Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Pros and Cons of Being a Vegetarian

Ages ago I wrote a pros and cons of blogging and I really enjoyed putting it together, so I thought I'd think of some new things with pros and cons. One of the things that sprung to mind was being vegetarian...
Cons...
.Having to explain what sort of vegetarian you are. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or pescetarian. If someone sees you eating something that doesn't fit with what they think a vegetarian eats you gotta explain. Surprisingly few people have known what pescetarian means in my experience. And too many people seem to think that you can eat chicken and be a vegetarian? "...but my dad and my uncle both eat chicken and bacon and they are vegetarians...".

.Having to explain whyyy you are a vegetarian/vegan/pescetarian and why you are not vegetarian/vegan/pescetarian/meat eater/don't like cheese. For some reason our diets suffer a lot more scrutiny than any other type of diet!

.Everyone expecting vegetarians to love cheese. Vegetarian option? Sure, lemme just drown it in cheese sauce and grate some more cheese on it and garnish it with some cheese. We don't all like cheese all over everything. Also not all vegetarians like mushrooms. I do, but I know many who don't. Just putting that out there!

.Having to put up with people picking fights with you over what you eat. Honestly, it could not be more boring. We've heard it all before. Every. Single. Argument. We especially love the "but where do you get your protein from?" concerned act.

.Being judged for caring about animals/the environment/your health and then being accused of judging other people for eating meat.
BTW soy milk tastes way better than dairy milk. Especially in tea.
 Pros...
.People say vegetarians/vegans have less varied diets, but that's not the case. Becoming vegetarian, and starting to wean myself off dairy too, has led me to discover so many more interesting meals and combinations. It lets you branch out and seriously what is more boring than having meat with veg every single night?!

.Not always the case, but usually you are more conscious of what goes in your body and where it comes from if you are vegetarian/vegan, so you naturally end up being healthier. So that shoots down the "vegetarians/vegans are unhealthy" argument.

.When you find other vegetarians/vegans/pescetarians you immediately have experiences to bond over. How and why, the first time you ate tofu, whether you like quorn or not, and all those asses who keep judging you for being vegetarian/vegan/pescetarian.

.The animals' welfare. And no eating meat is not caring for animals welfare and I have a web page for you to go to if you try any of the classic anti-vegetarian/vegan arguments.

.The environment! Most people know this by now but yes eating less/no meat can help the environment, and typically I think people who care about animal welfare generally care about the environment too. To keep this short and sweet here's a link if you're not sure what I'm on about.

If you're a meat eater reading this please don't get all butt-hurt. And don't even try to lecture me  on what is healthy and what isn't. Bit of light hearted fun and facts that have come from my personal experiences, I did write a more serious post a while ago on Alternatives to Animal Testing if that's more your thang. Share your stories guys! Any ridiculous comments for being veggie? At school "friends" used to put bits of bacon or whatever dead animal was being served that day in my blazer pockets. Funny how people will target you for any slight differences from the norm.

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