‘Turn-ip’ for being a vegetarian

I get a lot of questions about my vegetarianism.

I don’t really mind, honestly. I’m used to them. My dietary habits are extremely different than most people’s, and I think that this tends to fascinate. Some people are almost caustic, however, and they take their jokes too far. No, I am not a rabbit. No, I do not sneak pieces of meat when people aren’t with me. No, I am not dying from a lack of protein.

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was four years old. I’m the only one in my family that is, and I became one of my own free will. I was a big animal person when I was little [still am], and once I found out what meat was… gone were the chicken nuggets, hamburgers and hot dogs. Since it’s been so long, I don’t even really remember what it tastes like, and so I can’t really respond to the question, “Don’t you miss bacon?”

And no, no matter how confident you are that you will be able to convince/tease/trick me into eating meat, I won’t. Not even for $100.

As a funny side note, family on both sides have been butchers in the past, including my grandpa who even owned a meat shop. Every single time I see him, he asks if he can make me some bacon and eggs for breakfast.

Some people argue with me that by being a vegetarian, I’m disobeying God. I’ve been told that I’m sinning because God gave us the animals for the purpose of consuming them. People have told me that animals are placed on the earth to eat, and by refusing to do so I’m basically denying God’s gift. I could respond with the quote from the Bible that says, “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so.” [Genesis 1:29-30]. God gave us plants for food for humans and animals, just as much as he gave us the animals.

I really don’t think that God hates me for not eating hamburgers. At least, I hope not.

People become vegetarians for all sorts of reasons. Some include health related motivations, religious reasons, objection to the standards to which some animals are subjected to in the process, or they plain just don’t like meat. Whatever the reason, some vegetarians are very protective of their decision and feel that it is a very personal one that they would rather not discuss with others.

In my case, I’m usually always up for a lively debate about the pros and cons, unless I’m hungry, and you’re keeping me from my meal. I will get cranky if this is the case. But otherwise, I don’t mind the curiosity.

A little warning though, not everyone is as willing as me to talk about being a vegetarian, and we already get quite a bit of flak about it … you may find that although they don’t eat meat, vegetarians can have a pretty big bite.

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