Question: There are work lunches catered only with halal but no vegan choices, and there are gatherings, for which I do not wish to cause inconvenience to others’ food choices. As an aspiring vegan, I simply follow the crowd but struggle in trying to avoid the meat parts of the food. What do you think?
Answer: Having been a vegetarian (and later vegan) for more than two decades, my diet choice has never caused a single person any inconvenience. For group meals, here are the solutions.  Choose your own food early (e.g. ask for dishes without animal products).  Buy or eat elsewhere first, later, or even with the rest. There is no need to be secretive or shy at all, as it is noble (compassionate and wise) to openly and actively play less, if any part, in feeding the supply-demand cycle of killing-buying. Just as it is seen as a religious right to ask for cooked animals killed the halal way (though no animals ever wish to be killed), you can ask for vegan food due to your religious reasons (as no animals ever wish to be killed).
You should learn more about the veganism and be happy to announce your new way of life. It is good to keep updated with information available on the benefits of going vegan, to be able to talk about it confidently and clearly if asked. Do like the Buddhist Vegan Fellowship page for more tips: www.fb.com/buddhistveganfellowship After others know your diet, they usually will let you take turns to choose places to eat or cater from, and you can recommend good vegan places, while not insisting all to follow. As the main thing most crave in food is taste, ‘concerns’ about nutrition are often misplaced. However, you should still learn about nutrition to answer queries. If non-vegan group meals are chosen by others with no option for you available at all, cheerfully say you will settle your meal, or even occasionally suggest an entire free vegan spread for all, to show how delicious vegan food can be. This can win some vegan converts too!
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