be it visiting friends houses or frequenting their favorite restaurant.
Here are our Top Five Tips for Overcoming Social Hurdles when making the transition to a vegan, plant based diet.
1. Have good reason. If you know why you’re changing your diet – be it for your health, the environment or both, stand strong and don’t be afraid to share your reasoning.
People will question you but if you believe in what you’re doing and are benefiting from your new eating style, it’ll be easier to stay in your truth.
2. Be prepared. When visiting friends, going traveling or visiting a restaurant, plan ahead. Give the restaurant a quick call to see what your options are, potentially bring something along with you (salad dressing, cooked grains, pulses) and get in the habit of carrying snacks with you. If you’ve been invited over to someones home, offer to cook a dish for everyone to share.
3. Choose wisely. Thai and Moroccan are great restaurants to frequent because many of their dishes are plant-based.
4. Focus on the experience. Rather than getting caught up by the actual dining element of your get together or night out, focus on the other aspects of the time spent with others! The great company is far more important and integral in the grand scheme of things.
5. Suggest, comment, review. Give feedback to the restaurants that you frequent. Your comments may encourage the restaurant to improve their plant friendly options or adapt existing offerings to meet a wider variety of dietary needs. And, if you come across a restaurant that’s doing a good job of it, send them a little praise.
Here’s a little taste of the sorts of meals we serve up in our plant-based restaurant. We would say ‘whip up at home’ but what we cook for the masses, we eat ourselves!
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Author bio: David and Steve run a wholefood store, healthy café/restaurant in Ireland, and operate the Happy Heart Course – an online course designed to help people improve their overall health and well being by transitioning to a plant-based diet for four weeks. What fuels this dynamic duo? Meeting new people, chatting about the power of the vegan diet, and hearing about their students’ health successes.
We would love to know –
Do you have tips on how to eat healthy/plant-based when you’re out and about?
What’s your favorite restaurant that just does everything right every time you visit?
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.