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I have a problem and i jsut realized it now.<br><br><br><br>
I'm going on a feild trip on monday to white water raft with my school. Every year at the beginning of the year we go on this trip. Well last year i wasn't very strict on what i ate because i would eat the option with the least meat. But now i'm having really bas reactions to milk, so i'm becoming even stricter on what i can't eat. It's better because i'm becoming a better vegetarian and i'm thinking maybe about going completely over to veganism ,but it might be a while because of alot of things.<br><br><br><br>
Anyways, this trip we rent out a cabin and a camp area. And the adults bring food for us and we all cook it. But they usually have a 'vegetarian' option in that it has milk in it. Maybe i'll tell them i have a milk allergy(which isn't horrible far from the truth, i have a bad reaction alot of the times) or something because i know they wont have a vegan option. I am probably the only strict vegetarian in my small school the rest are octo-ovo vegetarians or omnis. So when your catering to the majority you don't go out of your way for one person.<br><br><br><br>
And i was thinking about Lunar and cliff bars but i swear i've eaten so many of those, they're beggining to make me really ill whenever i eat one(just to sweet for me i guess.. when i want some food i don't want a sugary treat no matter how filling). And then i was thinking of brining my own non-perishable food. I'll probably have some nuts, seeds, and fruit and maybe dried veggies but i don't really feel comfortable bringing my own meal. People woudl really start to ask questions and think i'm weird, they already look down upon vegetarianism/veganism(sadly). And if that does't happen then i'm afraid they might get a snobby look at it. Like i don't think their food will be good enough.. Either way right now i have low enough self-esteem and dealing witha lot, i really can't deal with that right now.<br><br><br><br>
So my question is should i just give in and eat octo-lovo vegetarian while i'm there? Or is there any other way? I'm ganna feel sick and horrible both mentally and physically if i do..but at the same time bringing my own meals will just shoot my self esteem even lower. I want the first day of school to be enjoyable.<br><br><br><br>
I know i'm digging myself a hole here..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:"><br><br><br><br>
Thanks guys for your help before, i know your getting sick of me.<br><br><br><br>
But don't think badly of these people, even though they look down upon veganism, they are very open otherwise and very kind. Just i guess it's is a little to weird for them(even though i, and everyone on here i'm sure, don't think it's weird at all.. just some people can;t imagine not eating or drinking milk and eggs. Meat people are a little more understanding.)
 

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I see no reason why they can't bring in a PB&J for you, so long as you specify that you can't eat dairy (don't lie about allergies. There's a whole other thread about this. Tell them exactly what you told us - that you've been having bad reactions lately to dairy, and don't want to feel ill on the trip. Why say you are allergic to something you are not, and have everyone think you are a liar cause they distinctly remember you having eaten cheese pizza before?)<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, PB&J is what I usually get on white water rafting trips. Some lays chips, some dried fruit - yep. Certainly not the most exciting food, but food! If you can't eat luna bars, don't! Get a nature's valley one, they are filling and tasty, but not as dense as the brands you mentioned (if you eat honey, as I believe they all contain it.) Ask them to bring you some boca burgers, etc. THere are lots of camping food threads here. Good luck!
 

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you don't have to say you have an allergy, but you can tell the truth that you are intolerant to milk and would it be ok to bring your own food?<br><br><br><br>
do you seriously think that there is no other option than you being miserable?<br><br><br><br>
oh, and about people thinking your weird: all people think veg*ns are weird. you are going to need to get a thicker skin.
 

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I would bring stuff in my backpack like soy jerky, trail mix, fruit, a sandwich or two, juice, etc. and eat on the bus. That way when it comes time to eat a meal with the others you won't have to bring out a big vegan meal. Maybe wear pants with lots of pocket room for snacks.
 

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I have a problem with dairy too. If I eat it, my allergies really flare up and later on, it may flare up my rheumatoid arthritis. I just tell people nicely that I am not able to have dairy and they are always cool with it. They will usually do their best to help me out. Is it possible for them to make the vegetarian meal without milk for your portion? A lot of people have food allergies, so if you just let them know, they should be cool with it. You don't want to eat something that will make you sick. If they can't accomadate for some reason, don't be afraid to ask if you can bring your own food then since you do have a milk allergy/intolerance. Also, like someone else mentioned, bring some snacks with you to eat on the way.<br><br><br><br>
Hope it all works out for you.
 

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Sometimes in L/O meals the cheese can be left out of a portion - no cheese on the burger, no parmesan on the pasta, no ranch on the salad... You will probably have a few options (fruit, veggies, crackers and such) provided by the school that are already vegan, you may only need to suppliment with a few healthy snacks.<br><br><br><br>
Since it sounds like you've been on a similar trip, you should SORTOF know what to expect. Maybe pack cartons of soymilk? The small lunch-box size are small and portable.<br><br><br><br>
As mentioned, being vegan involves a fair amount of 'sticking up for your beliefs' and tolerating other people's perceptions of you being "weird". You will always be the minority and cannot expect people to make exceptions or stretch their limited knowledge of food to accurately accomodate you. You'll need to learn some coping strategies for that.<br><br>
A thicker skin might take a while but wouldn't hurt,either.<br><br><br><br>
Don't go EXPECTING to be miserable, or you WILL be, no matter HOW accomodating they are.<br><br><br><br>
And good luck!!
 
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