10 Problems Every Vegetarian Faces During The Holidays

10 Problems Every Vegetarian Faces During The Holidays

Family dinner is much more difficult than you'd think.

The holidays can be a great time for families to share stories and eat delicious food together. Having only recently adopted a vegetarian lifestyle, I didn't think twice about the impact my diet would have on my relatives. Little did I know, my meat-less diet came with some problems surely every vegetarian has experienced.

1. The shock settling in that yes, you are really not eating meat this year.

You can almost see their eyes widen as you politely wave away that plate of turkey.

2. The incessant questioning on why exactly you’re vegetarian.

Many people have different reasonings behind why they choose to not eat meat. Yes, I’d love to explain to you the rationale behind my choice, but it gets old after a while. How many more times do I have to explain that I just want to reduce my carbon footprint Aunt Janice?

Honestly, is it socially acceptable to just hold a forum at the beginning of dinner?

3. When Uncle Steve jokes, “You’re so brave! I could never go off meat!”

Really, it’s not that big of an adjustment switching to a vegetarian diet. I can still eat cheese and milk, I just find my source of protein elsewhere. Going vegetarian is definitely doable and you could stop eating meat too Uncle Steve if you put your mind to it.

4. Inevitably your very presence brings about a political debate you did NOT want to get into.

Yes, climate change is real Great Aunt Becky and yes I’m going vegetarian to help combat that. Can you pass the potatoes?

5. Relatives will take every chance to question you about your ethical choices.

Yes I know there’s gelatin in these gummy vitamins I’m taking and my purse is FAKE leather Margaret step off.

6. You don’t want to seem burdening so you don’t question the restaurant choice.

I try to be a very chill person because I know it’s hard to accommodate my diet sometimes. I feel bad and don’t want to make you stress unnecessarily so I say it’s not that big of a deal if you choose the restaurant we go to. But I mean, it can be disappointing when there is only two meatless options on the menu. Salads are good though, I’m not complaining.

7. You cook a lot of your own food during the holidays.

You never realize how meat is in all the meals your Nana makes for the family. Sometimes you gotta fend for yourself (which can be a struggle if you can’t cook).

8. You find yourself nervous to tell people you’re vegetarian.

It’s almost a curse word. Some people don’t even understand why someone would go vegetarian. How do I casually bring up that I just don’t want to eat the turkey Aunt Susan toiled over all day? I am never one to turn down food, but if it clashes with my diet please know it’s not a slight to you I swear.

9. People trying to tempt you to eat meat

Yes, I know it smells good Patricia but keep your bacon-wrapped pork to yourself; it’s not working.

10. Some meat-eating people openly worry that you’re going to try and “convert them”

First of all, that’s not how it works. And chances are, whatever I say isn’t going to sway you anyway. It’s a very personal decision and one only you can make for yourself. I honestly am not secretly judging you for eating meat, just like I hope you’re not judging me.

Whatever problems you face, keep rocking it vegetarians, and have an awesome holiday season. You’re helping make the world a greener place.

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."

I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches New Girl knows about True American. This crazy, non-sense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in Season 1 Episode 20.

The game, as described by New Girl character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game number one: the player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game number two: the player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game number three: the player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."

Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.


You are now able to impress all of your New Girl-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly and enjoy!

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7 Healthy Foods College Students Can Eat That Aren't That Expensive

Eating healthy does not have to be expensive - it's the world telling you that.


I hear it sitting in class. I hear it on the bus. I hear it in the grocery store. "Eating healthy costs so much money."

You're right. Healthy food isn't cheap, but it doesn't have to be expensive. Your Chipotle burrito and extra queso aren't cheap either. Buying healthy food items at the store and meal-prepping is the easiest way to make healthy food cheaper, point blank. I wanted to showcase a few healthy options, along with their prices, to prove healthy options are justifiable.

1. Carrots

Organic baby carrots from Walmart are $3.40 with 10 servings. That means each serving of carrots is $0.34. Skip the $3 chip bag at the gas station and pack some carrots.

2. Bell peppers

Sweet mini peppers are SO YUMMY to snack on. They're sweet and crunchy; what more could you ask for? At Walmart, a 1 lb. bag is about $3. Yes, you can be the cool kid like me who carries around a lunch bag in college.

3. Hummus

Be careful with this one. I could eat a whole thing of hummus in one sitting, so I buy it sparingly. A container of hummus usually runs around $5, but as long as you're eating an actual serving size, it can last one to two weeks.

4. Craisins

Look for the craisins with no added sugars, or else they're bound to be loaded with sugar. These are a great snack or something to add into a trail mix or on top of oatmeal! At only $6, a bag of craisins should last you about a week and a half.

5. Fruit snacks

Again, watch the added sugars. At only $8, these come out to be about $0.25 a pack. If you can't take around an actual apple or banana, fruit snacks are the way to go.

6. Snack bars

These can get expensive. That's why you need to bulk-purchase. Snack bars are also notorious for containing too many added sugars. I always go with either KIND at $1.40 per bar or CaveMan at $1.60. MUCH better than purchasing only one at a gas station at $3-$4 a pop.

7. Veggie straws

These things are addicting, not going to lie. A bag of veggie straws with 15 servings comes out to be $0.33 per serving. Once again, if you stick with the serving size, they'll last and you'll save money.

8. Wheat thins

Wheat Thins are for grey days because they make me as happy as coffee, especially the Tomato Basil kind. With 15 servings, each serving comes out to $0.25. Want two servings? $0.50 won't break the bank.

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