How long have you been a vegetarian?
Nine years, though I usually have to stop and use my fingers to count.
Do you eat fish/dairy/eggs?
No seafood -- I don't think I've ever eaten fish, and I remember not liking shrimp -- but I do eat dairy and eggs. That makes me a lacto-ovo vegetarian. Someone who eats fish/seafood is a pescatarian. Someone who abstains from all animal products is vegan.
Why are you a vegetarian?
Meat -- what it is, where it came from -- just grosses me out. But I don't mind if you eat meat! I just can't watch you if there's any bones involved. Thank goodness there's always a million TVs at Buffalo Wild Wings!
Is it hard?
Quitting eating meat, for me, because of the reasons I stopped, it wasn't. The first thing I stopped eating was deli lunch meat and then it went from there.
Some parts of being a vegetarian are difficult -- especially travelling and being a guest at someone else's meal.
And when I first stopped as a self-conscious 15 year old, sometimes people's reactions were difficult. One girl on my volleyball team was convinced it was for attention, and some boys from my church jumped around like bunnies, saying I only ate rabbit food. But as an adult, no one has really given me a hard time about it.
Do you miss meat?
Nope. I miss the ease of not having to worry about having enough options. And, in the first year or so, I used to dream about burgers occasionally. But I really don't miss eating meat.
But ...there are also some things you hear over and over again that can be pretty funny. So I thought I'd share some of my favorites. :)
You must have so much self control!!
Nah, I just don't like meat. You've never seen me eat ice cream.
I could be a vegetarian if I didn't love ______ so much.
Most common answer: chicken. Next most common: bacon. Sometimes steak.
I could never be a vegetarian. I don't like tofu.
Pah-lease. While I've eaten tofu, I have never cooked it for myself, which means it's not a regular staple in my diet.
Are you allowed to eat _____?
This one always cracks me up. It's like someone out there is stopping me from eating certain things. His Highness the Ruler of Vegetarians will kick me out of the club if I so much as look at an egg.
Yes I'm allowed to eat eggs and dairy. I'm also allowed to eat fish. I'm also allowed to eat meat. I choose not to, though.
I could be a vegetarian but I don't like cucumbers.
Oh yes, that is his Highness's greatest law. Thou must love cucumbers. :)
Are there any aspects of your life that people find really interesting? What kind of questions do they ask you?