7 Strange Habits Every Hardcore Vegan Has
Apart from being relentlessly adamant about avoiding animal products vegans have a few habits that are considered quirky, and just a little strange to non-vegans. It sets vegans apart in more ways than one in a way that the typical omnivore might find utterly ridiculous, but with good reason. For long-time vegans, a few of these are just regular habits picked up on their vegan journey; but if you are looking to go vegan, you might want to be aware of these weird habits, and realize there’s nothing you can do to dull down the weirdness. It comes with the territory.
How do you identify a vegan from a group of shoppers? They are probably the only ones hunched over their vegan food items, closely studying their labels in absolute concentration. Most omnivores skim through the fine print – but vegans can’t afford the ‘luxury’ of eating just about anything, and they are not taking any chances.
- Use Unusual
There’s always a familiar humming sound coming from the kitchen of a vegan. It could be anything from the dehydrator which is frequently in go-mode while making some tasty eggplant bacon or drying out some vegan meat strips into vegan jerky, to a wheat grass juicer that is probably whipping up some banana ice cream – even though the juicer often looks like a medieval torture device. And that is only two, out of the 10,000 possible kitchen gadgets used to make a little vegan magic.
- Make Their Own
Mid conversation with a vegan, you will find that they use strange looking phrases like “I have some cashews soaking to use for pizza tonight”; which should sound like quite a string of strange words to the average omnivore. Even though vegan “cheez” isn’t exactly like dairy cheese, you probably won’t miss the real stuff once you start experimenting with recipes. Cashew cheese (made by soaking cashews and then blending them with fresh herbs) is probably the easiest and most popular, and there are also dozens of recipes for vegan cheese made from nutritional yeast.
- Keep An
Impressive Jar Collection
Think about it, how many vegans do you know that throw out jars from things like pickles and olives? Probably none. This is because the jars often come in handy for storing weird staples bought in bulk. Everything from rice, lentils, flax meal, and the different types of seeds you’ll probably need for making vegan meals, all need a good jar to sit for a while in the cupboards.
- Travel with
Stockpiles of Food
Veganism is popular, and vegan food just as well, but finding GOOD vegan food while on the road isn’t always easy, so vegans tend to hit the road with entire arsenals of food. You will find that the average vegan has a flax meal stashed away somewhere, and maybe some soy milk and killer vegan pancakes – but no vegan wants to go hungry. Most especially because, they don’t want to be tempted to negotiate their veganism.
Saute, Grill… Just About Everything
Being vegan often means that you have to become a lot more experimental with food than most omnivores. Besides having a vegan cook book handy, it is important to blend in at social functions without feeling too left out. So, don’t be surprised if vegans show up to a BBQ and start throwing things like pineapple slices and papaya onto the grill along with the kind of yummy veggie burgers you can find at vegefood.com
- Talk About Poo
Bowel movement problems are a rarity with vegans, all those fruits, vegetables, brown rice and whole wheat pays off in seamless trips to the john. So don’t be surprised if you stumble on vegans chatting quite freely about their bowel movements. If you had good bowel movements, you would probably know that some poos are worth talking about.