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.
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.
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.
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”)
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.