Since it’s ‘Veganuary’, I wanted to publish some sort of vegetarian themed post. This might not be a beneficial topic, but hopefully it’s something you can relate to! I know vegetarians and vegans tend to get a bad reputation for pushing their lifestyle on others, but I don’t feel like I’m very vocal about it. I don’t want people to be rude about my diet, so I don’t want to be rude to others about theirs.
In the future, I hope to go at least mostly vegan. Since I’m living with my parents at the moment and they pay for most of my food, I currently am not. I try to use vegan substitutes whenever possible though, which should help me transition if I do eventually go vegan. One of the things I was most concerned with was coffee creamer (I certainly love my coffee), but I’ve found a non-dairy/vegan version that I enjoy! I’m also looking into more cruelty-free and vegan products to use when it comes to cleaning, beauty, etc. Anyways, even as a vegetarian, I still run into people who look down at my diet.
Most of my family and friends are accepting (some have even became vegetarians or have started eating less meat too) which is much appreciated. It’s people that I don’t know who tend to have a negative outlook on vegetarians. I’ve even had Uber drivers try to argue with me about my lifestyle. In this post, I wanted to share some of the remarks that have annoyed me the most.
DISCLAIMER: If you ask me any questions about my diet in an earnest and respectful way, I’m completely fine with it! Some of my friends even lightly joke about it when we hang out, and it doesn’t bother me. I simply hate when people try to tell me what I should be eating or try to mock my lifestyle without knowing anything about it. If you’re not a vegetarian or vegan, that’s your choice and I understand that!
Don’t you just crave a nice, juicy steak? That makes my mouth water just thinking about it!
Yeah, that’s a big no. Some vegetarians might miss it, but meat actually grosses me out. I’ve worked with food and can be around meat just fine, but I honestly think I’d be sick if I ate it. I wasn’t very fond of meat prior to becoming a vegetarian, so it’s honestly something I do not miss. I even stay away from some of the vegetarian substitutes that are supposed to imitate meat. I HATE when people know that I’m a vegetarian and continue to keep specifically talking to me about different meat products as if expecting me to say “oh man, I actually really do miss that” because that is not the case.
You don’t have to kill the chicken, so what’s the big deal?
This comment irks me. If there’s something you wouldn’t do, then why blindly make others do it for you? I don’t want to kill a chicken, so I don’t want anyone killing one for me. It doesn’t matter if I see it or not; I don’t want to support it.
Not eating meat doesn’t make a difference/help the environment.
A lot of people say that making sustainable changes to your own lifestyle doesn’t make a difference-it’s only one person after all. I, however, am a strong believer that even small differences help. Sure, there’s lots of vegan/vegetarian products that are not beneficial either, but the meat industry does so much damage to the environment. Going vegan is also more of a lifestyle than simply a diet, and these people also tend to be advocates for many environmental and animal rights issues. In addition to the environmental aspect, I wanted to go vegetarian for animal rights and health reasons, so going vegetarian also makes a difference in that regard (check out my post behind my reasoning here).
You must not get the nutrients you need.
I’m physically doing fantastic, so I really don’t see where this one comes from. I play sports and have crazy endurance; my diet honestly helps me thrive. I also had a friend go vegetarian for a few months to help him lose weight and eat healthier, and he was killing it. He’s a huge meat-eater though, so he occasionally will eat meat now that his diet is finished. He definitely still goes with vegetarian options though!
There’s also vitamins and supplements available that can help anyone who has any nutrient deficiencies when eliminating meat and animal products from their diet.
You’ll never get a boyfriend if you can’t cook good meals for him.
Who knows, as I’m currently single, maybe this one is true. Do I care? Nope. I’m not going to change my beliefs for a guy.
On a serious note, most of my ex-boyfriends actually stopped eating meat for a while or were completely okay with sharing vegetarian meals with me. Besides, I don’t want to force anything on anyone; if someone wants to be a vegetarian, I’d rather it be their choice than mine. As I mentioned earlier in this post, I have worked in food service, and, surprise, I can still cook meat without eating it.
Is it okay if I eat this in front of you? It has meat in it.
To be honest, I’m normally too hyped about my food to pay attention to what you’re eating. The answer is no, though. I’m not trying to stop you from eating. There might be some vegans or vegetarians that might hate this (I don’t know), so I don’t really get mad about this question if you’re actually concerned this will upset me.
Do you get any recurring comments about your diet? What are they?