i.e. the things we are all sick of hearing
- We must miss bacon
Literally everything any meat eater ever says when they meet a vegetarian. If you’ve always been a vegetarian it’s “you don’t know what you’re missing”, if you’re converting “I couldn’t give up bacon”. Just look at the alternatives we have.
- Vegetarians have to be scrawny
This is an interesting one, I hadn’t heard this until one day at work when my colleagues seemed surprised I’m vegetarian, saying “you’re not scrawny enough”. Just because I don’t eat meat, doesn’t mean I don’t have access to food that bulks you up …
- Our energy levels must be low
There isn’t enough protein or iron in a vegetarian diet. Or so they say. It’s a load of nonsense: kale, spinach, beans, lentils, eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds to name just a few. And I have a lot more energy than meat-eaters I know (just sayin’)
- Rabbit food
Do I have to even address this? We don’t spend our lives eating plates of leafy vegetables.
- How can you be a vegetarian? You don’t even like vegetables!
I hear this a lot. I don’t like vegetables, at least not a wide variety of them. But that doesn’t mean I starve (this harks back to the rabbit food), there’s plenty of food out there for me – as shown in points 2 and 4!
- We have to eat in every night
Honestly, there are times when I don’t understand what meat eaters think. You get the impression some genuinely believe there aren’t enough vegetarian options for any of us to eat at places. Yes, you have to be vigilant, but open your eyes and look at the amazing food we can have.
- Taking supplements every day
We don’t scour the vitamin section at Boots (other pharmacy stores available) looking for the latest supplement. In fact, Emma and I don’t take many supplements at all. Emma has B12, and vegans might need to consider this, but that’s it. We get the rest from careful dietary planning. Well, Emma does. I’m destined to die young from too many carbs.