Veganism in practice
What do you do on holidays as a vegan? Where can you eat out? What if you would like to raise your children vegan?
For eating out, you can use our Vegan Friendly website and websites like Happy Cow (English) and VeganExplorer (Dutch) to look up restaurants in your area that serve vegan options. You can also use Vegamap and Vegan Compass. Many non-vegan restaurants can prepare vegan food on request. Call or email in advance to discuss the options.
At some non-vegan restaurants it is easy to get a vegan meal, for example Italian (pizza without cheese), Indian (vegetable curry), Chinese (tjap tjoy, tofu dishes) and Thai (vegetable curry). Ask the waiter about (hidden) ingredients to be sure it is vegan: e.g. milk in pizza dough, eggs in pasta, dairy in Indian dishes, meat stock, fish sauce, shrimp paste in Thai dishes.
Eating out as a vegan is fairly simple. This is also true when you are on holiday, althought some countries often use animal fats to fry vegetables.
Eating with family and friends
Eating with family and friends could be complicated if these people cannot or do not want to cater to your dietary preferences. Talking to them about it in advance can make all the difference. Or find a recipe and do groceries together. In this way you make it easier for them to cook vegan. You can also bring your own dish to a gathering, so everyone can enjoy great food. Another option is to eat in advance or bring your own food with you (energy bars, fruit) or look up a local vegan take-out.
When you start your vegan journey you will notice that it can also be an adjustment for the people in your environment. Give them some time to get used to it. Their willingness to understand you almost always improves with time.
In the hospital
If you are hospitalized, the kind vegans of the facebook group Vegans in het ziekenhuis (Vegans in the hospital) can help you make sure you get vegan meals.
Do you prefer to date a vegan? Via the Facebook group Vegan Dating Der Nederlanden and the website Vegadates you can contact other single vegans.
Veganism and children
Just like adults, children can choose a vegan lifestyle. Their nutritional needs are slightly different, which should be taken into account. With a little help and good information, children can definitely be healthy on a plant-based diet.
Many companion animals, such as dogs and cats, can thrive on a vegan diet. There is a facebook group available where you can learn about all the options. It is called Vega(n) Huisdieren (Vegan Pets, in Dutch).