NTDL #30: Openly tell people you are a vegetarian

BUT WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN?!

I swear, if I hear that one more time…I might just…*takes deep breath*…tell them exactly where I get my protein 🙂

I have no doubt in my mind, if I told people I was addicted to prescription pills…worked for the CIA…or liked country music! They would be less shocked than when I say that I don’t consume animal meat.

It is quite a funny phenomenon. When someone says “I’m a vegetarian” or god forbid, “I’m a vegan”, people react in the following ways.

Horrified:

1. OH MY GOSH! WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO YOURSELF PEOPLE NEED MEAT TO SURVIVE! HOW ARE YOU STILL BREATHING?! WHAT LED YOU DOWN THIS DANGEROUS, REBELLIOUS PATH OF FOOD-ENDUCED MASOCHISM?!

Response: It’s just a food choice…ethical or health reasons are often the cause. That’s it.

2. Defensive:

Well, I think people need meat to be healthy. You probably have so many vitamins and mineral deficiencies. Do you think you are better than me because you lead this hippie lifestyle? I hope you don’t. Stop looking at me with that condescending stare.

Response: 1. probably farthest thing from a hippie 2. Was just telling you I don’t eat meat. Don’t really care what you eat.

3. Interested:

Oh…so what do you eat then? How do you make that? Does it taste good? Where do you get your iron and protein? How long have you been a vegetarian? Are you an animal activist? What made you decide? What’s your favourite colour? Do you know the meaning of life?

Response: My favourite colour is grey, thanks for asking 🙂 (I know, I know it’s a “shade”)

4. Informative:

Well, I read this recent study that eating meat is necessary to live. Yeah, read it last week. Oh I also read this other article that stated being a vegetarian/vegan is detrimental to the progress of society so you should really re-consider. I’ll send it to you BLAH BLAH…

Response: Cool. I have read a lot of articles claiming the opposite. Let’s agree to disagree.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Food choices don’t define who you are, so let’s move on.

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