Once the initial ‘So you’re vegetarian? – you don’t look like a vegetarian’ comments are done I can guarantee that in 98% of cases the next sentence is ‘I don’t each much meat these days’.
To be honest, I don’t care. I am not here to make judgement on your eating habits, unless they are causing you health problems. I’m much more interested in you – who you are, what you do and your interests. Remarks like these make me feel that the person is trying to justify their diet choice.
Mention of meat consumption always comes before any mention of animal cruelty, or the understanding of where food comes from. The journey from farm to shelf seems to be completely overlooked. I do not wade in there and check their understanding of this process, and that they are at peace with their choice.
It’s the remaining 2% of ‘I could never give up eating meat’ respondents who I sometimes have fun with. This often happens at a buffet where they are enjoying eating the veggie options before the meat ones. Most of the time I just say ‘fair enough’. This flummoxes them as I think they are expecting a fight. It is their choice. I understand that – as much a being vegetarian is my choice.
It’s the people who quiz me further, then reveal that they don’t want to know where their food comes from who make me angry. Its as though as long as it tastes good and is packaged nicely they will eat anything. Which to me is wrong.
Whatever your diet choice you should always be fully aware of what you are putting into your body – where it has come from, how it is processed and what, if anything, is added to it. Are you happy with every element of this process? Just don’t feel you need me to justify it for you.