Having a vegan colleague raises issues that would never pop into your head otherwise. Here are some thoughts and personal life struggles that she has shared with us over lunch break discussions.
1. First dates: Vegans don’t do dinner
To all the guys (and girls) who go on a dinner date with a vegan for the first time and pretend to be overly interested in veganism: you’re doing it wrong. This type of conversation generally ends up in an argument where everyone has become an expert in nutrition. Our colleague’s advice? If you’re not genuinely interested, don’t go down this road.
2. Your Palaeolithic ancestor was mostly vegan
Going back a few million years from now, killing a mammoth did not happen overnight. It was harder back then to include animal products in one’s daily intake and meat was probably more seen as a ‘treat’. Palaeolithic men therefore got most of their nutrition from plant sources. They were the true vegans here!
It was only much later that humans started incorporating meat and dairy products into their diet and as a result developed the enzymes necessary to break down these new substances. Just as we have been introducing chemicals to make our food look better – some of us still can’t cope with lactose and becoming gluten-free is now a common thing. Why do humans always need to over consume one thing before switching to something else?
3. Vegans eat more than just leaves
Apparently, all vegans should relate to this one. When a restaurant seems to offer a vegan option and all they bring you is a couple of salad leaves, your enjoyable night out turns into a quite frustrating experience. Vegan meals can be just as tasty and diverse as omnivorous ones – creativity is all it takes!
4. Cow’s milk is for baby cows
When you think about it, humans are the only animals to drink the milk of another species. Where did this idea come from? What was the man who discovered milk doing with his cow at the time? This is for sure an odd question to ask oneself…
5. Being vegan when Christmas comes
Christmas is surely the worst time to go vegan, especially when your entire family does not understand you. Whilst they eat seafood, turkey and foie-gras, you just have to sit there with your vegetables and pretend you are not offended by their not-so-funny jokes and total lack of understanding.
6. “Sorry, I’m a Pescatarian”
The term ‘pescatarian’ in itself will make you frown and laugh at the same time. Pescatarians are people who have cut down ‘earth-animals’ but still eat fish and seafood products. They are grossed out by insects but manage to eat foods like shrimps without any problem. Isn’t that an insect of the sea? Is a fish not the same as a bird but living in the opposite environment? Our vegan colleague does not seem to get it.