4. Be flexible.
This is where you’re going to have to make some decisions for yourself.
For me, this means that when I get free Chik-Fil-A breakfast at work and there aren’t any sandwiches without meat, I take the sausage off one of the sandwiches and enjoy it anyway. For you, it might mean that you skip the free Chik-Fil-A altogether. No one’s forcing you to participate.
If you choose not to eat parmesan cheese or marshmallows or Guinness beer or any of the other seemingly vegetarian foods that contain sneaky animal byproducts, that’s totally fine! But if you can make something work within your own rules for vegetarianism, please do.
5. Get used to ordering off the appetizer menu.
If your friends are cool, they’ll probably be overly concerned with finding a restaurant that serves vegetarian food for your convenience. Thank them for their thoughtfulness, but assure them that you can eat pretty much anywhere.
In my nearly 7 years of vegetarianism, there have only been three restaurants in which I’ve been completely unable to find something to eat (Lookin’ at you, Applebees).
You might have to get a little creative, but you can make it work. Order a couple sides if you have to.
6. Don't pretend you don't like the taste of meat.
Seriously. You’re not fooling anyone.
Bacon is delicious. Salmon is delicious. Couldn’t you go for a good steak right about now? You could. I know it. No one has ever fallen for the “meat is gross” routine.
Tip No. 7 is along those same lines…