By now, most people will recognise the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, or at least, a diet that consists of significantly less meat than people used to eat. However, many of us have been life long vegetarians, and have grown up in a time when it really wasn’t that common. If you are one of those people who has been vegetarian for longer than a few years, you will be well used to people’s reactions, some good, some bad, and some just plain weird. Here are some things that every long term vegetarian will understand.
People Are Constantly Concerned About Your Protein Intake
All of a sudden, people will worry about how you could possibly be obtaining any protein from vegetables. ‘But…where do you get your protein from?’ is a question we all know all too well. “Well, Susan, I get it from eggs, and from all of the vegetables that I eat that are super rich in…you guessed it…protein!”.
People Often Try To Justify Their Own Diets To You
Occasionally when you tell people you are vegetarian, they will respond with something like: ‘Oh but I only eat meat from time to time’, yea…it’s not the same thing.
Health Or Ethics?
Ah this old chestnut. Are you vegetarian for health reasons or ethical reasons? “Well Susan, I’m vegetarian for both reasons.” It’s like as if the two are mutually exclusive and shouldn’t exist side by side as a rationale for being vegetarian. You can be one or the other. Most of the time, the health thing they get, but the ethical thing, they really do not.
Restaurants Can Be Annoying
It’s really difficult to establish a favourite restaurant if most restaurants only have one or two vegetarian options on the menu. It’s weird, because only meat eaters can eat meat based dishes, but everyone can eat vegetarian dishes, so it makes literally no sense for an establishment to only have one or two options on the menu.
People Try To Catch You Out
This is one that happens a lot. ‘Oh you’re vegetarian are you? But you’re wearing leather boots! You’re a hypocrite’. “Actually you’re making assumptions, and I am not wearing leather boots, nor do I wear or own any leather products, thank you very much Susan.” As if you weren’t aware of the fact that leather actually came from animals. Also, everyone’s vegetarianism is personal to them. They may be vegetarian for health reasons so have no problem wearing leather.
You’re Judged If You’re Fat, You’re Judged If You’re Thin
People are super judgemental of everything about you as soon as you say that you are vegetarian. If you are thin, people criticise you for being underweight, and not getting enough proteins and fats in your diet. If you are someone with a few extra pounds, people assume all you eat is chips and cheese.
Uh…Plants Are Alive Too You Know.
“Plants have feelings too, do they, Susan? Really? Funnily enough, I wasn’t aware that cabbages had central nervous systems, or had the capability of sentience. I’ll bear that in mind the next time you’re chowing down on a rare, bloody steak, while I’m eating my aubergine parmigiana.”
No Idea How To Cook Meat
Yea, we have no idea. If you’re not one of those vegetarians who can’t even stand to look at the stuff, you might want to try cooking for your friends. This can be a big mistake because you can’t even taste the food as you’re cooking it. How do I tenderize it? What do you mean lightly sear it? Did I score the ham, score it out of what???
So there are just a few little annoyances that us veggies have to put up with on a regular basis when dealing with you carnivores. Just remember, unless someone is shoving it down your throat and being an ass about it, there is no reason to question their dietary requirements or preferences.