9 'How I Met Your Mother' .GIFs That Perfectly Capture The Vegan Experience
Start writing a post

9 'How I Met Your Mother' .GIFs That Perfectly Capture The Vegan Experience

It's gonna be legen — wait for it — dairy-free!

9 'How I Met Your Mother' .GIFs That Perfectly Capture The Vegan Experience

What do veganism and "How I Met Your Mother" both have in common? You have no idea what you're getting yourself into when you first start and by the end you're left emotionally ruined but all the better for having committed to it.

These nine "How I Met Your Mother" .GIFs perfectly capture the vegan experience.

1. When you first decide to try veganism.

Whether for ethical, health, or conservation reasons, you've finally decided to try veganism out for yourself, and boy are you committed. After watching countless upsetting documentaries and pinning lots of new plant-based recipes to your Pinterest, you're ready to go. You know it's going to be difficult — that's why they call it a challenge — but you're up for anything.

2. When the vegan "substitute" isn't what you hope it will be.


When those cravings hit and you're in desperate need of some mac n' cheese, sometimes plain pasta and marinara sauce just doesn't cut it. Finding the perfect replacement for your favorite comfort foods takes a lot of time, money, and trial and error. But no matter how hard you try, you'll never be cheese, cashew cream, so do us both a favor and stop trying.

3. When you meet other vegans.

You've finally found them, people who understand the struggle of finding the perfect dairy-free ice cream, or who can tell you the best spot on campus to find a veggie burger. Making new vegan friends is a great way to stay motivated and sharing your experiences with each other reminds you why you started in the first place.

4. When you find a really good vegan restaurant.

Don't get me wrong, fresh fruits and veggies are delicious but eventually, salads get boring when they're all you can eat when you go out to dinner with friends. So when you stumble upon a new restaurant with amazing dairy-free nachos or a great portabella sandwich, it can be overwhelming. No one will drive an hour and a half for food like a disgruntled vegan.

5. When your older relatives don't approve of your new eating habits.

It's not your grandpa's fault that he thought you could eat his fried fish, but the exacerbated look he shoots you when you politely stick to the side salad and potatoes is unnecessary. When you switch to veganism, you usually have to learn how to cook for yourself, if you haven't already, or otherwise go hungry. Your mom, understandably, isn't going to cook you an entirely separate meal.

6. When your non-vegan friends just don't get it.

When you're hanging out with friends on a Friday night and they're trying to order pizza so you guys can watch a movie, explaining the whole vegan thing can be tricky. Someone will offer to get half without pepperoni and you have to explain how you can't eat cheese either, or one of your friends will announce that you're a vegan over and over while you hide your face in your hands and promise to remember to bring your own snacks next time.

7. When you eventually break.

You tried time and time again to resist the sweet siren call of McDonald's when you're drunk at 1:30 in the morning, but this time you just couldn't resist. The chicken nuggets are amazing when you're eating them but afterward, you're left with a stomach ache and a lot of guilt. But remember it's okay and that one slip up is not the end, you've still got this!

8. When you realize how expensive vegan food is.

Eating vegan on a budget isn't impossible but it certainly is difficult. Sometimes you have to make the choice between saving money or splurging on the expensive but oh-so-delicious pseudo chicken strips at the grocery store. And most of the time, the chicken strips win.

9. When you realize how awesome you really are.

Veganism is hard and it takes a lot of self-control to do it right. But despite the slip-ups and the occasional crying spell over fettuccine alfredo, what you're doing is amazing and you know it! Keep it up, for the animals, the planet, and yourself!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments