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Topic: what do you wish people told you before you became a vegetarian/vegan  (Read 40012 times)
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« Reply #270 on: May 18, 2009 03:14:44 PM »

I wish I had known that I would be questioned for my choices.

I became a "vegetarian" when I was 13 (I'm almost 22 now). I continued to eat fish, but because there weren't really any other people around who knew about pescaterian (sp) vs vegan vs vegetarian etc I just called myself a vegetarian because I didn't eat red meat, pork, or poultry. I was always questioned as to why I became a veg and "It just grosses me out" didn't seem to be an adequate answer. When I started college, I began to eat a little bit more chicken (can't stand turkey though), but I am VERY aware and concerned with where all my animal products come from, and will buy chicken or fish after giving the meat dude a whole slurry of questions that he usually has to call the manager to answer. So, since I'm so picky about where my meat products come from, I've found it easier to just tell people I'm a vegetarian rather than give them the 5th degree about where they buy their food (Which then makes them uncomfortable and threatened, and that's never fun). But now, when people come over and I make fish or chicken dishes, they get all up in arms and call me a hypocrite either for saying I'm a veg and then eating chicken (which is a warranted accusation, granted), or because I'll eat chicken and fish but not beef or pork.

It's good to see that most people here will agree that just being conscience of your choices and tolerant of others is the best way to be Cheesy 
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« Reply #271 on: May 18, 2009 09:30:53 PM »

I've stopped eating meat, but I know there's no way to make sure my stuff doesn't come in contact with it. I kind of have it down to "I don't eat animal flesh" now, or anything that says rennet or animal stocks, gelatin and the like. It's way too hard for me to try and analyze every ingredient of everything I eat. And I am a lot happier sometimes if I go out and get things that sound safe. Of course, if they have a vegetarian menu, I'll order off that. If not, I just pick things that sound like they don't have meat. Or if there's a sandwich or something that I want to order, I just make sure to tell them to leave the meat off. I do respect those who can have a strict hold on what they eat though- I know it takes time to make sure everything is right.
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