Becoming vegetarian is a personal choice

I’ve been officially a vegetarian for over 2 decades now. It’s a transition that happened slowly and naturally. Looking back, there are hints from childhood that I would become a vegetarian the moment I was given autonomy over my food choices. I never liked the taste of meat, any meat. I would cover everything in ketchup or sauce.

#Vegetarian - TopicsWithPassion.blogEven after all this time, I still worry about telling people I meet that I’m vegetarian because I’ve faced such a variety of awkward reactions that I always wonder if knowing that I don’t eat meat means we won’t be friends.

Many assume that I see non-vegetarians as unworthy. They assume that I’m self-righteous and smug. Some people even think that it’s a competition about whose a better human being.

 

I’m vegetarian – Don’t be sad for me

There’s a strange assumption that I keeping coming across by family, friends and people who have just met me. Many seem to think I’m missing out on life and must be kind of sad that I can’t eat meat and they cannot be more wrong.

chairs-1867099_1920Yes, I don’t like meat. People become vegetarian for numerous reasons. In my particular case never liked meat. As a child, my parents had to force me to eat meat. It wasn’t natural for me. I never enjoyed it. It’s not a phase. It’s been over 20 years. I will never like meat. I’m not missing anything.

Someone once asked me what I would do if I get the craving for steak when I’m pregnant. Guess what? You don’t get cravings for food you don’t like.

Vegetarians Can Barbeque

grill-1599032_1920I know it’s shocking, but vegetarians can barbeque. The outdoor grill can be used to grill more than just meat.

Why this post? I shared my excitement at finding really good vegetarian barbeque recipes in the local journal while having breakfast in a restaurant on Facebook.

I shared my excitement at finding really good vegetarian barbeque recipes in the local journal while having breakfast in a restaurant on my private Facebook account and got immediate and passionate criticism from family and friends. Most reacted as if I was committing a crime and went on the attack to tell me off. I was taken by surprise. They seemed insulted that I, as a vegetarian of over 20 years, may want to have a barbequed meal.

This will always fascinate me. Why does it bother people so much that I don’t eat meat? How are vegetarian meals any weirder than eating the ground up body parts of animals? I like vegetarian food, you are more omnivorous or a meat lover and that perfectly fine. Why is it okay for you to get excited about a good recipe, but not me?

My husband actually had to speak with a few of the more angered individuals reminding them that my sharing a recipe wasn’t a moralistic post, or an attempt to convert anyone, I was just excited at seeing something good that I could enjoy this summer. I didn’t raise my kid vegetarian, so believe me when I tell you, my eating preference is just that, a preference, not a political agenda.

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