11 Things Vegetarians Are Tired Of Hearing

1. Don’t you miss it?

Not really, no.

2. Oh so you’re not actually a vegetarian?

Yea, technically I’m a pescatarian because I eat fish but then you would start making fun of that too so…….

3. But like what do you eat…

You know all that stuff on your plate that isn’t meat? I eat that.

4. Do you do it for the animals or because you don’t like meat?

For the animals. But also I don’t like meat – does it matter?

5. You know you’re not helping any animals, right?

I’M HELPING MORE THAN YOU ARE

6. Don’t you want to eat this big juicy steak?

No, not really. And I would appreciate you not sticking your food in my face.

7. What happens if you eat meat?

Nothing. Unless I consumed a large quantity and go sick, but most likely nothing.

8. Would you be upset if you accidentally ate meat?

I didn’t do it on purpose and I didn’t continue once I found out so, no.

9. What about bacon!??!?!?

What about it?

10. Oh is that why you’re so skinny?

Not eating meat has very little to do with if you’re eating healthy or not.

11. Your life must suck.

As a vegetarian/pescatarian who DOESN’T shove their lifestyle down other people’s throats, kind of like what you’re doing when you ask these questions, no my life does not suck.

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76 thoughts on “11 Things Vegetarians Are Tired Of Hearing

    1. It is so exhausting to be asked these questions all the time lol every time I meet someone new I have to explain all of it all over again. And seriously I think some people think I don’t eat at all even though there are SO many vegetarian things haha

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  1. What about the planet? I’m a meat-eater, but the best reasons in my mind for going non-meat is that the oil/water/soil costs to eat meat (coupled with the methane produced by livestock) are destroying the planet. Does anyone ever use that as their main reason for ditching meat?

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    1. I never really use it as a main reason and don’t often hear it, though it is a legitimate one! Many people who are critical of vegetarians are also critical of the people trying to save the planet. Sometimes explaining reasons like that just ends up as a conversation with a brick wall lol

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  2. This was an excellent post. Thanks for sharing. My one concern for people switching to vegetarianism when my sister switched, was being sure to get enough and varied proteins, but most have done their homework, and frankly, vegetarian cuisine is awesome. I like to keep my options open, but I just watched Diners Drive-ins and Dives on Netflix and saw the “Heartless Artichoke” sandwich and the dish they call “Baby Beluga,” that made me want to move to Portland. I could almost smell the deliciousness.

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ When I first started out, I definitely had a problem getting enough protein so I do eat fish, just because I would be super unhealthy without it. You definitely have to do your homework before you try it πŸ™‚ My mouth waters when I watch the food network lol I’m obsessed with Chopped!

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      1. Annoying is not being given eggs or cheese because they have no idea the difference being a vegetarian and being a vegan. That was the worst part. However, having to go back on meat (over a decade ago with), I’ll never go 100% vegetarian again. The reintro to the meat world was the worst I’ve ever experienced.

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      2. oooh was it bad eating meat again? Since I eat fish, I don’t think I’ll ever really start eating meat again. But if I did it would probably only be poultry and organic but it seems unrealistic.

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      3. TERRIBLE! When I was pregnant with my daughter, I couldn’t stay full and I was swelling really bad because of soy products. The doctor said I should reintroduce meat into my diet (when I was 4 months along). because I had to limit my fish intake. Well, I did. It was like having food poisoning for another 5 months. Knowing more about nutrition now, I wouldn’t have done it, if I had to redo it. I have many vegetarian days, and make vegetable stock for all my dishes, but still have meat on occasion.

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      4. Well nature through me a curve ball and I have Celiac’s Disease. It’s life’s way of saying, “I’m going to make you eat healthier, whether you want to or not.” I’ve gotten used to it now. I just miss French rolls, baguettes, ok any bread with any gluten, beer-battered food, etc. But it is what it is.

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      5. Most of those alternatives suck or taste like cardboard. I prefer creating my own dishes; less preservatives that way too. Just eating out is the hardest. Waitstaff and their managers are still very ignorant of the true damage they cause because they don’t understand the seriousness of the disease.

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  3. I am a meat eater, but I do not have a problem with vegetarians or what anyone eats for that matter, there biz. But my mom is a vegan and when I go by her for dinner, I am usually leave still hungry and more drunk than usual because I didn’t have enough food to soak up the wine. Just sharing my thoughts that’s all.

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  4. I am also a pescatarian. Well, mostly. It has been a transition and I have slipped a little just before and after the move. However, I have been pretty strict about it again for the last week and a half, even thrown away what should have been a fat veggie burrito that had chicken in it. I don’t care if someone eats meat, I don’t have a bacon fetish, I don’t make things difficult at restaurants, why do they care?!?!

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  5. That’s funny, I’m not vegetarian and have never had a problem with the choice of anyone who is but regularly get peeved at vegetarians who question why I do eat meat and look down their noses at me for it! There are tossers on both sides of the fence who think theirs is the superior choice, I really don’t know why supposedly intelligent people can’t just accept the choices each other makes.

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    1. It’s so true that there are people on both sides. It probably boils down to people who can’t just mind their own business lol I think it’s okay to educate people very nicely about why you choose to eat the way you do, but there’s no reason to make them feel bad or attack them with gory details

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      1. More like some people actually care about saving and protecting animals. It’s far from a personal choice to harm other beings, and no we aren’t going to “mind our own business” if you are killing and harming our fellow earthlings. I’m sorry you can’t see that.

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      2. Everyone really has their own reasons for eating and not eating meat. I’m not really fully against eating meat, we’ve been hunters since the beginning of time, it’s the torture and abuse that comes with it that is unnecessary and disgusts me. But like I said, everyone has their own beliefs and it’s hard to force them upon others.

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      3. But that’s like saying its a belief when someone wants to kill a dog for no reason. You’d be against that, right? Well we’ve been killing unwanted dogs since the beginning of time too. Doesn’t mean it’s ethical. We shouldn’t keep doing something harmful just because it’s a tradition. Otherwise, we’d still be raping and killing people left right and centre too over silly disagreements. Tradition is not an excuse to do harm!

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      4. Well killing something without a purpose is wrong, yes. But not the same thing as killing an animal for nutrition and food – which I am a vegetarian so I do agree with you – but I do understand other ways.

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      5. Considering very few people in this world need animals products to survive or thrive… I hope you switch your thinking about that. And I hope you go vegan as well, to stop harming animals further. The animals could really use you on their side!

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  6. there are times it’s just so gross; there are times i’m like a werewolf on the moors; i’m very handy with turmeric, curry, lentils, and spices! no real sense arguing much at all, i think. eat, and i am grateful for the food i have. πŸ™‚

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  7. Great post. It has been about four and half months ago that I went to a vegan diet (I try not to refer to myself as “a vegan” as if one’s diet was the only thing that defined a person). My SO and 27 year old son also went vegan a little before I did. All of us are peppered with these kinds of questions. I love #9: “What about bacon!??!?!? What about it?” Great response. The big question we get is “What about pizza!?!?” since we don’t eat cheese.

    I was vegetarian for a couple of years in the 90’s, and tried going vegan, but made it about a week. These days there are so many more options out there that weren’t available back then. Even Walmart carries such things vegan “pesto” and “sour creme” (although I try not to support them with my $$$). It does take some research, and even more so, one has to plan out when one is going to eat, since most of the food out there to get on the go isn’t vegan-friendly. Yet places like Subway offer a vegan patty sandwich is pretty good (along with the various toppings) and in Portland, OR, a Vegan grocery is coming this year (unfortunately I don’t live there anymore) which is run by a German individual who has about nine or so of them in Germany.

    We were constantly asked: “What are going to do on Thanksgiving?” I posted on my blog about it: We had green curry with coconut milk soup, mashed potatoes, butternut squash slaw, stuffed Portabella mushrooms, candied yams, and cranberry sauce. For desert, an apple crumble pie. I was totally stuffed.

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I recently started adding one vegan day a week into my diet which I am loving! Although I don’t think I’ll be ever to transition all the way, I admire you for being able to! I actually get daily texts from PETA (though I don’t 100% support them) with vegan recipes which makes it really helpful πŸ™‚ There are so many yummy subsitutes, it’s great everyone is making an effort! Your Thanksgiving sounds delicious!! People think we are crazy, but they don’t realize how great vegetarian/vegan food can really be.

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      1. One of the things I’ve noticed since changing my diet (which has including dropping for the most part junk food) is that I can taste food better, the spices and such are so more intense (and yummy).

        One way I do respond to people is just say “Do you just eat a pork chop or a hamburger or cooked chicken leg? No. You add condiments and sauces. Many of those same condiments and sauces can be used on things like tofu and such.” I also sometimes add, “You can just eat Doritos and Oreo cookies and call yourself a vegan.” πŸ™‚

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  8. So true. Love it! Thanks for sharing! IΒ΄m tired of hearing those too. IΒ΄d add to the list: “IsnΒ΄t that so hard, I mean I could never do that” No, itΒ΄s actually very easy and you canΒ΄t say that if youΒ΄ve never tried it…. I get number 3 so much…
    Anyways, I really liked this post. πŸ™‚

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  9. I just happened upon your blog through another one. My husband and I are transitioning to vegan. And we love meat. Lol. What we don’t love is the industry of killing. We’ve read and seen too much to not do our part.
    Anyway, this is the first post I’ve read. If you have any suggestions on how to transition, it’d be fun to read them!

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    1. Good for you!! I would cut out all meat but keep fish, then cut that out, then start trying vegan once a week and then more! I’m currently trying to eat vegan once a week and loving it πŸ™‚ I think if you really want to make a difference, it won’t be as hard as you think. Good luck!!

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  10. Oh holy cow, you are TOTALLY singing my song here. I’ve been a vegan for 9 years now and people will NOT shut up about it. The same people say the same things…….”how do you get protein?” “What about cheese?” “Are you sure you’re getting enough iron/vitamins/yada yada?” I can turn around and ask all the same questions of my meat-eating friends. It’s very tiresome to keep smiling and answering the same idiotic questions over and over again. Glad to share in this misery……..:-)

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