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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
Jun. 12, 2010 10:52 pm
Stopped in to say "hi"!
Jun. 13, 2010 3:26 am
I'm glad you answered some questions for people. I'm mostly vegetarian, but I will have a few meat dishes now and again. Meat, fish and poultry are certainly not the main focus of any of my meals, except for the Thanksgiving turkey. Your comment about the exercise issue struck me as funny---how often are people on the average American diet asked about their exercise habits?
Jun. 13, 2010 5:20 am
Great blog. Glad to hear from you again, was wondering what happened and how the cake making was going. I hate when work has to interfere with the more important things in life-LOL.
Jun. 13, 2010 6:23 am
Nicely done! I am often asked "What - are you one of THOSE vegetarian people now"? when I dont eat meat. Sigh~ like I want to explain myself to people I meet at a BBQ or an event! I am not much for outspoken, assuming folks so I just smile and turn away. Truth is I am just not a big lover of meat. I do have some on occasion but only a bite or two. My family loves meat and so I make it for them. I could happily skip it all together, and yes - I too have thoughts about the morality of it. I just dont feel the need to explain it at a BBQ! Great blog Crystal!
Jun. 13, 2010 6:42 am
In my experience, *any* time you don't eat the usual way, people ask a million questions and don't really "get" it. I have Type II diabetes, and control it with diet and exercise. People ask me the weirdest questions and assume even odder things! ~~ Good luck with your quest to eat in a way that's best for you.
Jun. 13, 2010 7:04 am
Hi Crystal! I've missed you and was wondering if you went off on an exotic trip or something!! :-D Nice blog. I work with a young woman who is a vegetarian and her fiance is not - she is a lot like you. I've gone to her several times asking about what to feed a vegetarian as there is a vegetarian in my son's fraternity and I've cooked for them before. It wasn't too tough to find something he could eat in place of the meat. I've made a few meatless meals for my carnivorous family and it's met with strange looks and comments, but if they're hungry they'll eat what I give them, as long as I promise a nice, juicy steak the next night!!
Jun. 13, 2010 8:06 am
I was raised with vegetarians around me and it wasn't until the late 80's that they suddendly were cast as something "out of the norm". Before that, they were just people that chose to not eat meat. I remember having a lunch at their home and coming home to tell my mom about that great sandwich or a wonderful burger that wasn't meat. If they ate at our house, we would prepare a meatless dinner. I never understood why vegetarians were suddenly cast as radicals.
Jun. 13, 2010 2:10 pm
I would LOVE to read blogs about how you cook a vegetarian and a meat meal at the same time!
Jun. 13, 2010 10:53 pm
Yeah you should really write those blogs about making veg and non veg food at the same time. Life would be so much easier if we could all master that. Great blog btw
Jun. 15, 2010 5:48 pm
:-) I'm a vegetarian (I'm the one that doesn't like meat) and I'm married to a meat loving guy! I get all the comments - I just play along - its been almost 20 years for me!
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