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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mollycakes</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981580"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
all inclusive vacation where I survived on french fries and plain pasta.</div>
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I'm not saying in all cases, but in my experiences at all-inclusive resorts (for future), if they have a buffet, it will have a salad bar, usually unlimited fruit (bananas, pineapple, papaya, berries, melons, apples, raisins, dates, tomatoes, sometimes avocado or guacamole, bell peppers, lemons, limes), romaine, spinach, parsley, jicama, carrots. Or just go ask the kitchen. Look at the reviews of the buffet/salad bar before you go. Don't focus so much on cooked/processed - you're more likely to find whole foods at other sections! Restaurants in all-inclusives have always been happy to make something suitable (raw/vegan) for me.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mollycakes</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981464"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
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?</div>
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I'd fill up on champagne and get drunk that much faster. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I wouldn't eat it if it weren't vegan. I try to eat before going out to most big events and if I know we'll be out a while I try to pack a snack in my purse. I have missed meals before, but I'm lucky enough that although it's inconvenient, it's not terrible either. Usually between convenience stores, vending machines and salad bars, I'll be able to find <i>something</i> to keep my tummy from grumbling.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>luvourmother</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981557"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
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.</div>
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I think the word "Australia" under my avatar could give it away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
I'm well aware that fries at McDonalds in the US contain beef fat, but the US is now one of the few places where the fries are cooked that way and the OP asked me what <b>I</b> would do in this situation so I said what I would do. Sorry to drag the convo away from the American perspective for a millisecond while I offer my input. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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EH, i'd probably just pick off the cheese if i was exremely super hungry.<br>
i don't want to support the mistreatment of animals so i feel as though picking off the cheese i'd still be avoiding dairy (in a nutritional sense) and i wouldn't be supporting the dairy industry because the food would go right in the trash any way and was already paid for which i wouldnt be contributing to.<br>
BUT ive never been in a situation like this and wont ever be because i can literally go days without eating.
 

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EH, i'd probably just pick off the cheese if i was exremely super hungry.<br>
i don't want to support the mistreatment of animals so i feel as though picking off the cheese i'd still be avoiding dairy (in a nutritional sense) and i wouldn't be supporting the dairy industry because the food would go right in the trash any way and was already paid for which i wouldnt be contributing to.</div>
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So, in this hypothetical situation with meatless, cheese-laden ziti or ravioli or whatever.......what if there <i>wasn't</i> any cheesy pasta and <i>just</i> meat dishes? If they were 'just going to go in the trash any way' and 'already paid for' would you eat the meat if you were left without any option?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Scorpius</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981648"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
So, in this hypothetical situation with meatless, cheese-laden ziti or ravioli or whatever.......what if there <i>wasn't</i> any cheesy pasta and <i>just</i> meat dishes? If they were 'just going to go in the trash any way' and 'already paid for' would you eat the meat if you were left without any option?</div>
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EH PROBABLY SUPER DUPER HUNGRY<br><br>
means no..
 

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I have low blood sugar too, most I can go in the day is two hours before feeling awful, shaking, etc. I bring snack around usually or drink sugary drinks if I'm desperate if not. I have slipped up by eating pancakes with my family and I thought there were no vegan options, but I've learned to be better prepared for situations like that and won't do it again and am now completely committed to being vegan again at home and out, so I would not pick the cheese off. When I first went vegan I took the cheese off of an otherwise vegan pizza and gave it to my dogs instead of their usual animal product treats that they get daily, so I think in that situation I wasn't contributing, but now I just don't eat pizza at all or pick out any animal products, I just make food entirely vegan instead of giving my dogs animal products from bought things like pizza. In the situation of the ziti, I definitely wouldn't, because I'd just be throwing it away and then completely wasting it.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Nishani</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981639"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I think the word "Australia" under my avatar could give it away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
I'm well aware that fries at McDonalds in the US contain beef fat, but the US is now one of the few places where the fries are cooked that way and the OP asked me what <b>I</b> would do in this situation so I said what I would do. Sorry to drag the convo away from the American perspective for a millisecond while I offer my input. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></div>
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Ugh.
 

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Or let your tummy growl and wait until you get home?</div>
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1. Slip out.<br><br>
2. Get food I can eat.<br><br>
3. Slip back in with same.<br><br>
Sometimes I simply can't be bothered with step number 3.
 

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No way in hell I would just pick the cheese off. I'd have food with me, plan ahead and see what else was available in the kitchen or if I was uber hungry I'd sneak out and go to a nearby restaurant/store/etc.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<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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Holy crap woman! You are crazy busy. Your life drains me of energy just reading about it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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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..</div>
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^THIS!!! Picking the cheese off traditional Italian baked ziti? <i>Fuggedaboutit!!</i> There's no way your getting that stuff off. It's just not happening.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:">
 

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I'd fill up on champagne and get drunk that much faster. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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Yea I feel like this would be me too......
 

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I wouldn't pick it out, but I would fill up my plate with whatever was vegan....even if that meant I ended up with a plate full of nothing but fruit or rolls.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mollycakes</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981464"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
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?</div>
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Sorry your starving comment got taken so literal. As an American, I've certainly been broke but never literal to the word poor. I'm lucky enough to never have gone hungry. I would not pick off the cheese. No wouldn't eat it. I'm actually glad I don't go to many social events. Keeps my vegan life simplified.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>whisper</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981967"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I wouldn't pick it out, but I would fill up my plate with whatever was vegan....even if that meant I ended up with a plate full of nothing but fruit or rolls.</div>
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I distinctly remember having a pile of steamed carrots for my meal at my senior prom because of this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> The chosen dish was stuffed chicken something <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> (there was probably a cheesy-pasta dish for the vegetarians, I was vegan by then) ....I just asked for all the side veggies on a plate. I got some looks, but the kitchen was accommodating.
 

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Thank you!<br>
I was thinking about it this afternoon, wondering if I'm the only vegan weirdo that gets herself into these situations. I'm glad to see others actually run into issues in the beginning and learn their lessons. I bet all of us have been there - at least once! Where you are kind of socially stuck at something and there is absolutely nothing to eat and you are really hungry!<br><br>
I was just curious what everyone does in these situations. Because I was so hungry and low blood sugar I contemplated actually picking out the cheese from the ziti. I was curious to know if any vegan here has actually done something like that- because it sure was going through my head! I didn't thank goodness (I did send my husband out) but it was really a very tricky social situation.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>fadeaway1289</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2981945"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br><br>
Holy crap woman! You are crazy busy. Your life drains me of energy just reading about it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br></div>
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Tell me about it. You don't even want to know the extent of it.<br>
Two kids, 2 and 1 years old, a large house to maintain, a large family with millions of social events, and a part time job.....thats just the start of it. I'm exhausted by now (when my kids finally go down to sleep) - but now I have to begin cleaning up my house and preparing food for tomorrow. Its 9:45pm and I'm just getting started. Then I get my wake up call from my daughter at 5:30 am.<br>
I'm stalling by messing around on my forums.....lol
 

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Vegan lesson of the day: Always pack snacks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mollycakes</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2982043"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Tell me about it. You don't even want to know the extent of it.<br>
Two kids, 2 and 1 years old, a large house to maintain, a large family with millions of social events, and a part time job.....thats just the start of it. I'm exhausted by now (when my kids finally go down to sleep) - but now I have to begin cleaning up my house and preparing food for tomorrow. Its 9:45pm and I'm just getting started. Then I get my wake up call from my daughter at 5:30 am.<br>
I'm stalling by messing around on my forums.....lol</div>
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Sounds exhausting for sure! You should stash some snacks everywhere you can like the kid's diaperbags, your purse, car, work desk or locker, husband's car, etc. Fill up baggies with things like nuts, dried fruits, granola, trail mix, pretzels, crackers, dry cereal, protein bars, etc. and store them in every little compartment that's available.
 

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Sounds exhausting for sure! You should stash some snacks everywhere you can like the kid's diaperbags, your purse, car, work desk or locker, husband's car, etc. Fill up baggies with things like nuts, dried fruits, granola, trail mix, pretzels, crackers, dry cereal, protein bars, etc. and store them in every little compartment that's available.</div>
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These are great suggestions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
With my low blood sugar I wasn't used to bringing things around when I went vegan, because I was used to just buying snacks from places, but many snacks that you can just pick up really quickly away from the house, like from fast food places, aren't vegan because milk and eggs are common in common, quick, sugary snacks. Now I've learned about packing snacks and things to be prepared, and I also have good snacks that I can buy in bulk and are vegan (all the snacks I kept getting I later realized had honey <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">).<br><br>
If you've slipped in situations with no snacks don't stress about them now, too, because I look at veganism like a journey, and I'm pretty sure all vegans have either made mistakes, slipped up, etc., or some of each before, on accident, on purpose, whatever, but the mistakes you make can better prepare you to prevent situations like that in the future.<br><br>
I've realized since going vegan it's not just about eating different, because there are so many little what if situations you encounter that you never thought about in advance, and there are lots of little details about things, too, like low blood sugar, but all you can do is prevent them the best you can and learn from the situations you've encountered to make veganism fit and work for <i>your</i> lifestyle. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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