Given the fact that there are millions of vegetarians around the world, you’d think people would have got used to the idea of vegetarianism by now. It’s really not a difficult concept to grasp. We don’t eat meat: we do eat, uh, everything else basically. Here’s a list of annoying questions that vegetarians deal with on a regular basis:
1. “So what do you eat at restaurants?”
Y’know, chairs and tables. And napkins sometimes because I mean, there is obviously nothing edible for a vegetarian to eat at a restaurant. We make do somehow.
OR: “You eat at Subway? But you’re a vegetarian. What do you get?” – The same stuff as you, minus the meat … as in bread with vegetables and sauces = subway sandwich.
2. “But you can still eat fish and seafood, right?”
When did fish stop being an animal? Please tell me because I’d love to know.
3. “You’ve been a vegetarian ALL YOUR LIFE?!”
4. “But what about *insert meat dish*? I couldn’t survive without it! How do you do it?! How do you live without it?”
OMG I’ve been a vegetarian all my life?! I don’t eat meat and still manage to survive?!?! THE SHOCK! …. It’s meat, not a vital organ I’m opting to go without. I’ve been a vegetarian all my life and I’m still alive somehow, so it is most definitely possible to live a happy, healthy life without meat and I’m living proof. Your inability to fathom the idea doesn’t make it any less true.
5. “But you must crave meat sometimes. When you smell it, don’t you just wanna devour it?”
What makes you think that I MUST crave meat? I know many people who were horrified once they looked into the meat industry and quit eating meat, and yes, many do admit to craving meat sometimes. But from what I know, if someone has been a vegetarian all their life (like me), it is extremely rare to feel that way. I have never craved meat in my entire life. The smell or its appearance doesn’t tempt me in any way whatsoever. On the contrary, I accidentally ate pepperoni pizza once as well as ham tea biscuits from Tim Hortons and it made me very sick. I lost my appetite for days.
6. “I couldn’t ever become vegetarian. That grass/salad life isn’t for me.”
Do you really think vegetarians survive solely on “grass and salad”? … FYI, meat isn’t that hard to work around. There are plenty of absolutely DELICIOUS foods that don’t include meat. Contrary to popular belief, vegetarians don’t live on lentils and beans, aren’t a band of hippies, and don’t chill in the fields with baskets of fruits and vegetables all day.
7. “I feel sorry for you. You’re missing out.”
The number of times vegetarians hear this is RIDICULOUS. Surely a part of me must be depressed that I don’t eat meat. The assumption that I’m missing out on life because of my vegetarianism is absolutely absurd. This comment didn’t phase me before, but it’s beginning to get on my nerves. I’m not bashing on you meat-eaters for eating meat, so please respect my choices as well. Need I remind you that I CHOSE to be a vegetarian? Nothing is stopping me from eating meat. I could very well just grab a chicken nugget right now if I wished to do so. I don’t need to eat animals to live when there are plenty of other food options. Stop trying to make me feel as if I’m missing out on a crucial part of life.
8. “Are you a vegetarian because you’re an Indian? Is it because of your religion?”
Believe it or not, not all Indians are vegetarians/Hindus who worship cows. There are millions of meat-eaters in India. Have you ever tried our butter chicken? Heard it’s amazing. Also, people from all cultures, backgrounds and religions choose vegetarianism for different reasons.
9. “Where do you get your protein from? Do you have an iron deficiency?”
There is a common misconception that vegetarians are deficient in protein, iron and calcium. Meat and fish aren’t the only sources of protein, if you aren’t aware.
Vegetarian protein sources: whole grains (e.g. quinoa!), nuts, soy products, beans, dairy and eggs, and more.
Vegetarian iron sources: spinach, dates, beans and legumes (e.g. lima and kidney beans), and more.
Vegetarian calcium sources: MILK, dark green leafy vegetables (e.g. broccoli and cabbage), and more.
10. “So you’re one of those animal rights freaks.”
Yes, many vegetarians love animals (who doesn’t? They’re adorable, loving creatures!), but that doesn’t mean that is the only reason why they are a vegetarian. There are a myriad of other reasons to become a vegetarian, but many people seem to have a hard time understanding that. Unfortunately, upon finding out that I’m a vegetarian, many people start an unnecessary debate with me about animal rights. Can I please just eat in peace?
11. “You’re a vegetarian, but you eat animal crackers! HAHAHA!”
Good one, mon ami. Good one.
12. “If you were stuck on an island without any fruits and vegetables and ONLY animals, would you eat their meat? If I gave you a million bucks to eat a ham sandwich, would you do it?”
What’s with all the hypotheticals?! Meat-eaters love finding out vegetarians’ exact breaking points and knowing there is a scenario where they’ll cave on their morals. A favorite seems to be figuring out the amount of money it would take to make a vegetarian turn to meat. And to answer your question, if I was to eat meat on an island, I’d eat yours, you jerk.
13. “Do you hate me because I eat meat?”
I have better things to do with my time than hate you for your food choices, so no, I most certainly do not hate you for eating meat. But ask me more dumb questions and I will.
14. “Do you think you’re a better person than me because you don’t eat meat? Are you going to try to convince me to be a vegetarian too?”
I hate how people project pretentiousness onto vegetarians. First of all, being a vegetarian doesn’t instantly make you a good person. I don’t preach others about vegetarianism, nor do I think I’m better than anyone because I don’t eat meat. Secondly, just because someone eats meat, doesn’t mean I think he or she is a cold, heartless person. Most people never even consciously make the choice to be a meatatarian – they were simply raised that way and never really gave it another thought. That’s why many people opt to vegetarianism or veganism later on.
15. “Do you care if I order meat? Do you mind me eating meat in front of you?”
No, I don’t care what you order. Eat whatever you want, wherever you want, however you want.
16. “Animals are made of meat. Doesn’t this mean they’re meant to be eaten?”
People are made of meat too. Go home and eat your family for dinner.
17. “Ah, you’re a vegetarian! That explains why you’re so skinny. You need to get some meat on your bones. Don’t starve yourself.”
I HEAR THIS COMMENT ALL THE TIME. Just because someone is skinny doesn’t mean he/she isn’t eating well or is starving himself/herself. Ever heard of high metabolism or genes? Assuming that a vegetarian must be skinny is downright moronic. Also, elephants are vegetarian.
18. “You think you’re helping the animals? You’re actually eating their food.”
Say we decide that it is cruel to eat plants, since they are alive and presumably have sensations of some sort, what am I supposed to eat? There isn’t much left on the menu if both meat and vegetables are removed. What, should I just starve then?
19. “Plants are living too. They feel pain when they’re pulled out or cut up to be cooked into food.”
As far as I know, no reputable study has ever shown that plants can “feel pain”. Plants don’t have pain receptors, nerves or a central nervous system. And even if plants did feel pain, the average meat eater is responsible for ten times more plants being killed than the average vegetarian because all the animals that meat-eaters consume, eat huge amounts of plants themselves.
20. What would happen if you ate meat?
The Gods of Vegetarianism would attack and curse me and I would die a sick, twisted death. Um, what would happen is that meat would enter my body … what did you expect me to say?
21. “Don’t you wish there was meat in that?”
Maybe I do, maybe I don’t. WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE IN YOUR LIFE? Just eat your damn meal.
22. “Can’t you just pick the meat off?”
If there was dog poop in your dinner, would you be happy to just pick the pieces out and eat the noodles?
Okay, I’ll answer the question properly now. I suppose it’s fine to do that, but it usually goes against most vegetarians’ ethics. Ordering a meat dish, even if he/she was to would pick out the meat, would still support the meat industry. Besides, it’s very possible for there to be remnants of meat/juice in the dish; the flavour may very well leak onto the food. I’d rather not take any chances. Personally, I wouldn’t want to pick it off because I wouldn’t be comfortable touching meat. I’ve never had meat brought into my house. Some vegetarians are so strict that they won’t even eat a vegetarian meal if it was cooked in the same pot/pan as meat was cooked in until after it was thoroughly cleaned.
23. “Why would anyone want to be a vegetarian?”
Oh I don’t know, maybe because of the tons of positives that come with it? People choose vegetarianism for various reasons, including compassion for animals, concern for personal health and the environment, world hunger concerns, belief in nonviolence, food preferences, or religious/spiritual reasons.There’s the fact that that vegetarians are less likely to die from heart disease, and studies show that they live longer than meat eaters. People may become vegetarians for one reason, and then later on adopt some of the other reasons as well.
Check out this website: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/why-go-veg-learn-about-becoming-a-vegetarian/
24. “I’m a vegetarian. I occasionally eat chicken or fish or whatever, but I’m a vegetarian.”
Please consult a dictionary for the meaning of the word “vegetarian”. Referring to yourself as a vegetarian does not make you seem more cultural or a better individual overall, if that’s what you’re going for. A for effort, but please stop calling yourself a vegetarian.
If your diet excludes meat, but includes fish, you are a pescetarian. If you don’t eat any meat except chicken, you are a pollotarian. FYI, these terms have nothing to do with vegetarianism because vegetarians DO NOT eat meat. However, for some strange reason, there are people who don’t consider fish or chicken to be animals, and thus claim to be vegetarian.
ON A SIDE NOTE, occasionally, you may meet a vegetarian who isn’t very nice and will, in fact, unabashedly and obnoxiously judge and bash all the meat-eaters or leather-wearers in the room. Although I respect when people stand up for what they believe in so strongly, the people they’re yelling at are also just trying to live their lives and probably don’t mean any harm to animals or the environment. So if you’re one of these people who bash on meat-eaters/leather-wearers, please stop being a jerk and making us vegetarians look bad. There are different ways to go about it. Then there are those people who try to trick you into eating meat. It isn’t a joke. Believe me, NO ONE is laughing. It’s extremely disrespectful and I WILL hate you for it. Just don’t attempt to do this. Ever.
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Hope you enjoyed it! Comment below and let me know if there are any more obnoxious questions/comments I left out!