Some of my best friends are vegetarian.

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I don’t hate vegetarians, vegans or people who just breathe air until they die of starvation. I just hate tofu, lentils and anything made of soya that is supposed to taste like meat.

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I couldn’t care less what you had for dinner.

I do suffer from limited patience with people who think they are better than me because they expel enough lentil gas from their rear ends to power a small city.

There’s recycling and there’s recycling.

I also suffer from a malady called sense-of-humor-itis that makes me poke fun at anyone who takes themselves way too seriously.

There is also the looming horror of having to prepare a gourmet vegetarian lunch for my son’s school next Tuesday.

His father is determined to enter into the parental competition and plans for me to whip some Nigella Lawson magical mystery meal.

Cook em rightI was just going to pop into the deli and beg a platter of something and some humus, but apparently I have to pretend that I can whip up a meal that my carnivorous 7 year old will actually eat, but that is obviously uber-healthy and contains no meat, fish, dairy, gluten or traces of nuts.

A very long time ago I met an old man in the streets of San Francisco who said to me, “This is a city of fruit and nuts. I am a fruit and I am a nut. You are what you eat.” And then he walked away humming happily to himself.

I was in fact once a tree hugging veggie person myself. Admittedly it was a bet. I can’t resist a good bet. I lasted my year exactly on the nose before ordering a massive rare fillet steak. By then of course, I was also suffering from kwashiorkor.

It seems to me that now anorexia and bulimia are a no-go people are trying to control their diets by becoming vegan, fruitarian, breatharian and lactose, glucose, gluten and food intolerant. Also these people love to put restauranteurs into paroxysms of panic as they order the most complicated thing on the menu and gradually turn it into a Greek salad.

If you like something, just say so, you don’t have to come up with a medical reason for it. I hate broccoli, brussels sprouts and wheat germ. I’m not allergic to them, although the scent of their cooking makes me sick to my stomach. I just hate ’em. So I don’t eat ’em.

If you eat a certain diet for religious, ethical of health reasons, do it with class and don’t judge the rest of us too harshly.

I love the comments this has received. Wow, almost as much response as the llamas. Although the llamas still puzzle me.

So let me respond as I realise this is a far more touchy topic than Islanic jihadists.

I am very lucky that I live South of the Equator and most of our meat does not come from batteries and antibiotic laden cows. The chickens I buy run free (okay mainly in the streets of the township nearby, but happy nonetheless). Even better, a lot of our meat is game, which is healthier and nicer anyway.

I did live in the States for a bit and after eating a steak there ended up living on Penne Napolitana after my stomach rebelled at all the additives.

Would I slaughter a cow for my dinner – probably not, and here’s where I fall back on traditional male female roles for a handy escape route. My husband would.

Being a vegetarian in a country of meat and two veg means that you end up eating a lot of Greek Salad and ubiquitous vegetarian platter – butternut, creamed spinach and a baked potato.There is only so much Greek salad you can handle.

My colleague, is importing Amazonian grain that has the texture of caviar and is worth its weight in gold. He’s vegetarian, recently vegan in an effort to reduce his cholesterol. I’m trying not to eat cheese in front of him. Apparently it is a lot like lighting up a Camel in front of someone who is trying to quit. Also – he sees a dietician – a lot.

As for the puppies and kittens that Westerners don’t eat – what can I say – don’t order a bunny chow off the street in Durban. Actually, that’s an urban myth – but I’m not chancing it.

We are all lucky enough to live in countries where we can eat whatever we want, where we can change our diets to rid them of allergens. My father-in-law grew up in Dachau. Pigeons, rats and anything on four legs was fair game. Survival mattered. Nothing else. Would you judge him?

And while you’re weeping for the chicken I had for supper last night, I’ll drop a prayer in for the brussel sprout who died screaming in his little vegetable soul. Until prana is a viable source of nutrition, we’re left with what the world can provide. Hopefully, prana will be a whole lot cheaper.

Lions cannot be vegetarian. Without them plucking off the old and sickly Impala, we’d be overrun with the pronking little beasts. Witnessing a lion take down a buffalo is a truly humbling experience. I won’t lie and say I didn’t weep. I did. I also came to terms with the wild.

I care less about why you choose the diet you do, then I care about the sex of the people you sleep with, the colour of your undies and what religion you follow. All are deeply personal choices. If you feel you need to justify them, you need to examine your own motivation.

By the way, mine are purple. Just in case you cared.

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I write because I have to. It is a compulsion. I do it to vent, to laugh and to remember. I blog because it has been so long since I had to write with a pen that my hand would go into cramp if I tried to write a journal.

296 thoughts on “Some of my best friends are vegetarian.”

  1. I’ve been a vegie for 11 years, and your post was so funny! I loved the cartoons too. 🙂

  2. I’m a vegetarian who NEVER speaks about my diet (well, except now !) unless I’m ask to, mainly because there are many things more fun to speak about but also to avoid conflict. However, I have to say that often some people feel agressed by my plate of, let’s say, rice and brocoli and THEY start the discussion, assuming that I consider myself as better than them because I eat the way I do. Guys, I’m sorry but I love brocoli, I don’t think anything like that, I just want to eat my lunch and have peace. So I don’t judge your plate, really, I don’t, so don’t even look at mine, and everyone is happy !

    1. I completely agree! I never talk about my dietary choices or harangue others for eating meat, but often when someone realizes I’m a vegetarian they will become uncomfortable. I don’t know if they’ve had unfortunate encounters with vegetarians in the past, but look–I’m not suppressing any rage or hiding any red paint in my purse. No need to get defensive. Let’s just appreciate that we have different ways of eating and leave it at that.

    2. same here. I make no fuss about my vegetarianism. Jus try to make seem completely normal. It’s the neighbors who ask why and stuff.

      but to the original poster, loved the post! 🙂

  3. Wait. Are you from South Africa too, by any chance?

    My best friend and her wife are vegetarian. The wife because she is basically allergic to EVERYTHING, the friend, because she’s allergic to the idea of eating anything that could be petted (They have a pet teacup pig, which probably doesn’t help your love of bacon).

    But it hasn’t stopped me yet. Does that make me uncaring about the suffering of other living creatures? I don’t know. Probably. Which bothers me somewhat.

    But I think that to anthropomorphise them to the point where you can’t condone ANY suffering to make them food is shying away form the fact that they would have had plenty of suffering in the wild.

    My wife also has a great answer- Battery chicken is cheap. It sucks for the chickens, but if it wasn’t produced that way, it would be expensive. And I’d rather have chickens suffer than children. Because without cheap meat, all a lot of kids will get is Pap (Maize meal porridge).

  4. Congrats on being freshly pressed 🙂
    I giggled through most of the article.. especially at the pictures. Wonderful stuff.. shared on my facebook. 🙂
    You have a point about the vegans and vegetarians. Thanks for the article.

  5. This is a very complicated topic that embodies so many different aspects of life. I am curious however, to what made you write about vegetarians? From a psychological point of view would you say the mere factor that someone would decline the habit of eating meat–strongly suggest that they are better than the meat eaters. Although I think your writing is interesting but, I couldn’t find the humor in it–simply because you are embarking on something that has a lot to do with respect for Life, Love, Health, Freedom, and Happiness.

    1. My colleague is a vegetarian and I shared one of the photos with him and he thought it was hilarious. Also, my son’s new school is vegan. He reacted to the news with tears welling up and a wail “I don’t wanna be a vege, a vege, a vegetarian!” He once came home from his previous school to inform me that all animals were God’s creatures and we shouldn’t eat them. I said I was alright with it, but he would have to eat vegetables. After we ascertained that bacon was not a vegetable he thought about it and then said, “I shall speak to Father Ian, I am sure God will make an exception”.

  6. You’re expressing exactly what I’m feeling about this topic. I’m vegetarian and it sucks, if someone is talking about vegetarism like it is an whole religion. It’s fucking not! I Thank you! Thank you very much!

  7. Loved reading your blog.
    Yea the ‘holier than thou coz i am vegetarian’ is totally not done.I am married to a vegetarian and love my seafood and share of goat meat.Growing up in India, in a cosmopolitan area where you had high caste brahmin vegetarians living next door to meat eating muslim families – never ever noticed this I am better than you attitude.We all lived with a feeling of respect for each others religious, living and eating differences. But that was 30 yrs ago.Today if you are a meat eater and want to live in a certain neighbourhood with too many vegetarians – good luck to you! You cant buy an apt just where ever want because of what you eat – how ridiculous! We need to be more tolerant as people.
    There are a lot of vegetarian options, its a vast menu. I just started my blog and posted some history on Indian food and soon will start with recipes. Check it out when you can.

  8. I’m a vegetarian but I could not help but laugh throughout this post. As far as I am concerned, if people want to eat meat, that is up to them, but I do know the judgmental uber-vegetarians too. Hilarious! Thanks!

  9. Your article had me and my husband laughing. I was a vegetarian for 4 years. my first year was just to prove to every that I could do it. After that is just got easier. Slowly I introduced meat back into my diet. Thanks to my husband I swear sometimes he is a carnivore. I do put more thought about what I eat. But, honestly if it tastes great I am going to eat it.

    Thanks for such a great post!

  10. I’m not vegetarian (far from it) and I don’t judge people who are as long as they don’t try to push it on me or if they happen to be my friends, are not picky at restaurants.

  11. I grew up on a farm where we ate all the meat we raised except the horses and dogs. So, I’ve never even considered being a vegetarian but respect those who do, for example my daughter. As for me, I’ll take good ole fried chicken anytime, and be grateful for it. And yes, I do like a good salad as well.

    Enjoyed your post!

  12. I have been a veggie for many years but would never consider myself a lentil pusher. I only tell people if they are cooking for me, and even then with an apologetic tone. The thing I find funny is that whenever my wife and I go out for dinner we end up swapping plates. She gets given the risotto, pasta, vegetable medley or baked whatever and I get given the stake. We just smile and swap plates when the server is out of the area. Cheers for the blog.

  13. I really enjoyed reading this! As a vegetarian for about 4 years, I have encountered some people who (I think) give vegetarians bad names. I am veggie for my own personal reasons and I don’t need to spew those out to people who don’t care or want to hear them. that just annoys everyone.

    I will say that sometimes those non-veggie people are kinda judgmental when they hear that you don’t eat meat. I generally don’t tell people I’m a vegetarian because of this. I have gotten really terrible and mean reactions from people who just don’t understand. So I think it definitely goes both ways. And I hate the question ‘why are you a vegetarian?’ it seems like that is the required question to ask when you hear someone is veggie. There is no correct answer for that question. even when it is the truth.

  14. Thanks for this – I actually laughed right out loud! As the meat-eating mom, aunt, and grandmother of voluntary vegetarians, and the mom of one child with serious food allergies (digestive and asthmatic), I can see all sides of this We taught our daughter to gently declne what she couldn’t eat in other homes, and now in her mid-30’s, she just quietly takes somethig she can eat with her if she’s going somewhere that might not have friendly options. She never makes it her host’s problem – although I’ve seen some waiters who wanted to throttle her. Of course, she started with her allergies as a child, when she didn’t want others to know she was different – but still, I heartily agree that those with other preferences (or needs) should to be more gracious to the rest of us!

  15. Great post. As a vegetarian myself (pescatarian out of necessity in country that loves pork), there is nothing that irritates me more than a self-righteous vegetarian/vegan/etc.. Do meat eaters define themselves by their consumption of meat? No. So why do so many vegetarians feel compelled to publicly define themselves by their food habits, and then judge others based upon their own standards? I’m not disagreeing with the posters who have been confronted about their dietary choices only to have meat-eaters call them “defensive,” but I have met many people who have looked down on me for my love of dairy, or the fact that I eat stir-fry made with oyster sauce.

    Of course, on the other hand, it gets annoying with people constantly jokingly offering me meat. You’re not the first to come up with that joke, you won’t be the last, and it’s just annoying after the 100th time.

    But great read, thanks!!

  16. Ah, now that was a refreshing read. Matter of fact the only thing that would have made the time spent reading this better would have been a juicy slab of venison, cooked just to a rare perfection. Like you I do try ( a little) to be sensitive to those that are vegetarian. However I do get irritated when I’m expected to eat it.

    I recall one night visiting my wife’s friends home, who is a die hard vegetarian with her arms fused around the oak in her back yard. They were having a community get together that I was less than excited to be attending in the first place, and to make matters worse I had just discovered that the menu was devoid of anything that had ever had a heartbeat. When my beloved wife approached me with her tray full of grass and asked, “aren’t you going to get some food honey?” I promptly replied, “I’d love to, but that isn’t food. That is what food EATS.”

    Thanks for this wonderful read, I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more in the future.

  17. I’m impressed you made it a whole year! I’ve tried a few times to be vegetarian and I’ve always made it about a month. All my attempts at vegetarianism have ended in a steakhouse.

  18. “I just hate tofu, lentils and anything made of soya that is supposed to taste like meat.”

    I don’t think I ate tofu more than once or twice the first year I was vegetarian because I hated it so much – now, I know that it has a lot to do with how it’s prepared. For example, if you go to a Chinese restaurant and get mai po tofu, it’s probably going to be really soft tofu – silken tofu. I found this pretty despicable at first, but now I enjoy it when I’m in the mood for it. However, if you get a dish that has a choice of chicken, beef or tofu, the tofu is almost always friend, and this is some other sort of tofu (not silken), and I find this much more palatable.

    In any case, if you give tofu, lentils, wheat glutton or what have you a chance, you might be surprised – a really good vegetarian restaurant makes all the difference.

    And in my experience, it’s meat eaters giving ME an attitude and harassing me about my diet – I don’t know any vegetarians that minister to meat eaters.

    1. We don’t have vegetarian restaurants! I last one I knew (I had planned to buy my school lunch from them) has closed it doors. Not enough vegetarians in South Africa!

  19. Extremely well-written, and it rings true with my carnivorous little heart. As a student I eat vegetarian a lot of the time (damn money) but if you put a steak tartare in front of me it’ll be gone in no time.

  20. Bear with me. I’m trying to post all of your responses, but it seems vegetarianism is quite a contentious topic. If I haven’t posted your comment, it isn’t because you are vegetarian, it is because I have been inundated and am trying to read them all.

    Vegetarian or not, thank you all so much for responding – WordPress beats Blogger hands down. I vaguely assumed only my friends and obligated family would read this. Vegetarians out there – please send me something easy I can make for this lunch that is looming large!

      1. That does look good. Even better you can’t really see any vegatables. My son regards anything remotely plant like as a threat to his existence. Hence why we eat a lot of pasta with vegetables pureed into mush.

      2. Tell me about it. I have two little brothers and when I’m at home I’m the one making the food. Go figure!

  21. Too Fun!
    You’re sooo right! People expend way too much energy trying to define themselves by what they eat (or don’t eat!).
    In a related note, in my book of ‘Quotes I’ve Heard’ a friend of mine once said,”Life would be really boring without food!”
    Thanks for this!

  22. Sorry, but all those gluten and dairy things that doctors told me I couldn’t have are my favorite foods not the things I don’t like… I do know the kind of insufferable vegetarians you’re talking about and I agree they’re tiresome. I gave up meat many years ago but found I’m not actually a body type that does well without meat and I really don’t care to have smug veggies intimating that it isn’t true.

  23. Absolutely! Of course we can choose to eat what we want. I just wish that I’d been given information about the horrors of feedlots and abbatoirs before I ate beef and pig products. After I learned of the misery of factory farmed animals I chose not to eat them. We’d never allow dogs or cats to endure these cruelties. Maybe it would be fairer all round (for us and the animals) if we weren’t protected from the realities of contemporary meat production. Let’s watch the footage and then make informed choices. Some will continue with their antibiotic and hormone laden meat taken from creatures who spend their lives festering in their own shit, forced to eat the ground up annual calves of the dairy industry (now mostly banned due to Mad Cow disease) and grain which they can’t digest so they’re in constant bloated pain, and so on….but a good number of people will find that they don’t want it. And I don’t get why it’s so funny to bag out vegetarians, but be so offended if we then try to explain why we avoid meat. Isn’t it my choice to eat what I like, just as it’s yours, without having this sort of inciteful ridicule posted? Sorry, but you see us as smug? Please.

  24. Interesting post! Hahaha,…i’m vegetarian and when people ask what I eat I go “the fuck out of indian food and pizza!” The hippy health nut types scare me,….especially in Berkeley. If you really have to make some uber healthy food free of all that chemical bullshit stuff, indian, ethiopian and italian food will give you alot of options. I’m curious to see the response I get when I go to Mecca for a pilgrimage this year. They ritualistically slaughter so much lamb and goat for ramadan. It’ll be like “OK,..seriously now who brought the white american vegetarian muslim who just puked in the mosque?”

  25. Love this article. I (fortunately) do not have many vegetarian friends but yea, the ‘I’m better than you” attitude has to go. I dont enjoy the guilt trip that they occassionally share with me by just saying “dont you know how they slaughter the……. (fill the blank with any animal)?”

    I dont like brussel sprouts and I dont eat worms either. I eat yummy stuff, including steak, cocholate, chicken nuggets occassionally, and pinneaple. Anyone that looooooves brussel sprouts, have fun. more power to ya, I’m not giving you the death stare and the comment “do you know how they pick that little sprouts off?”

  26. It’s interesting (and rather naive) that you think that people are vegetarian only for the reason of being “smug”. I’ve been a vegetarian my entire life, and I can’t even get myself to consider eating meat. Other than the fact that I think it’s ultimately just gross to eat something that once moved and breathed and had little babies, I think it’s also hugely unethical. In fact, that human beings of developed nations call themselves “animal lovers” while in the same breath munching on chicken legs is hypocritical and flatly just disgusting. Why does a dog get treated differently from a cow (in fact, the cow should be given more attention, just by looking at the sheer size of the creature!)? We can survive well and fine without meat, we can get all the nutrients and more without killing animals; furthermore, we can avoid a series of diseases, and health problems by being vegetarian. You should consider reading some Peter Singer! That all being said, I don’t necessarily think that one should be forced to becoming a vegetarian; I am the pickiest eater ever and I don’t believe that its an easy task to forego one’s eating habits and switch to something completely different. All I’m saying is that it’s important to understand the other side’s beliefs, rather than just dismissing it as “smug” or “hipster”.

    1. How am I not supposed to find you smug and self-centered when you tell me that I am ‘hypocritical and flat-out disgusting’ without ever knowing anything about me or why I choose to cuddle my cats and eat meat (who also eat meat, rather happily).

      I was a vegan and married to an animal rights activist for five years. I know why you think I’m “just gross” and I also know the ‘health benefits’ back and forth. And yet you haven’t heard me tell you that you’re a disgusting human being.

      1. I’m not making allegations on your character at all. I’m just saying that eating meat is unethical. That’s my point of view, because in my eyes, I don’t understand how the line is drawn between animals that can be eaten and those that can’t. It doesn’t make sense to me that people are horrified at the thought of eating a horse, when they’re fine eating cows. Perhaps you can enlighten me? Isn’t it “smug” when people condemn vegetarians as some random hipsters? I never called you or any nonvegetarian a disgusting human being. If you read my comment, I said that its ultimately the persons choice what they want to eat.

      2. Thanks for your comment. I support your decision to be vegetarian. I just ask you to respect mine not to be. I think ethics can me a very personal matter. I think if you live in a place or have the finanical wherewithal to make those high level Maslow decisions it is great, well done on your success, but be careful not to judge down the socio-economic scale.

      3. Definitely wasn’t! I am definitely not rich or extravagant. Most vegetarian foods are much cheaper than meats. Vegetables, lentils, etc., are less expensive than meats. Vegetarian choices in restaurants are less expensive than meat ones (though, I will agree that there are a lot of restaurants out there that don’t carry very many vegetarian choices). I will also agree that being a vegetarian in certain societies is harder than others (initially I am from India…very many vegetarian and delicious options; the same would not be said for say a German society or something). In any case, I do respect yours; I was just irritated by the way you commented on vegetarians as being smug or thinking highly of themselves, when most of the judging is done by people who are meat-eaters. I am constantly pestered with questions as silly as “how are you alive?!” to “how do you get your nutrients?!”. Perhaps the reason you think vegetarians are so smug is because you haven’t really given it a chance or tried to research on ways. From my own experience, I can tell you that its pretty darn easy to be vegetarian.

  27. I’ve never met an evangelical vegetarian.

    I meet carnivores who demand you defend your choices all the time, and once they’ve had the argument, claim vegetarians are defensive.

    I’m amazed you can get freshly pressed for trolling vegetarians. There’s really nothing better going on in WordPress right now that a handful of “Minority group! We mock you because you are funny!” images? One of the selectors must really not like vegetarians much. 8)

  28. I thought you article was really funny because it highlights something that need not be an issue. I am the only vegan/vegetarian in the family and I don’t say anything unless someone asks me about it. Unfortunately people do ask….

    From my experience, if someone does ask me to explain why I have chosen to adopt a vegan diet – I have a prepared line to reply: “I don’t agree with the treatment of animals in meat and dairy industry” – the questioner thinks I’m lecturing them and sometimes seem annoyed with me for saying my answer. I think my new line will be “no comment” to all further questioning. Sometimes people who already have been told I’m vegan say to me ‘Now don’t you try and convert me.” before I’ve even said hello to them or said anything at all. Albeit in a comical tone, I’d rather it not be a greeting method. It’d be a bit odd to greet someone of another religion like that!

  29. Back a few years ago (when everyone was still in their myspace phaze) my friend went through a perio of sending us all vegetarian propaganda, including videos of animal living conditions. She became so militant about it that we all started to veer steadily away. It wasn’t until she was told, by a doctor, that her body didn’t absorb protein properly and that she could end up dieing of malnutrition that she realised what she’d been doing and quickly apologised to us all.

  30. It’s delusional to feel superior because one voluntarily chooses to slap the the evolutionary determination, that we are omnivores, in the face. It’s like professing that I am giving up oxygen and will sustain my life with only nitrogen. Avoiding something because one is deathly allergic is different than saying, “No, I’m a _____.” This brings me to another point. Like religion, practitioners of one of the many vegetarian ‘sects’ pick and choose the philosophies most convenient for them to stick to, some of whom do not, so that they can claim the supposed status associated with it. Food is sacred to me. Treat it with respect, and treat those that prepare it and serve it to with respect too. The idea that someone would go to foreign country and turn his or her nose up at one of the quintessential creations of the locality, because of some perverted life choice, makes me sick.
    Sorry to be harsh, but if there were actually a rationale for avoiding meat or fish, or dairy or honey for the real extremists, which there really is not, then I could comprehend it, for I only become judgmental for irrational decisions.

  31. Very witty article 🙂

    For my part, I’m a vegan, but I didn’t start out that way. I was just as carnivorous as you or any other meat-lover. Then I had my gall bladder out and my stomach rebelled at any kind of cheese or beef. My wife was vegan, and I did most of the cooking, so I decided to take the plunge. Been at it for a while now and I feel great. I’m also glad I’m not eating animals, which I’ve always felt a bit uncomfortable about.

    From the point of view of a vegan, it’s pretty tough living in a meat eater’s world. You’re afraid you’ll offend relatives if you don’t eat their meaty dishes. Your restaurant choices are limited. And you don’t want to come across as pushy when you hold the line and eat only vegetarian food in social settings.

    And then there are people who dislike you because they feel you are judging them personally just by being who you are or talking about how veganism has a positive impact on your health, your emotional state, or the world at large.

    I would say — don’t feel judged by vegans. They are who they are, just like you, for personal reasons and for decisions they’ve made in their lives. And if they lord it over you, then they’re just jerks. That’s insensitive, immature, and, well, petty. But being vegan, I believe, is a good thing for those people who have decided to do it for health, happiness, morality, or to tread lightly on our finite world.

    Best hopes for good relations between vegans and carnivores 🙂

  32. Love. This. Good luck with your veggie-allergen-free-child-pleasing meal. Oh wait…Isn’t that the top chef challenge that everyone fails?

  33. I am a vegetarian myself been on it for bout 6 years now. I like your article and yes i agree with u i sometimes too get mad at people who treat us like aliens or some sort of superhumans and i hate it. Beeing a Veg. its just as simple as a life with the lack of meat, its not like i call people that dont eat vegetebles (witch is motly veryone) Carnivorians or anithing like that there just normal , why cant we be.

  34. Although this is humorous for a carnivore, maybe you feel this way about vegetarians and vegans because you have yet to research and learn the value of not eating animal products (hence that’s why many come off to appear “smug”, because they are knowledgeable about what they consume for good reasons too!). It is so simple, just do some reading: Meat = terrible for you, especially the “meat” they put on the shelves today in America and Vegetables/Legumes = great for you! There really isn’t an argument. If you don’t do it for the planet (also very depleted by all the meat being processed), or the animals (because you know very well they have feelings too), do it for your own health and ESPECIALLY for your son’s health and future. The best parenting is teaching kids how to live on their own and how to make the right decisions. Perhaps this is some new terrain you should explore a little more for the wealth of your family before you poke fun at vegetarians to make yourself feel better about eating meat because you enjoy the taste of it. Or maybe ignorance is bliss…

    Great reads:
    A Diet for a New America – John Robbins (the son and heir to Baskin-Robbins)
    The Food Revolution – John Robbins
    The Vegetarian Baby – Sharon Ynetma
    Skinny Bitch – sure it’s marketed towards young impressional demographic, but it has wonderful points.

    Cookbooks:
    Six Ingrediants or Less – a cookbook by Carlean Johnson
    Moosewood Cookbook – a classic from the 70’s
    V Cuisine – Angeline Linardis

    Movies:
    King Corn – a wonderful documentary on Netflix
    Fast Food Nation
    Soylent Green

  35. I just started writing a series for meat eaters w/ veggie friends or family, trying to help them easily accommodate our choice to eliminate an entire food group, (it’s an ENTIRE food group!) without a lot of extra work on their part. Because after-all, what the heck do we eat?? Guess I should remind the veggies to drop the ‘tude. As far as I know, acting rude to a meat eater has only ever made them want to eat more meat. Bad veggies…be nice! Meaties…you be nice too! Now we’re all friend, right? 😉

  36. thats hilarious! i am vegetarian exactly for that reason. i don’t like the taste, smell or texture of meat therefore don’t eat it… and i think that vegetarians do feel better as they don’t have the post steak slump although i don’t think that you should have to enforce it on your children! that isn’t fair. but its always good to try new things 🙂
    thankyou for making me smile

  37. Agree with Story Smoking, people often think that I think I’m better than them. And they attack without a warning or a provocation on my part.
    But, again, yes, there probably are people who are being overly passionate and agressive abt their vegetarian diet. But I’ve met meat-eaters who are being just as agressive, so, I think, we have fanatics on both sides.
    As for this funny argument that plants have feelings, too (to be serious, even stones do). But… Cutting your hair or nails is not the same as chopping off your finger. Think abt it.

  38. I am not 100% vegetarian, and I once like you thought the vegetarian/gluten free/organic thing was a joke, a stupid trend that I could show my family how self controlled I was to not eat meat. I even would make ridiculous statements about “health freaks” and their lentil gas. Motherhood has changed me. It is leaving me with questions like “am I building a healthy foundation for my child’s health?” I realized I had been ignorant of the importance of food to my health, to the planet, and the effects of my day to day choices on its inhabitants. I began to question if it was really necessary to consume meat 2 times a day. This isn’t just a matter of moral or ethics, but a matter of common sense. 10 billion animals are raised and killed each year in the US to meet our demands, think of the other environmental consequences, harsh conditions for laborers etc…

    What I am trying to say is that there is a major misconception with health freaks, yes some are overbearing and pompous, but some really do care. I am not out hugging trees, I respect life. It is not about being skinny or following trends, it is about body wellness. Humanity is disconnected with nature, and it is making us sick. Just look at all the diseases (diabetes, cancer, heart disease) this is all linked to diet.

    We should take our diets seriously, we should take this earth seriously. It is all we have.

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