As a vegetarian, I get a lot of the same questions over and over and it’s annoying. Do I ask you for every detail of your eating habits? No, I don’t. So here you go, some of the most common questions I would like to never be asked again.
1. Why are you a vegetarian? For diet, or is it a moral thing?
It’s a moral thing. I don’t like the idea of eating poorly treated inhumanely mass-raised-and-killed animals. There really isn’t anything more to it than that. I wouldn’t kill a dog and eat it and I don’t see the difference between a cow or chicken and a household pet.
2. How long have you been a vegetarian?
I don’t know. A while. 2 years, maybe 5, or was it 3 weeks? It’s not AA, you don’t get a key chain for milestones. And what does it matter? Does it make me a better vegetarian if I’ve been doing it longer? I don’t ask you how long you’ve been a douche do I?
3. Does it bother you if I eat meat?
This one usually comes up at group dinners or more often on dates. And no, no it does not. I made a choice for myself about what I want to put in my body and I’m in no position to tell you what you can or should eat. In addition, don’t worry about me trying to convince you to become a vegetarian, just don’t try getting me to eat meat.
4. So… what do you eat?
Seriously? Is that an honest question? Food. I eat food. I eat vegetables, fruit, grains, nuts, legumes, cheese (no, I’m not vegan), bread, tofu, seitan, berries, noodles. Basically I eat all the stuff you do except the meat.
5. How do you get enough protein?
Ugh… this is almost always asked in the most condescending manner. Do you think that people make a huge dietary decision without any research? Protein comes from a variety of sources such as beans and rice, milk, nuts, a whole host of soy products, quinoa, lentils, seitan, and in a pinch, protein powder! Don’t worry about us, if great athletes like Prince Fielder and Desmond Howard can handle it, I’m sure we’ll be alright.
6. Don’t you miss meat?
Nope, not really. In fact at this point the idea of cutting into a steak kinda grosses me out. Meat really isn’t the greatest thing out there and cooking without it usually forces you to be more creative and cook more interesting meals. So no, I don’t miss it and I won’t be eating it anytime soon.
Well, there you have it. If you meet a vegetarian realize that these are questions they get asked over and over again and are sick of answering. So don’t ask – especially not at your first meeting.