11 Common Misconceptions about Vegetarians
Jun. 12, 2010 9:35 pm
Updated: Jun. 15, 2010 5:48 pm
Hey guys - it's been a looooong time since I've been on AR! My work has started to crack down on internet usage, and since most of my ARing was done at work (haha), I haven't been on lately. But, I got a random urge to do a blog, so here it goes:
I'm vegetarian. It's been three years now since I decided to stop eating meat. People decide to go vegetarian for different reasons - they want to eat healthier, their doctor may recommend it, some just do not like the taste of meat, and many do it for moral
reasons. For me it's the latter, I just couldn't stand to eat something that was once living. Before I decided to stop eating meat, there were times I had to make an effort to not think too hard about what I was eating in order to do it. If I really thought
about where my food came from, I would start to cry. One day I thought, "If I need to not think about it in order to do it, I really should just
not do it." I haven't consciously eaten meat since that day. And I couldn't be happier! It was one of the best decisions I've made in my life.
Whenever people find out I'm vegetarian, I get a whole slew of questions. I've realized that people have this preconceived notion of what a vegetarian is. This blog is dedicated to breaking some of those misconceptions.
These are all questions/comments I've gotten from people before:
1. "You must hate people who eat meat, huh?"
Not at all. My own fiancé is a total carnivore - he loves bacon! I don't think any less of people who eat meat. People have their own beliefs and morals, and I completely respect that. Just because vegetarianism works for me, doesn't mean it's for everyone.
Once people find out I'm vegetarian, they seem to get a little nervous as if I'm judging them. Trust me, I'm not judging! I respect other people's choice to eat meat, and all I ask is they respect my choice to not eat it as well.
2. "So, do you throw red paint on old ladies fur coats?"
Although I am vegetarian for moral reasons, I'm not eccentric about it. Not all vegetarians are preachy like most people think.
3. "You must eat really healthy!"
I wish!! The truth is, I eat a lot of unhealthy food - lots of cheese, fried stuff, and carbs. Oh jeez, carbs are my downfall! Breads, pasta, potatoes, and rice. Now that I think about it, I really need to start eating better. . . haha!
4. "You must be in great shape!"
Again, I wish! From my experience, people seem to think that all vegetarians are extremely health conscious people who eat right and exercise regularly. Just like I need to start eating better, I also need to start exercising more. Now, I'm not overweight,
but I defiantly have some extra weight I wouldn't mind getting rid of!
5. "I bet you eat a lot of veggies and fruits."
Not really. Another similar question I get is if I eat a lot of salads. I never eat salads! I pretty much never eat raw veggies (including lettuce) - they always give me a tummy ache. So, any veggies I eat are cooked really well. I also don't eat nearly as
much fruit as I should.
6. "Be careful, since you're a vegetarian you don't get all the vitamins/minerals you need."
Actually, as of my last check-up, I'm in the normal ranges for all my vitamins/minerals. Even iron and protein! And I don't even make an effort to make sure I'm getting all of them. I just eat normally, and I'm getting them just fine. :D
7. "Do you still cook for your fiancé?/Cooking must be really hard for you."
Yes, I still cook my fiancé all his favorite foods - even bacon! Just last week I made him bacon wrapped burgers! haha Not only that, but I've gotten used to making both a meat and meatless version of a meal at the same time without using too many dishes or
taking too much time. (I want to write some blogs about how I do this. :D)
8. "Can you still go out to eat?"
A lot of restuarants have at least one meatless dish on their menu. Even if they don't, it's usually pretty easy to ask them to put the meat on the side. My fiancé's favorite thing about me being vegetarian is that he gets the meat I don't eat! For example,
I might order a chicken quesadilla and ask that they put the chicken on a separate plate. Then when the food comes out, I give the plate of chicken to my fiancé. Everyone wins!
9. "So you're vegetarian. Does that mean you don't eat dairy?"
No, not eating dairy in addition to not eating meat is vegan. A lot of people seem to confuse the term vegetarian and vegan. However, I do plan to go vegan at some point, but I just love cheese so much! When I decided to go vegetarian I didn't need to "wean"
myself off of meat, I just did it. I think I would need to gradually eliminate dairy from my diet though.
10. "Do you eat a lot of tofu?"
Not a lot, but I do like tofu. I really would like to make it more often, but besides Asian dishes I really can't think of what to make with it. (Do you guys have any suggestions or recipes? :D)
11. "You're probably a tree-hugger/recycle everything, huh?"
It seems that when people think of vegetarians they picture a person with long flowing hair frolicking in a meadow holding hands and singing kumbaya with other vegetarians. :P haha I'm just your average person when it comes to recycling - I try to do some,
but I'm not eccentric about it. My fiancé and I have been trying to be better about recycling, but we don't do it very regularly. Right now we're trying to recycle our paper and cardboard products.
Now, this doesn't mean that there aren't vegetarians that eat salads, are in great shape, and recycle religiously. The above applies to me specifically, but it just goes to show you that stereotypes aren't always true.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my blog. I'm still pretty new to this, so let me know what you thought in the comments! :D