How Not to Be the Punchline of the Vegan-at-a-Dinner-Party Joke (Rewind)

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We’ve all been there …

“Welcome to the BBQ, enjoy your carrots!” 

That moment at a restaurant, party, or dinner when all of a sudden people realize you’re vegan or vegetarian, and don’t know how to react. Before you can even say a word, someone gets defensive or pokes fun of your diet.

So what do you do? Usually, we react in one of two ways. Either:

  1. You use it as an opportunity to make a point, defend your diet choice, and maybe even convince a few people, or
  2. You brush it off and keep the mood light, in an attempt to make veganism appear as normal as possible.

I’m not saying either of these better than the other; I respect both choices. But I know the one that I choose, almost every single time.

In today’s episode, Matt and I bring back one of our most popular episodes ever, were we discuss those two approaches to handling uncomfortable situations at parties, with family, and while out to dinner. And we also discuss how sometimes it’s the simplest approach that has the biggest impact.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Why your diet makes others uncomfortable
  • Matching a joke with a joke to defuse an uncomfortable situation
  • Is eating cheese worse than wasting cheese?
  • Why Doug ate a non-vegan dish at a family breakfast … and why he thinks this was the right choice

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