I am a vegetarian.
For some reason, vegetarians have this weird stigma around them and are looked down upon by many of the general population (at least in my experience). I don’t really know why this is. Maybe it’s because people are scared of what’s different, or because people think that if -insert diet here- was the best, then that would be their diet, too. Or maybe people automatically think that because someone has a different diet, they must think your diet is wrong so they go on the offensive. But, regardless of what you think, each vegetarian you meet believes that their diet is the best for them and I don’t believe in spreading unnecessary negativity. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Didn’t your mama teach you not to say anything if you have nothing nice to say?
So here are some thoughts.
When you meet a vegetarian, unless you are somewhat good friends with this person, don’t ask them why they don’t eat meat. Yes, we understand that this comes from a genuinely curious place, but you need to understand that we get this question all the time and it’s tiring to answer over and over again.
Don’t ask where they get their protein from. Protein comes from many places other than meat. Ever heard of nuts? Your vegetarian friend probably eats nuts.
Don’t tell them reason x-y-z that they should eat meat. They have heard these reasons before. If they thought they were good reasons, they would be eating meat. But they aren’t. So stop.
Don’t assume that your vegetarian friend knows nothing about nutrition. In fact, I’m willing to bet they know more about nutrition than you. I don’t say this because I believe that not eating meat is the healthiest way to live, but because constantly having their judgment questioned almost surely leads to more time spent researching vegetarian diets than you. Also, people usually don’t switch diets without doing at least a little research before hand, right?
Basically the point here is, someone else’s life is not your life. So let your veggie friends live their herbivore life and cut the judgment.
Spread the love, friends.