I’ve been a vegetarian for almost a year now and I’m loving it! Apart from the vegetarian hate I sometimes experience.
My reason for suddenly turning vegetarian has been the result of years of outside influence. Being vegetarian is something I’ve always wanted to try since my teens, but it’s something I never sat down and decided to fully commit to. After looking into going vegan and vegetarian on and off for several years, I was slowly educating myself on the pros and cons of cutting out meat products.
I’ve read and watched many videos about the animal industry and how they are treated, I’ve read many theories about how cutting out meat can help improve your health.
One day last January I took the plunge, with the intention of only going veggie for a week. And I never looked back.
It didn’t really make much of a difference to my lifestyle, to be honest. I only really ate meat with salads, so just swapped that out for things like olives, humous, couscous and quinoa.
Eating out at restaurants became less stressful because rather than having a huge variety of dishes to pick through, I’d only have about 4 or 5.
Healthwise, I felt much better in myself but this was also a time when I had upped my exercise and cut out alcohol – so it’s hard to tell if it was the food that caused this.
The hardest part about being a vegetarian.
The trickiest part about being a vegetarian isn’t having willpower when you smell bacon in the morning.
The hardest part is people and their vegetarian hate.
I don’t really shout about being vegetarian and most don’t know until they’ve eaten out with me and ask. I’m a little reluctant to tell people.
And that’s because admitting I’m a vegetarian can mean I’m suddenly in the middle of some debate when I’m forced to defend my life choices and answer stupid questions.
DO YOU EAT EGGS? DO YOU EAT FISH? WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN FROM???
I’m pretty happy to answer anyone’s questions around vegetarianism, but more often than not, these questions are not asked because they’re curious. They are asked because they’re implying I’m an idiot for cutting meat out.
It’s almost taunting me and laughing at me.
They want to know what I’ve replaced meat with, if I feel ill, if I care about animals, what’s so bad about meat?
It’s almost like people want me to go into a full-on debate about why I’m vegetarian and why meat is so bad. They treat me like I’m judging them and they feel the need to defend WHY MEAT IS SO GOOD FOR YOU. Truth is, I don’t want to debate or defend myself. I don’t really care what other people eat. I don’t hate anyone for eating meat.
I know some the pros and cons of eating meat but I’m not an expert. I don’t know all the data, science and facts around it and I don’t have any desire to start learning them just so I can pull data out of my ass every time someone is calling me stupid for not eating meat.
I’m not judging anyone for eating meat. You can eat what you wish. I don’t think it’s disgusting or awful. It’s just a thing some people do and a thing some people don’t do.
I’ve read a few articles about people disliking vegetarians. There is this stereotype around that says all vegetarians/vegans are these smug group of people that think they’re better than you. But it’s not true try. I’ve met a few other vegetarians and they seem to feel the same way. It’s not something that even needs to be a conversation.
There might be some people that preach about vegetarianism. But there are also some people that preach about quitting smoking, about God, about exercise, about Yoga, about Call of Duty..
So now, whenever someone asks me why I’m a vegetarian, I simply reply I‘m vegetarian because I want to be.
Are you a vegetarian? Have you experienced vegetarian hate?
Or are you a meat eater who has experienced a vegetarian trying to influence you to change your lifestyle?