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9 Things NOT to Say to a Vegetarian

Posted by on Jul. 11, 2012 at 10:48 AM
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9 Things NOT to Say to a Vegetarian

Posted by Jeanne Sager on July 10, 2012 at 4:30 PM

vegetarianIn 15 years of being a vegetarian, I've had one big rule. If I want people to respect my choice, I have to respect their choice. So yes, I married a meat-eating man. Yes, I hired a babysitter who hasn't met a piece of bacon she didn't like.

I've been trying not to become one of those vegetarians. You know, the type you avoid at all costs? So it's true, when I saw the survey that claims meat eaters are more judgmental than vegetarians, I felt ever so slightly vindicated. Those of us on the veg side may have work to do to be more accepting, but all you carnivorous types could make it a lot easier if you'd just stop saying ANY of the following to the vegetarian folks in your lives:

1. Have you ever actually TRIED meat? Yes, I know you think that if I would only try it, I would magically be transported to carnivorous bliss. Alas, I haven't "just" tried it. I ate it for 15 years, and yet I still chose to go vegetarian.

2. You're a vegetarian? You have an awful lot of meat on your bones for a vegetarian. Most ones I know are very bony people. So, I'm not just weird, but I'm ... fat?

3. Oh, but this isn't meat, it's seafood. That's nice, but I still don't eat it.

More from The Stir: Are Meat Eaters Really More Judgy Than Vegetarians?

4. Are you really going to eat that [insert name of vegetable here]? Yes, I am! Now, are you really going to masticate that mass of bovine muscle? Let's chow down together!

5. Do you eat chicken? Hmm, let's think about this one, shall we?

6. Anything that involves picking something off a tree and presenting it with the word, "Hungry?" Unless of course you'd like me to grab a random fly out of a spider web and do the same to you?

7. How can you live without bacon? About as well as you live without cauliflower!

8. You know you could die if you don't get enough protein. And on that pleasant note ...

9. Can't you just pick the sausage out of the sausage and peppers? Here's an idea. Think of a food you can't stand. Now let me serve it to you, and YOU try to pick it out of your food and stomach the flavor of it all over the other stuff. Good luck!

Come on vegetarians, throw your two cents in. What are some of the most annoying things you've heard people say?

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BelindaDuvessa
by Member on Jul. 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I'm not vegetarian, but I definitely sympathize with #9.  I can't stand onions, yet my husband insists on cooking with them.  They make me throw up, but I can get him to understand that.  I'll eat them raw, in moderation, but not cooked, so leave them outta my food, please!

I did get some flak from a coworker when I posted on Facebook that I wanted to try some more meatless meals, and if anyone had any suggestions.  He accidently liked the post, then replied "I didn't mean to like this.  I don't condone not eating meat."  I was like "Really?  Did I say that's a permanent thing?  I just want some diversity!"

Family4Eternity
by on Jul. 11, 2012 at 1:03 PM

 Not a vegetarian but have a daughter that is & I am supportive of her choice.

Stevied13
by Steph on Jul. 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM
Not a vegetarian and don't know any
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Shani527
by Shannon on Jul. 11, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Not a vegetarian but my half sister is (who I only met when I was 16 and kinda talk off and on) but she was cool with me asking questions and when she came to the family bbq she brought her own veggie burgers to grill up.

AmosFarkle
by AmyV on Jul. 13, 2012 at 7:54 AM

I was a vegetarian for over a year.  I slipped a couple of times (I lurve ribs!) but felt like a slug the next day.  It was a little difficult sometimes, but not impossible. 

At that time, I was running/jogging 20 min. every morning.  Going vegetarian seemed to give me more energy.  I did eat things like potatoes and beans, which have protein.

I also lost about 20 lbs. and looked as good as I did in my 20's, and I was in my early 40's.

Dang.  Why am I not doing it again?  I must be WEAK.  Can't run anymore, but I do walk every day...anywhere from 2-4 miles.  Maybe I should consider the veggie lifestyle.  I happen to love all kinds.

kurtkamkaitsmom
by Kerry on Jul. 15, 2012 at 11:36 PM

I'm not a vegetarian.. I dont think i know any

KaylaMillar
by Silver Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I'm not a veg and don't personally know any
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mommythree0508
by Bronze Member on Jul. 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM


Quoting Stevied13:

Not a vegetarian and don't know any
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.Angelica.
by on Jul. 22, 2012 at 11:23 PM

lol. i'm not vegetarian but i agree with the last one, i'd rather not have to pick at my food.

MamaJAG
by on Jul. 22, 2012 at 11:27 PM

We are a plant based family (no meat, dairy, little to no oil, refined sugar, easy on the gluten).  I understand.

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