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.

13 comments :

  1. I don't get why people get so preachy to vegetarians....they don't do the same to meat eaters in my experience! I seriously don't get why it bothers people so much what others choose to eat or not eat. So silly! x

    Josie’s Journal

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  2. ah I agree with it all, hate when people question and argue against why I am a vegetarian! also hate mushrooms aha!

    Eilidh from Velvet Winter

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  3. I'm a meat eater who don't eat vegetables at all (or not all, but most). Maybe it's not all the same with what you're going through, but I also get a lot of "But where do you get your vitamins from?". One of my friends is a vegetarian and we are the best pair ever! Because if we get mealboxes, I get all the meat and she gets all the veggies. Haha


    Love, Dara
    holadarla.com

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  4. STOP ATAKING MY BELEIFS ALSO PLANTS ARE ALIVE 2 SO UR JUST AS BAd. also I cant live without meat my body needs it to stay alive and if I go 3 hours without meat ill die.

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  5. I really really liked this post!!!
    I went off for seven weeks and then I just got a chicken roll! I think I am more about the environment than the morals really. There's also a flexitarian who indulges in meat now and again which is probably what i am! I also really like fish now and again so idk if I can give it up!!! But I guess white meat is better environmentally as red meat comes mainly from ruminants who release a lot I CO2 gases! I love cheese though! I'd really recommend watching the youtuber Niomi Smart cause she's a vegan and has the odd food video!


    Ellen,
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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  6. I know it'z bizarre! Like if you are slightly out of the norm you are a target! :/

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  7. Gah I know like get out my business!! Haha of course you hate mushrooms ;)

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  8. Thing is no one's diet is perfect (probably) everyone eats a little too much of something, and a little too little of something else but hey we're alive and kicking! Just so fed up of people being so judgemental when I'm doing something that makes total sense to me! Haha that works out well for you and your friend! I am a big veggie lover hehe :P

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  9. THE ANIMALZ U EAT CONSUME MORE PLANTS THAN I DO AS A VEGETAr1AN. I have an answer for aaaallll mwahahaha. Let's agree that pizza is the best then ;)

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  10. It's hard to just go cold turkey (hilarious pun most definitely intended) I think it takes a while to get used to just being without it. I am starting to cut out fish which I've always eaten 'cos that was my parents' rule growing up. But now I'm a "real grown up" I'm gonna try cut it out, and as you know I've been trying to cut down on dairy. Turns out soya milk is the most delicious thing on this planet! Haven't heard of her but I'll check her out, thanks!

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  11. It sounds so familiar. I wrote an post 2 years ago about this, here it is.

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  12. Yup! Thanks for linking, I'll have a read now :)

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  13. I just tell people "no animal" when I explain my diet instead of vegan these days. Somehow it's a little clearer that way. It's crazy how more aware you are about silly ingredients that are added to food. I once found a beef-base broth in a can of vegetable medley soup! I also now know that fish sauce swims in lots of thai curries that I don't even think some vegetarians know of. I like the awareness my diet brings me now.

    Good list btw!

    -Cory U of CUExperiments | Cory U

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