My husband and I are pescetarians (vegetarian, although we do eat fish or seafood once a week).
We were invited to my daughter's boyfriend's home last night for dinner. BF's parents know we're pescetarians, but cooked a casserole of rice + chicken chunks, anyway, with a side of steamed carrots. the hostess actually remarked, "Oh, I realize you don't eat meat, but I figured you could pick the chicken out of the casserole."
My husband and I had the BF's parents over to our home previous, and we made a meatless chili + a chili that included meat, and had a lengthy discussion on our dietary restrictions, so I know the parents are fully aware that we don't eat meat.
When the casserole was passed around, my husband and I each took a spoonful of it, then picked out the chunks of chicken pieces and ate the remainder.
However, this morning, we were both running to the bathroom with diarrhea and cramps.
(*for those of you who will say meat is fine to eat and we should buck up...we've not eaten meat for nearly 7 months now, so when we do, this is how it affects our intestines/stomachs...with cramping and diarrhea. Just like when you have a baby and you're introducing meats into their diet, you first start with pureed veggies/fruits, and then work your way to meat. If you start with meat, their bodies aren't adjusted to digesting meat protein so they get stomach upset).
Anyhow, what should've been our response? Or...conversely...what should the hostess have done differently? Anything?
For anyone interested in why we don't eat meat, we don't eat it for several reasons, (which is NOT the point of my post but I know several of you CMers will ask):
- The meat in most grocery stores comes from factories/farms where the animal is fed genetically modified food, the animal has been given hormones/shots that sits in the meat, and sometimes the animals are treated extremely inhumanely at the slaughterhouses.
- Organic, free-range meat is best, but studies show (from harvard and elsewhere) that vegetarians have a healthier body than meat eaters, overall.
- Studies show that meat-eaters suffer more cancer and physical disorders than plant-based eaters.
Anyhow, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the etiquette question.