Top Five Vegetarian Comments

Uugh,who wants to eat that veggie stuff?!
Uugh,who wants to eat that veggie stuff?!

It's a hard knock life for us...

Of course, these are a few of the comments that I've received over the years of being a vegetarian and perhaps reflect the place where I live – it may be different in your part of the world but where I am, declaring yourself vegetarian is tantamount to saying you beat up your ninety year old aunty on Sundays – it's much more respectable to munch on a dead pig.

Let me assure you that this is not a rant, it's merely a few of the observations that I've made over time and the last thing I want to do is widen the divide between the meat eating world and non-meat eating world - but just allow me to give you a glimpse into the world of a lone vegetarian. Here for you are the five most common comments I've heard, and how, I find, is the best way to handle them...

1. Vegetarians? They eat rabbit food!

This is an interesting comment, especially interesting because there are obviously some pretty advanced rabbits around cooking up rice and sauces with numerous spices – I've yet to meet them and in all truth my rabbit has never cooked ratatouille or aloo gobi or anything similar but you never know, she may surprise me one day.

2. I've just eaten a nice, juicy steak, all dripping with blood!

This is quite a popular one and far be it from me to make sweeping statements but it tends to come from the male sex. If you're female (as I'm told I am) you're supposed to cry at that one or at least squeeze out a tear - it's only fair. Admittedly, it's hard to manage even a moist eyelash, firstly because you were probably an avid meat eater yourself once upon a time, and secondly because, according to your own beliefs meat just fills you with negative energy and therefore the person saying this looks a bit of a dingbat. But I mean that in a nice way of course.

3. Man is a carnivore – we need meat to survive.

This is another interesting one – especially as we're omnivores. Anyway, whatever 'ore' we are, it's not going to make much difference to the person saying this – you could try telling him about the numerous theories that say we should never have started eating meat in the first place, that omnivores have a choice whether to eat meat or not...but I can tell you now – you're wasting your breath.

4. What on earth can you eat if you don't eat meat?!

Ah, now this one is a difficult one – mainly because you don't know where to begin with citing all the millions of recipes, etc. Just tell him 'rabbit food' – it saves time.

5. We need meat because the doctors tell us so.

Don't laugh at this one – it might hurt his feelings. He obviously has faith in doctors so let him go on that way. That the majority of them just repeat what has been drilled into them or if they did advocate vegetarianism too loudly would probably be ostracised by the medical community is something he needn't know. And don't even try citing Yogic philosophy or any others that came to the conclusion that meat has a negative effect on the body just a few thousand years before modern medicine existed – no, it would only aggravate him. Just nod and say 'yes, my hair falls out in tufts on a regular basis, my nails also and I'm as weak as a newborn lamb' – it'll keep him happy. Failing that, smile mysteriously. Because no matter what you do, this person will never really understand what goes on in the mysterious world of the non-meat eater...

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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

This is so excellent apricot! I love the way you imbue your Hubs with your delightful personality. It must be the food you're eating. I believe in every concept you have so plainly demonstrated including the whole food vibe thing,I've just never put it into action. Promise, I am going to make a concerted effort to cut down on the meat. If only my husband would cooperate! He's a real meat and potato kinda guy. On another note..I believe this could have been a Hubmob entry!

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apricot 6 years ago from Italy Author

Ah! Meat and potatoes, I remember the days! I was steak and kidney pie and chips myself (although the chips are still ok) I know, it's tricky, but as long as your happy that's the main thing - that's really why I changed because I felt those vibes in my food (or maybe it was wind - hmmm).

Ah, you're right - it could have been a hubmob entry - I'm a prune head and got the times mixed up! I'm an organic prune head mind!

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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Great hub, and a very healthy one, too, that's sympathetic to animals. You've got a winner here.

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

You have entertained as well as informed with this Hub. I find that these days I worry about almost everything we eat. After all we trust suppliers who claim something is organic for example.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Great hub. Sometimes I think vegetarian is the way to go, but I "chicken" out.

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apricot 6 years ago from Italy Author

Thanks Paradise!! It might be healthier if I didn't keep pigging out on pizza all the time!

Hi Ethel Smith! Glad you liked it! Yes, the organic claim is one to watch out for - it's very loosely used over here and basically means you pay three times as much for something that's past its sell by date!

Hi Brekkypop! You can do it, I'm sure! Hmmm, I'm trying to think of some clever play on words with 'chicken' to match yours but I'm afraid I can't. Cockadoodle-doo! (Not very clever really...)

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LRobbins 6 years ago from Germany

Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. It's disappointing that people don't support other people's choices, especially in the case of being a vegetarian when it is usually a health or social choice, or both.

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S_Joynson 5 years ago from Hertfordshire, England, UK

Hi there Apricot.

This article came up because it was linked to one of mine - which is also on vegetarianism. And it made me laugh a lot!

The point about the aggressiveness that we veggies have to suffer is very astute. I thought I was the only vegetarian who suffered this. I could go to a party hosted by a group of Texan Baptists and say something like 'Hey, I am gay' and they would not bat an eyelid. BUT MENTION I AM A VEGETARIAN! You can almost see the hair on the back of some people's necks rising!

I also love the idea that people think we don't eat anything interesting! As you say, how many 'meat and two veg' men have ever made a fresh pasta sauce or prepared a curry from scratch? They'll gladly go to a take away and pay up to £5 for a Pilau Rice dish without realising that we veggies can knock up a far tastier one for a fraction of the cost. That herb and spice box of mine that takes up most of my food cupboard is a proper working tool box!

A really enjoyable hub that had me laughing out loud on a rainy Saturday night in London. Best Wishes!

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apricot 5 years ago from Italy Author

Hello S Joynson and thanks for your comments! We have a hard life don't we?! I'm glad I managed to cheer up your rainy Saturday night! All the best, Apricot

Jodi 5 years ago


Here's my take on being a vegetarian

Meatless in Seattle - Marrying a Vegetarian

NK 4 years ago

A horrible subject to embarrass someone into talking about,one that gives feelings of guilt even with the most secure people.

ammumalar 19 months ago

vegetarianism is the best one to maintain our diet control.

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