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I'm just curious, what do you personally do in this particular situation?<br><br>
You are at a social event (wedding/ party) and its catered and buffet style. Its on site catering, so no requests can be made. Each tin contains meat, a thing with meat, and then another meat. Then you see baked ziti.<br><br>
Do you peel off the cheese and dig out the pasta because you were unprepared and starving?<br><br>
Or let your tummy growl and wait until you get home?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>penny79</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981466"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Honestly, of the people I see using the word "starving," most don't know what it means.</div>
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I get that- lets just say hypoglycemic and shaking with a sharp sugar drop. That happens to me at least 2 times a day. Close to passing out. Not trying to start a debate here about what constitutes starving- just curious what most vegans do in this particular situation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Everyone I know who gets like that, with a sugar drop or shakiness, brings food with them, vegan or not.<br><br>
But no, I wouldn't eat a non-vegan item on purpose. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<Hypoglycemic and most assuredly *not* "starving" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
If I was having terrible low blood sugar and I didn't have food with me in that situation, I'd tell the staff to bring me juice and if no juice were available, I'd eat a sugar packet stirred in water or tea (always at such events, in a hotel or otherwise) and then quickly get my ill prepared ass to the nearest convenience store or the like and buy some nuts, seeds, a piece of fruit or a Naked juice with protein powder in it. Yes, I've done exactly this before.<br><br>
Baked ziti wouldn't immediately help low blood sugar anyway, vegan or not.<br><br>
From your specific options presented, I'd wait and not eat the disgusting offering.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>penny79</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981474"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Everyone I know who gets like that, with a sugar drop or shakiness, brings food with them, vegan or not.</div>
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Sometimes 2 clif bars don't last me through a 7 hour event chasing around my kids all day...it happens. Sometimes I leave the house in a whirlwind because I'm late and the kids were difficult to get together and ready and in the car and find myself up the river without a snack or food. Sometimes I find myself stuck in situations I can't get out of like a meeting that went over by a couple hours where my snack is in the car and all that is out is a deli platter. Sometimes I am stuck with a complication with my patient and work through my lunch and have a sugar drop and nothing nearby. Sometimes I'm stuck on a runway for 4 hours and they won't serve food on the plane, and I already ate my stash. It happens! We aren't all perfect. There are millions of scenarios where I have had issues- and I guarantee you everyone you know that has these issues has been stuck too. But thanks for the positive contribution to my thread.
 

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I didn't eat it, but I was just curious what most vegans do in these situations- it was on my mind. I'm sure all of us have been in scenarios where you are kind of stuck. What is your plan then or how do you handle it socially?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>*AHIMSA*</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981479"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
<Hypoglycemic and most assuredly *not* "starving" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
If I was having terrible low blood sugar and I didn't have food with me in that situation, I'd tell the staff to bring me juice and if no juice were available, I'd eat a sugar packet stirred in water or tea (always at such events, in a hotel or otherwise) and then quickly get my ill prepared ass to the nearest convenience store or the like and buy some nuts, seeds, a piece of fruit or a Naked juice with protein powder in it. Yes, I've done exactly this before.<br><br>
Baked ziti wouldn't immediately help low blood sugar anyway, vegan or not.<br><br>
From your specific options presented, I'd wait and not eat the disgusting offering.</div>
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I always make my husband go to gas stations when I'm like that! I can't drive because it happens so quickly, I get the vision blackout before I know its started with me
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mollycakes</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981483"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Sometimes 2 clif bars don't last me through a 7 hour event chasing around my kids all day...it happens. Sometimes I leave the house in a whirlwind because I'm late and the kids were difficult to get together and ready and in the car and find myself up the river without a snack or food. Sometimes I find myself stuck in situations I can't get out of like a meeting that went over by a couple hours where my snack is in the car and all that is out is a deli platter. Sometimes I am stuck with a complication with my patient and work through my lunch and have a sugar drop and nothing nearby. Sometimes I'm stuck on a runway for 4 hours and they won't serve food on the plane, and I already ate my stash. It happens! We aren't all perfect. There are millions of scenarios where I have had issues- and I guarantee you everyone you know that has these issues has been stuck too. But thanks for the positive contribution to my thread.</div>
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I'm not sure the point of this second hypothetical or I guess listing of stuff that has happened?.<br><br>
I was answering the first question you asked "Do you peel off the cheese and dig out the pasta because you were unprepared and starving?"
 

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I always make my husband go to gas stations when I'm like that! I can't drive because it happens so quickly, I get the vision blackout before I know its started with me</div>
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It's nice that nowadays even gas stations have fresh fruit! And nuts, pretzels, etc. Better option than McDonald's. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I'm not sure the point of this second hypothetical or I guess listing of stuff that has happened?.<br><br>
I was answering the first question you asked "Do you peel off the cheese and dig out the pasta because you were unprepared and starving?"</div>
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Just correcting your assumption that people with low blood sugar are able to be prepared 100% of the time. These are things that commonly happen and have happened to me.
 

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I always make my husband go to gas stations when I'm like that! I can't drive because it happens so quickly, I get the vision blackout before I know its started with me</div>
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I know what that feels like. I get hot, shivery cold and very shaky with a rapid heart rate, it often triggers a panic attack too, oh joy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"> It is for these reasons that I am seldom ill prepared. Also, I'm a mom and accustomed to carrying snacks with me, being prepared at all times for anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>penny79</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981488"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
It's nice that nowadays even gas stations have fresh fruit! And nuts, pretzels, etc. Better option than McDonald's. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></div>
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Yep! On the rare occasion I find myself without any other option, I go for nuts/seeds and fruit. If those aren't available, pretzels or plain potato chips.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mollycakes</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981491"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Just correcting your assumption that people with low blood sugar are able to be prepared 100% of the time. These are things that commonly happen and have happened to me.</div>
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I didn't assume people with low blood sugar are able to be prepared 100% of the time.<br><br>
your question said the person was unprepared. it didn't say they brought three snacks and they were in the car.....i was only going by your question. sorry. :/
 

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I wouldn't pick cheese off something to eat the vegan food underneath (unless I was in a hypothetical desert island situation.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">)<br><br>
I usually check beforehand if there will be anything suitable for vegans or I just take some crisps/ fruit/ olives/ nuts/ chocolate/ leftovers/ cereal bar/ water in my bag. I usually have some type of vegan food and water with me at all times actually.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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I wouldn't pick it off. I'd bring food with me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> If I didn't realise till I got there, I'd wait it out. If I really couldn't wait, I'd see if the staff had anything (salad, plain rolls/bread, etc) in the kitchen/whatever I could eat instead, or pop out and find a near-by shop.
 

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If baked Ziti is made the authentic Italian way it usually has ground beef and three different cheeses melted and mixed through the pasta. I don't see how you could successfully pick anything vegan out of that. You'd literally have to wash the pasta under water to get rid of all the omni crap on it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> So no, I wouldn't even look at that dish let alone touch it. Hah.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>penny79</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981488"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
It's nice that nowadays even gas stations have fresh fruit! And nuts, pretzels, etc. Better option than McDonald's. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></div>
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I'd choose McDonalds chips over a bag of pretzels if I was stuck and needed a quick snack in a hurry. Where I live, a small bag of McDonalds chips are no worse than pretzels. They contain protein, carbs, fat and fibre and are only 255 calories. Pretzels are about 227 for a 60g bag. They also have about seven times more salt than the chips - not as healthy as you would think.
 

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I'd choose McDonalds chips over a bag of pretzels if I was stuck and needed a quick snack in a hurry. Where I live, a small bag of McDonalds chips are no worse than pretzels. They contain protein, carbs, fat and fibre and are only 255 calories. Pretzels are about 227 for a 60g bag. They also have about seven times more salt than the chips - not as healthy as you would think.</div>
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LOL, I never thought or said pretzels were healthy, just that a gas station had more vegan options than McDonalds. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'd choose McDonalds chips over a bag of pretzels if I was stuck and needed a quick snack in a hurry. Where I live, a small bag of McDonalds chips are no worse than pretzels. They contain protein, carbs, fat and fibre and are only 255 calories. Pretzels are about 227 for a 60g bag. They also have about seven times more salt than the chips - not as healthy as you would think.</div>
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McD's fries contain beef in a lot of places, not sure what country you are in but for those in the US McD's fries are not vegan and not vegetarian.<br><br><br>
as for the op's hypothetical situation, i wouldn't eat the pasta dish and would be quite shocked that there was not a single veg at a catered event.
 

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as for the op's hypothetical situation, i wouldn't eat the pasta dish and would be quite shocked that there was not a single veg at a catered event.</div>
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I'm a new vegan, I've only been at this for 6 weeks.<br>
Now that I am vegan, I seem to be ending up in these situations all the time. It seems my timing was off when deciding to go vegan because in these 6 weeks, I have had to attend a multitude of food centered events and even one all inclusive vacation where I survived on french fries and plain pasta.<br><br>
I never gave it much thought as a meat eater and later on a dairy consuming vegetarian, but now I too am shocked to find so many events and family things are just centered around food and meat. With no options for me. Its weird.<br><br>
I expect as time goes on, I will lack the sensitivity to this issue as many of you seem to have and get more adjusted to the lifestyle.
 
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