James McWilliams, Texan academic and environmental advocate, has a great post on his website about staying vegan in Texas. We all have those awkward moments when Grandma or the Chairman of the Board puts a steak in front of us, and McWilliams has some great advice for dealing with it.
The one thing I would add to his recommendations is to make some vegan friends. They don’t have to be your best friends and they shouldn’t be your only friends (diversity, y’all), but it helps to have people to turn to who realize how absurd it is that the vegan option was a plate of lettuce with one tomato. While you’re sitting there munching on fibery-water, imagine how you’ll describe it to your friends and the experience will turn into a funny story that much sooner.