Do you relate to any of this?
Girl, if I can go plant-based vegan with a full schedule, no vegan friends, and no vegan restaurants
near me you can too!
I'm Zoe Cordeiro and I help women like you rock their transition into the plant-based lifestyle so they can finally align their daily actions with their core beliefs.
Keep reading to learn how to eat plant-based at any restaurant, anywhere.
When it comes to eating out as a plant-based vegan in a normal restaurant I have 2 tips for you.
1. Be prepared
2. Have an open mind
These 2 tips will help you eat plant-based anywhere!
Let's get into them!
This is the motto of the plant-based lifestyle.
Because you think and eat differently than the world around you you have to be prepared every single time you leave your house.
My husband Gabriel often laughs at me for bringing snacks everywhere I go. I never leave the house without my water but more importantly for this subject, I never eat out without looking at a menu first.
Reading the menu beforehand will save so much time!
You will be saving the time of your waiter and the friends you go to eat with.
Here's how you can do it...
Go onto the restaurant's website, look at their menu.
Go through the dishes and look for vegan options (keep in mind that they may not be marked as vegan), if you can't find any dishes that are already vegan dive deep and see how you can DIY them.
Most restaurants are more than happy to work with you in this area.
Call the restaurant and see how they feel about working with you.
Remember to be kind and be clear.
Not many people know what plant-based veganism is so be patient and explain. (we don't eat meat, dairy, or eggs. We try to avoid added oils and sugars.)
Once you find a few restaurants in your area and select your favorite dishes you won't think much about this. You will get comfortable with reading menus and eventually you won't even sweat it but, it does take a lot of ground work.
Click here to hear about my chain restaurant go-tos and what I order at every type of restaurant.
Keep an open mind
I have said it before and I'll say it again, you CAN eat vegan anywhere!
You just have to keep an open mind and let go of your expectations. Girl, Expectation is everything.
I hate to say it but sometimes when you go out with friends you aren't going to love your food.
But you will be eating something and socializing. And, isn't that what it's about?
If you're going out to eat because of necessity rather than sociability then you will have the ability to go to a
place that you enjoy.
For example, when I go out with my friends they might want to go to a BBQ restaurant where my only option is a side salad and fries but when I am alone I will go to a place like Panera bread and get a veggie soup in a bread bowl. That's the only vegan option at Panera but it is still super delicious!
You won't always have to lower your expectations but remember that even if you do, you will still be social and get the opportunity to eat out.
Zoe Worlund Cordeiro
Zoe grew up in the heart of the South, Huntsville, AL. After spending most of her life avoiding animal products, she became a Vegan six years ago and hasn't looked back! Zoe is passionate about loving people, stewarding the planet's resources well, exploring new places, and pursing a relationship with Jesus. After a two-year cross-cultural & international relationship, Zoe said "Yes!" to her Brazilian-designer husband, Gabriel. After their wedding in March of 2020, Zoe settled in his hometown of Curitiba, Brazil and they hope to travel the world together.