So last weekend was a true test to my convictions as a vegan, I was kindly sent this article http://www.goveg.com/effectiveAdvocacy_personal.asp and this was pretty much my ethos when I first went vegan. When I initially announced it to family, I got the usual, "what about your health" and "oh its too hard"etc. But I think most of them kind of got that this time I was sticking to my guns and I was going to do it.
On the weekend we drove down to beautiful Bunkers Bay, we stopped off for a coffee break and while I went out to get some gas my BIL bought me a coffee. Only after did SIL remind him that I only had soy did he realise, and apologised profusely. I had no qualms drinking it, I decided that I was not going to make a fuss and that it was a genuine mistake and there was no way I was going to demand another coffee from the very busy cafe.
We then stopped off at a gorgeous winery that served German food, with Markus and BIL being of German background Markus set aside his vegetarianism for lunch. Then we were left with me...what was I going to eat???? So after a squize at the menu I realised that I had to do some tweaking and eat the least offensive dish. I chose the pumpkin gnocchi with out the feta which was part of the dish.
While I did not feel guilty about having to make these exceptions, I got thinking about how lenient is too lenient and what kind of message am I sending if I will compromise so easily. I would never have eaten meat if there was nothing else on the menu, how far is too far? How many times do I compromise before I become a plastic vegan. On the other hand do I dig my heels in and stubbornly refuse to eat anything that has animal products in it no matter what the situation? Is there a fine line you cross each time?
I would appreciate any comments and feedback on the situation. I am a new vegan and I am still finding my way.