Stolen sandwiches. Someone reheating kedgeree in the microwave. Obligatory cake for three days in a row, because April is a ‘birthday month’. Yup, food is a tricky issue in the office.
And January makes it all just that little bit more complicated - a whole host of ‘New Year, New Me’ diets, booze-free pledges, and the word that strikes fear into every steak lover’s heart: Veganuary.
January is the designated month for self-improvement. And that’s why, whether it’s for health, environmental or moral reasons, Veganuary has really taken off. A whole month of saying ‘later’ to meatball subs, cheese fondue, bacon butties, and clotted cream.
Sounds tricky if you’re a fan of those things, but many go for it. In 2019, 250,000+ people had a stab at a meat and dairy-free diet and 500 companies pushed the campaign too. So there’s a good chance you, or someone you work with, is trying it out too.
There’s a real movement for veganism and vegetarianism at the moment, and businesses are noticing. With Greggs following up its vegan sausage roll with a quorn-based steak bake, KFC offering up a no-chicken burger, and supermarkets introducing new plant-based ranges, it’s getting easier and easier to join in. Easy enough at home, but how does that work in the office?
Food at work. It’s a minefield. With packed lunches going missed from communal fridges, certain individuals abusing the free food and/or snacks laid on by your employers (I know you’ve had three diet cokes today, Gary!), the unpleasant smells wafting from the microwave or charred-bread-filled toaster… it’s exhausting.
And that’s not to mention the pressure of office ‘cake culture’, where any will to resist that second homemade brownie is tested by well-meaning peer pressure, and the difficulty of arranging a team lunch at a restaurant that everyone will A) like, and B) find something they can actually eat at. Introduce a new wave of newbie vegans, and some care is needed. And on that note…
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