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Some vegetarian myths...
Nick - a vegatarian
Nick - angry that vegetarians are misunderstood!

Nick, who lives in York, has been vegetarian since she was 10 and realised where those tasty sausages come from!

She's angry at the myths about being vegetarian and wants to set the record straight...


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I've been vegetarian ever since I made the connection between cute farm animals and the meat on my plate. I was 10 when the truth dawned, so you could say I'm a slow learner!

Being vegetarian is now part of my lifestyle, I couldn't imagine suddenly having to buy, prepare and cook meat. Luckily I have a vegetarian other half, so there's no issue on that front.

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What bugs me is the number of myths about vegetarians that are believed by so many people. I'm not just having a rant for the sake of it, as you'll see, these myths affect my life and wellbeing!! So I've decided to put a few of them straight.

Market vegetable stall
Myth: vegetarians live on rabbit food!

1) Vegetarians don't eat Sunday Roast
This is one of the myths that bugs me the most. I absolutely love Sunday Roast - well, all of it apart from the very unappealing slices of meat on the plate. Roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots... However, try going into a restaurant or pub and asking for a Sunday Roast without the meat, and prepare to feel as though you've just grown horns.

2) Vegetarians don't drink alcohol
Just because I don't eat meat doesn't mean I don't enjoy a bevy or two! The site has recently been revamped, but they used to store their non-alcoholic cocktail recipes under their vegetarian section... Who knows what their logic was?

3) Vegetarians eat chicken
Nope - sorry to disappoint all you grannies out there who have uttered the immortal words "But she will have a bit of chicken won't she?" Vegetarians do not eat meat, that's kind of the point...

4) Vegetarians are always skinny
I'm rather disappointed that this myth isn't a truth. I know plenty of porky veggies, and, ahem, might have been classed as one myself not too long ago... The vegetarian diet can be as loaded with fat as a meat-eaters, unfortunately.

5) Vegetarians are all animal-rights activists
Now this one really winds my meat-eating mates up. Although I started out being vegetarian cos of my distaste at the thought of eating an animal, as I've grown older, it's become much more complicated. This could go on for hours, so to cut it short: I don't disagree with people eating animals, I'd just rather not eat them myself!

6) Vegetarians live on rabbit food
I eat loads of fab food, and believe it or not, there are days when a spinach leaf does not pass my lips! Savoury pepper cheesecake, roasted root cobbler, bangers and mash... I eat like a (vegetarian) King!

7) Vegetarians are all 'in a phase'
Having been vegetarian for over 15 years, I'm living proof that being vegetarian is no more part of a phase than eating meat. It's just a decision some people make which affects what they eat!

Phew! I'm feeling much better now! If you've got any myths to add, or maybe you completely disagree with my point of view (if so, you're probably grasping a sausage roll right now!) fill in the form below.

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My pet hates... People who say they're vegetarian, like it's some badge of honour, but eat fish, or bacon on a sunday, or turkey at christmas. Have you ever noticed that these are often the people who decide to lecture meat eaters? Restaurants that think salmon is vegetarian. Vege lasagne with garlic bread or spinach and ricotta in filo pastry with a tomato colis... these were all you could get for about 10 years. Meat eaters who decide to get the first strike in by attacking you with arguments like "we'd be over run by cows if everyone went vegetarian" or " we're designed to eat meat". I have good answers to these, but god I'm bored of the same arguments over and over. I wouldn't dream of attacking their eating habits, why do they feel it's OK to attack mine. Meat eaters who say I'm a fussy eater for not eating meat, then won't eat anything with wheat, tomato or dairy. Vegetarian cook books. Why can't someone cook something imaginative, and light for a change. Here's an idea... sauces, marinades, and dressings... you know like they use in meat dishes. Look at what's happening in food, stop cooking roulades and lentil stuff like they did in the 70's.

Hi. I have been vegeatarian for the past 8 years and have loved every minute of it. I do find it annoying when people question my judgement of what I eat and yet if I ask them why they eat as they do their responces are far less considered. I don't really like to complain though. I have no problems with meat eaters or pechetarians. There was a study of vegetarians a few years back that said that the thing that vegetarians missed most was Bacon!!! Is this true for anyone. I don't miss it at all.

I have a 14 year old daughter who's been a vegetarian ever since she was about 5 or 6 (when she realized what meat was). I am sick and tired of having to defend her diet to friends and family and the comments they direct at myself for supporting my daughters choice. She eats healthier than anyone I have ever known, though her diet was less healthy during some younger phases (Mac and cheese). Oddly, my parents didn't criticize her as much when she was eating mac and cheese - they had to wait until she decided she wanted to eat healthier and started cooking ethnic (Indian cuisine for example) dishes. I find it appauling that my parents could be anything less than supportive of a kid that is trying to eat healthy, simply because her diet doesn't include meat.Also, I'm also sick of explaining why she will not just pick meat out a food and eat it. For her, meat is disgusting. It'd be like a cannibal preparing a dish with human flesh and telling someone (who finds eating people repulsive) to just pick the meat out.

kieron dunne
I have been a veggie for 21 years now and it still makes me laugh when ever I go out for a meal when it arrives it is always assumed that my wife is the veggie not the myth I hate most is that all veggies are female.

Ive have recently became a vegitarian and would like to praze the author of this article. It has been a huge eye-opener on the dos and dont of vegitarianism.

seven years ago i became vegetarian, and i have never tired so many amazing things to eat, my diet is now so tatsy and colourful, i have never looked back!

Marie Greenhalgh
I last ate meat on Dec 17th 1999, and I am proud that I have never touched it since. I don't care what anyone else thinks about me, I have a clear conscience that I do not in any way contirbute to the scumbags who kill for a living in the slaughter house.


Why are people who eat meat threatened by those who don't eat meat. I have not eaten any meat including fish for twenty years but when people find out or discover I do not eat meat they insist on finding any illogical or non rational part to my argument. I will not call it a defence, although some of the attacks are almost inquisitorial. the most annoying aspect is that most are agitated especially when I go out for a meal with them for the first time and they had not known I was a vegetarian. Carnivores insist I defend and explain myself to the meat police. This is because I do not proselytise about being a vegetarian I just get on with it quietly and unlike the carnivores do not feel the need to wear my vegetarian as a badge of honour. It is a choice to ease the suffering and exploitation of animals. Conversely I also like to wear leather and dress in black leather biker jacket, jeans and boots. Some may see this liking for leather as hypocritical at worst and inconsistent at best. For me leather helps express my personality and I feel comfortable in it. My comparison is that of Anita Roddick who worked tirelessly for ethical cosmetics but also wore leather. Does this mean her efforts were less sincere because of the supposed contradiction. I think not and hope to be seen in the same light for not eating meat whilst still wearung leather as my choice of clothing. We all make the effort we can and my active choice not to eat meat means I have made some effort to reduce suffering in the world.

why would anyone care about biblical reasons to eat meat? if there is a god i highly doubt they meant for us to eat animals. i was taught that adam and eve were meant to look over the animals not eat them

As a nutrition major and lover of animals, I admire those who defend the right to NOT eat meat! I myself have been vegetarian for almost five years now and love the way I feel and function. Although my reasons for becoming a veggie were nutrition based, I also agree with those who defend the animal rights as well. Animals do feel pain~this is true but the way they are slaughtered is inhumane and unsanitary. Therefore, if one IS going to eat meat, then I suggest free range animals since there are only 13 plants in the US that process all the meat provided to the US (gross). Also, contrary to popular belief, humans were not "made" to eat meat. In fact, our bodies digest vegetation much easier and it has been proven that a vegetarian diet can reverse the effects of heart disease (genetic factors as well as the over consumption of foods high in fat and cholesterol i.e meat are the main causes of this chronic disease). I urge anyone to do their research before becoming vegetarian or criticizing others for being a veggie.

I find it hard to belive that people are on here complaiing about being juged for what they eat and yet make comments like "people who eat meat cant plan on going to heaven" i have been vege my whole life and am very proud of my views. I have 2 children who like my husband eat meat they are aware of were meat comes from but still eat it. I think every one should should chill out and not be so judgemental. Animals eat meat too u know

hairy susan
Stuart- you may not think "piscetarian" is a word, however when enough people know what it means and use it regularly, well guess what? It becomes a word. Just like "nincompoop".

Whatever your views on vegetarianism, you have to admit veg and fish makes a pretty healthy diet. Any vegetarians who spout off about fish eaters being as bad as meat eaters obviously have a different reason for choosing their diet.

I feel increadibly guilty for owning leather - but my step Mom bought me a $300 leather purse before I was vegi and I'm not throwing it out - I wouldn't buy it now, but I just can't throw it out.

t e g a n _ x o
me && my sister have been a veggie for years! i have been 1 since year 4 or 5 i cnt remember now haah - i chose 2 b 1 cz i dont like the taste of meat. i am now in yr 9 and am healthy etc i love quorn it is minttt! lmao. and i have never been bullied for not eating meat as some of yas seem 2 say u have :S bt a few people have sed 2 me when they find i am a vegetarian 'thats why u r so skinny then' - what a load of rubbish haha!! :S byeee

I have been a vegetarian all my life, ever since my vegetarian mum tried to feed me a piece of sausage when i was a baby and i refused to let it pass through my lips!!!

my big pet hate are those people who call thamselves vegetarian yet eat fish. that makes them a Pescatarian=those who refrain from meat and meat products, but still eat fish i really don't see the point in saying 'i wont eat that animal, but i will eat that one' almost because a cow is cute and they see a fish and not cute. i cannot stand almighty vegetarians who think they are doin it for compassionate reasons. the leather, fur, wool, honey, dairy and egg trades all have cruelty and exploitation involved within them. only by embracing vegan principles can we really be compassionate.

I've been a vegetarian for 12 years, ever since I relised that meat was a slaughtered animal. i believe anyone who eats meats clearly doesn't plan on going to heaven;which is fine because they are going anywhere near God!

My housemate is veggie, and we only eat veggie at home. The food we cook is so tasty, I usually don't notice the lack of meat. Plus I suspect most meat-eaters have an unhealthy amount of meat in their diets.

I think the main reason veggies & vegans get a hard time is that a lot of them, once they've converted, behave just like ex-smokers and decide that it is their duty & crusade to lecture and try and convert all those sinners (meat eaters) and try and put them off meat by tellig them the worst meat -related 'facts' & figures. The become pious foodies.

I eat fish but no other meat and have done for 12 years. This still means I'm a type of veggie, there are different types of veggies, not just veggies and vegans. I don't eat meat but eat fish because I do not like the taste or texture of meat. in fact it makes me heave! So those ignorant people out there should think before they speak as there are different reasons for being veggie!! I dont question the reasons why people don't eat potatoes or tomatos etc so don't question why I don't eat meat!!

i've been a vegetarian for 5 1/2 years now. i love it. will never go back. and it is sad how much time vegetarians have to defend themselves,my response? 'is it your business?' ha its equally as rude as the person who thinks its their business to know what your consuming.

people who pick on other people are called bullys, im not really a veggie, i just dont eat any meat as i dont like the taste of it and people pick on me for it!

i became a piscetarian 6 months ago. i don't mind getting criticized for my choice to not eat meat, and just eat fish. some people as i've read may disagree with eating fish at all and to them i wouldn't know what to say. but one thing that really bothers me, is why are there meat eaters commenting on this page? are you so bored with your life that you felt the need to find a page with something you disagree with on it and criticize people. being "different" with our food choice gets us enough criticism as it is. but i love to just laugh it off. to the meat lovers out there i say, when someone ask's you why don't you like a specific food, does that really make you want to change your mind and try it again? you're not going to change peoples minds on here, now can you just let it be!

Ive recently become a happy meat eater. This means that I only eat the meat of animals that had a good life running up to them being killed. So free range organic chicken and such like. It means that unless I buy the meat myself I never know the meats origin and therefore am vegetarian when eating outside of my home. I have been shocked at how little choice there is at restaurent. I love eating out but this hobby of mine has been tainted by the lack of menu choice available. Plus explaining to people that I eat certain meat (ie, when I knw where its from) and not oethers is just cofusing for people. So I just say Im vegetarian, less questions that way!

i have been a vegetarian since i was 9 now i am twelve and am very happy with what i eat!!! I didnt just become a vegetarian because it is harmful and horrible to animals but i have had a bad experiance with meat and i was never very keen on meat anyway! The thing i'd like to say is if you do become a veggie then stick to it! plus i want to be a vegetarian chef when i am older, dont worry about what others think....

i am a vegetarian (yes i eat all the dairy stuff and i love it, especially alfredo sauce.) well when i was little i didn't eat it because i loved animals. im not sure whether to call it a bad or good choice, but im happy being who i am. the reason now that i don't eat it is because of the look of meat (ewww its so sick!) i dont see why you would be looking at a vegetarian board if you eat meat and defend it, but im just saying it looks awful. my relatives and brothers tease me about it, and i feel like taking their plate and smashing it in their face. it makes me so mad when people critisize about this stuff. anyway here's how it all happened. i was eating chicken nuggets from wendy's and my dad said "the chicken laid a nugget you're eating" so i thought it was gross. and then i saw the "ALL WHITE MEAT CHICKEN NUGGETS.AT WENDY'S" and i just figured out ive been lied to (remember i was little!..."mom is chicken nuggets made from meat?" "no its not.") and then to see the commercial just made me sad. ive never eaten it ever since. i want to try shrimp because everyone says its really good, but i can't get up the courage to eat it, and thinking it's life was taken for some people to eat it for a snack. My family has probably eaten over 10,000 animals, and that doesn't seem right. who ever had the idea to make food made from other things? then people that eat meat are creeped out by cannibals, when really there's no difference. i see an animal and a person to be the same and have the same feelings. im not a hippie or anything, i just don't think killing animals just so you can eat them is right. i don't eat animals and i turned out fine, why can't anyone see that. that's all i need to say and i have another question. is it just me or does anyone else like things that burn their mouth? (meaning spicy, not burning hot!)

Hey guys, just chanced on these comment and couldn't help stopping by to say, take a trip to India. I'm not vegetarian, in fact i love my meat and chicken, but here you'll find that being vegetarian is absolutely NO PROBLEM and the tasty options are endless. :-) welcome all!

I have been vegitarian for 8 years,what bugs me is that why resturants don't offer much for the vegitarians. I learned how to make nice soya kababs by addiding spice in cooked soya,and shaping them into kababs and microwave them till they are done one min or so,eat it with salad you can keep them in the fridge and later eat them with mint sauce and salad on pitta bread learned some variety of lentil cooking,make eggplant paste or roast red peppers paste and serve it with hot bread or toest in the morning make roest veg dips serve them on jacket potato,all u need is little thinking.why oh why people can't stop bugging us, as if we are missing a great feast. family and friends think we are some kind of wierdo,and its not worth cooking for,they seem to forget veg must be included in a balenced diet you can't live alone with just meat,but u can live alone with pulses,veg & beans its all there ready made there is no need to take a life....

To say that everyone would become vegetarian isn't true though. Some friends of mine are vets who regularly inspect slaughterhouses for Defra. They're still meat eaters, and they know exactly what happens there. For me the bottom line is attempting to force your preference on anyone else is disrespectful. No matter which position you take.

If slaughterhouses had glass walls everyone would be a vegetarian. The only difference between us and animals is they can't speak or they would beable to tell us that they can feel pain and do get scared. People need to watch "meet your meat" video.

I have been veggie for just over a year after always struggling with the idea of eating an animal and finally, an literally, throwing my knife and fork down in the middle of a chicken curry. I can't believe the amount of negativity towards vegetarians/vegans who seem to spend much of thwir time defending themselves. How many times as a vegetarian have you been faced with questions as to why you do it and do you eat fish and chicken. NOOOOOO, if has had a face it isn't eaten by a vegetarian and if you are class yourself as a vegetarian and eat fish or chicken then you need to consider why you value the life of one animal above the life of another. Do chickens not feel pain or something? I can't ever see myself changing back to the bad old days and feel sick to think of a time when I have eaten meat. My only struggle is that my fiance eats meat and has no intentions of changing so I do have to cook and prepare it. My only way of dealing with this, as I don't want to force my beliefs on him, is to consider that at least when I became a veggie that he now only eats meat that he knows comes from a reputable source. It is the best choice I have ever made and just wish that there was a more positive promotion of vegetarianism in the press rather than it being something that is questioned and seen as a choice for hippies!

i'm a piscetarian. i eat fish. i don't eat anything with legs (don't you boys get nasty now). i don't care if you're a vegetarian, a meat-eater, a cannibal, or whatever it is you are. why are you guys so affected anyway? WHO CARES???? we all have our own rules to go by. who cares if someone says they're vegetarian and eats fish? who cares if someone believes meat can cause cancer (even if i think it does, for saturated fat comes from meat and saturated fat is baaaaaaaad). i eat fish because too much soy is actually bad for you.....and while if i love animals to death, i love myself too and i will take care of myself, first and foremost. besides, Jesus distrubuted fish and barley to the poor right? so i guess it's ok to eat fish. haha. bottom line is, TO EACH HIS OWN. who cares how other people want to live their lives and label their diets? GET A LIFE, PEOPLE!

I Happen to be a piscetarian, and its not to much different from being vegan except for the tiny exception of tuna, which in certain religions is considered perfect because the fish is NOT a sacred animal. But that is not WHY i am a piscetarian, though you may not think the word exhists in a book, big deal if webster hasnt written its meaning yet or even if it has, i havent bothered to look becaus ie knowi feel it so its how i am and its just a word to explain how i am, (that i dont eat any meat or meat producst besides tuna) now the only thing you could be mad at is some one who eats an "exception" who calls themseleves vegetarian, but its called PISCETARIAN

I have been a vegetarian all my life and you wouldn't believe all the critism I get! At school I get people saying stuff like 'u cant get enough proteins cuz your a vegetarian!' 'Do u take pills cuz your a vegetarian?' 'You will have to die early cuz ur a vegetarian' To be honest, I think these people are so STUPID! They all think im too skinny cuz i am a vegtarian, which is not true cuz i am not skinny! All these comments really get me down but i know that i am healthier than all of these people! Reason why i think i am healthier is because its mostly the 'McDonalds' worshippers who give these comments!

@emma: Your father should be proud of you. If my daughter wants to be a vegetarian I'd be happy to join her!

I am curious now that we have heard the same arguments and complaints over and over again. What do the vegans or vegetarians think about the biblical ideology that man (meaning humanity so feminist stay back) was given dominion over the earth and everything on it? Seemingly giving man the right to eat meat?

Well, I am amazed at how much grief some vegetarians seem to get! I am not a vegetarian myself, but I know many who are and it didn't occur to me to think anything of it at all and certainly not to question them about it! I live nextdoor to a farm and while the animals are in my neighbouring farmer's care, I assure you that in this instance at least they are well looked after. I concede that their lives are short and readily admit that I do not know what exactly happens after they leave this farm. Obviously I have a good idea! I understand that there are many reasons why people choose not to eat meat, poultry, fish and in many cases any animal products at all and I totally respect that! I do eat meat myself, but as it happens, I am currently on a low fat diet which means I eat very little meat at the moment because alternatives like Quorn (which I really like as it goes) is much lower in fat and healthier. I am probably one of the fussiest eaters around and I usually find it even harder to find things in restaurants that I like, than my vegetarian friends! I just think people are all different, we all like and dislike different things, we all make different choices - that's the whole wonderful thing about humans isn't it? So please to everyone - whether vegetarian or staunch meat eater - just enjoy your own choice, but don't give anyone else a hard time just because they are different! OK - that's me done - lecture over! :)

James Turner
i have only been a vegetarian for around 1 year and wish i could have never eaten even a piece of a dead animal. my sister became a vegetarian at a much younger age and i was horrible to her for a long time. i would eat meat infront of her and poke fun at what she would eat and her beliefs. her beliefs have become mine and that was largely due to my partner who had become a non-meat eater. through her i saw the sickening facts about animal abuse and their short and dreadful lifes. i called myself an animal lover most of my life but only realised that i wasn't when i realised i was one of the humans who contributes to the death and torture of the same animals i was saying i loved. i can now call my self an animal lover and am very happy as a compassionate human who now knows the truth. i have seen the sickening acts that humans demonstrate billions of times a year! So WELL DONE to My sister Steph and my partner Anita Dias as they took it upon themselfs to do something and neither of them would ever change for any reason. since really getting into animal rights my partner and i have been on many rallys including - The Run of the Nudes in protest of the running of the bulls and killing of the bulls in bull rings, a campaign to stop bear skins being used by the queens guards, rally againsts japans killing of the dolphins and many more smaller rallys. i am against anyone eating meat as i am against the torture and killing of animals. THEY ARE NOT OURS TO KILL. PLEASE, PLEASE VISIT PETA.ORG AND VIEW MEET YOUR MEAT!

I reeeeaaaaaalllllllyyyyy hate it when people say you can be a vegetarian and eat fish. I mean tht is complete 'codswallop'(I would've used another word of course). I mean its as much and animal as a chicken, and it is therefore a dead animal, ie meat, and newsflash people, vegetarians don't eat meat. I bet you all know wat I mean, but for those who don't I wish they'd get it into their heads!!!

I hate going into a restaurant which doesn't label vegetarian food on the menu, then when you ask the staff if a meal is vegetarian, they say "it probably is". Do they think that we'll just risk it and eat a meal that could have an animal product in it!? Restaurants really need to sort themselves out and their staff!

And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, they who partake of benefits which are gotten by wronging one of God's creatures, cannot be righteous: nor can they touch holy things, or teach the mysteries of the kingdom, whose hands are stained With blood, or whose mouths are defiled with flesh. Heart attack is the most common cause of death in the U.S., killing one person every 45 seconds. The male meat-eater's risk of death from heart attack is 50%. The risk to men who eats no meat is 15%. Reducing one's consumption of meat, dairy and eggs by 10% reduces the risk of heart attack by 10%. Completely eliminating these products from one's diet reduces the risk of heart attack by 90%. The amount of water used in production of the average cow is sufficient to float a destroyer (a large naval ship). While 25 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of wheat, 5,000 gallons are needed to produce a pound of California beef. That same 5,000 gallons of water can produce 200 pounds of wheat. If this water cost were not subsidized by the government, the cheapest hamburger meat would cost more than $35 per pound. Two-hundred and sixty million acres of U.S. forestland has been cleared for cropland to produce the meat-centered diet. Fifty-five square feet of tropical rainforest is consumed to produce every quarter-pound of rainforest beef. The slaughterhouse is the final stop for animals raised for their flesh. These ghastly places, while little known to most meat-eaters, process enormous numbers of animals each years. In the U.S. alone, 660,000 animals are killed for meat every hour. A surprising quantity of meat is consumed by the meat-eater. The average percapita consumption of meat in the U.S., Canada and Australia is 200 pounds per year! The average American consumes in a 72-year lifetime approximately 11 cattle, 3 lambs and sheep, 23 hogs, 45 turkeys, 1,100 chickens and 862 pounds of fish! Bon appetite!

Hahah I cannot believe someone on here tryed to associate meat with cancer! anyway I dont mind vegeterians at all as long as they don't mind me eating a nice juicy tender steak - most of them are like oooh your eating a cow and im like yip your loss - it actually doesnt bother me at all - vegeterians are generally nice people and don't deserve to be asked what their personal belief is in their eating habit. But what I do hate is that damn rap music!

I'm sorry but the comment about quorn could only have come from a meat-eater! The 'point' as you put it of eating a 'meat substitute' is that for most of us the primary reason for not eating meat is that we don't want to eat something that once lived. And before you start, my husband is a meat eater and i have no problem with this. I used to like the taste of meat but CHOSE to stop eating it. Why shouldn't i eat a mushroom derived protein (V.good for you!) that tastes nice and is easy on my consience?

im 20 and ive been vegetarian for about 2 years now, and i feel much more healthier! alot of people have a problem with it though and its so annoying especially when you get comments like " whats up with u? why dont you like meat?" but i enjoy being a vegetarian and will not go back to eating meat ever again! veggies do rock!

When I was a veggie, I loved it, I was addicted to my diet and I was alot healthier back then, however, I gave into the pressure my family exerted on me to convert back to eating meat, to be honest I miss my veggie diet. I rarely eat meat (unless around my family). But since eating meat again I have found my diet to cause serious risk to my health and I feel that it is unfair that I should be considered a freak for not eating meat

how come no one (vegetarians mainly) can grasp the fact that the only reason i dont like meat is because the rancid taste and vile muscle-y texture of the stuff? Im pro-hunting and wear my big leather boots with pride! just because im a vegetarian does not mean i have to be a hippy - Im NOT a hippy!!! I just think that meat taste like crap.

i have only been a vegetarian for about 4 months now and i love it! the only thing that makes me mad is when people say why are a veggie head or something stupied like that. it is my choice and no one can tell me different. also when someone says well vegetables are alive i just want to hit them. there a big different in eating meat and eating a vegetable. or someone will ask you what if the animals died of natural causes. come on! if your cat died of natural causes would you eat it. like really

being a veggie rocks

It really winds me up when people ask "Are you still veggie then?"..... another phrase that really winds me up is "we've been meat eaters since cave man times... thats what we're supposed to do" My response is always "Yeah cavement used to bash their women over the head with a club, but we dont do it now do we?" I love being vegetarian, and find that the food i eat is far more interesting than that on a meat eaters diet. Each to their own, but i personnally could never go back... animals weren't put on this earth to eat, or to be tested on but thats another argument.....

Ive been a veggie since I was 13 much to the consternation of my family. However I could not imagine ever eating meat again, and as meat eaters are unable to see the attraction with a veggie diet, I cannot see the attraction of a slab of dead flesh! I also cannot live with the cruelty issues involved with the meat farming business such as pregnant cows being slaughtered and the calves left to die as a by-product, but hey if you can live with that, then that is fine. I really hate a few things, some of which have already been mentioned, for example the meat eaters who ask why and assume that all we eat is lettuce. Im not a rabbit, I just leave out one part of what is usually considered normal to eat. I also hate the fact that people who own and run restaurants, etc are not more imaginative and think that a veggie lasgne must be the highlight of a veggie menu. Please please can we have the same choice as the meat eaters!! Also, the insistance that many veggie dishes contain or are covered in parmesan cheese - IT IS NOT VEGGIE! Unless of course you buy a veggie alternative. Oh and I cant have ham, just as somebody was saying that they always hear the older generation on about how chicken is ok, I have been told on several occasions that the veggie alternative is a ham sandwich/salad, mmmmm!! To all you meat eaters out there, just as veggies are all rabbits, maybe you are all cavemen? Maybe something for you all to mull over and maybe make you think before you automatically assume we are all salad lovers? Also, to all of you who think that all veggies are thin pale and generally unwell, I am very most definately a plus size fat bird!! Oh and to all of you meat lovers, you can eat veggie food without shrivelling up and dying, my husband who is not veggie prefers many veggie dishes to their meat alternatives, so be adventurous and give the veggie option a try every now and then, you may enjoy it!! Take the challenge. I dare you!!

I have three veggie friends and ALL of them don't respect the fact that I can't eat eggs or cheese due to high cholesterol. I respect their choice and cook veggie - why can't they respect my health!!!

My husband doesn't have a problem with my being a vegetarian. According to him, his diet is vegetarian too. He only eats vegetarians!

I don't eat meat because I don't like it and never did-I hate all the fatty bits. I have no problem eating in restaurants, although if you go out to a country pub there is rarely anything other than vegetable lasagne as an alternative. For those vegetarians who do it for moral reasons, how many of them wear leather though!

I'm a vegetarian for only one reason. If I didn't kill the animal, then I don't deserve it. When you kill an animal it is gone, when you pick a plant you bring newer life for that is grows once again from that same seed. So if I want to end a life for me to eat, i would rather give the honor to the animal and have it done by me in an unsheltered area.

It's an individual choice. It's no one elses business what you eat, whether you are veggie or not. You're still human either way. Any comments I get about being veggie I just laugh off now. So people, stop trying to defend your choices because you shouldn't need to.

What drives me mad is the amount of people (especially elderly relatives) who always tell me "stories" about various different people they know who used to be vegetarians but converted back because "they kept fainting/craved meat too much/had to when they became pregnant because it really isn't fair on the baby/suffered all manner of health problems" and have never looked back and thoroughly enjoy meat and can't believe how stupid they were. Yeah whatever. People who end up like that are obviously not eating the right foods. The main thing meat provides you with is too much fat and a high cholesterol. A vegetarian diet is a very healthy one and I'm sick of people saying vegetarians are all malnourished pigmies. I'm over 6 foot tall, so I don't feel that my diet has ever stunted my growth! And as for people asking "if you don't eat meat, what on earth do you eat?" I can't believe people have such a lack of imagination. I became a veggie when I was 10 (I'm the only one in my family) because I didn't enjoy the awful fatty school dinners or the customary burger and chips that I'd be given for tea by friends' parents. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made because suddenly people made more effort to cook me nice, tasty, inventive meals, both at school and when I visited people. I've tried so many beautiful foods that I probably would never have tried before. When I met my partner he had lived on a diet of meat and two veg all his life, and now he eats a wide variety of things, including meat which I would never try to change because it's all about individual choice. I dont understand the presumption that carnivores only want to eat meat all the time - Every meat eater I know likes a variety of cuisine. Unfortunately I do have a couple of narrow-minded friends who, when they found out I'm a veggie, launched into a tirade that started with "I hate vegetarians because they're always banging on about animal rights and trying to make people convert...blah blah blah" before I've even opened my mouth. I've never met any such veggies personally, but for me what I eat is a personal choice because I don't enjoy meat. I do care about animals, but the amount of people who think it makes me a sandal-wearing hippy/lesbian/activist is crazy. It's such a shame that cliches still exist!

I can't understand why anyone vegetarian would use something like quorn which is basically a 'meat' substitute. Defeating the object really.

two things I cannot hear anymore: 1. I hardly ever eat meat myself, you know. - thats great, did you think I was gonna shout at you if you did? 2. but how do you get enough protein? - do I feel the need to ask people who eat lots of junk food how exactly they're planning on getting their vitamins?

We all hate fussy eaters - vegetarians are probably the worst of them...

Ive been a vegetarian for over a year now. i stopped eating meat because of welfare issues,intensive farming and i hate the idea of causing the death of an animal just so i can enjoy a nice meal. Also there is the whole environmental issues, raising meat takes huge areas and resources, fields of crops are grown just to feed animals. If you are a vegetarian or vegan your ecological footprint (The amount of space or the environment necessary to produce the goods and services necessary to support a particular lifestyle)is much less than that of a meat eater and this is another reason why i choose to go veggie. Im not an animal rights actavist and i dont preach to my friends. The thing that really annoys me is when i first tell people that i am vegetarian they always ask why? so when i explain then i feel like an actavist. Do we ask meat eaters why they eat meat! no!

People have been eating meat since the dawn of mankind itself. If being a vegan is the "right" diet choice, why the need to supplement with such things as fortified soy products? A well rounded diet, including meat, needs no supplementing. One comment made here is that humans don't have the teeth for eating meat. This is simply untrue. Our teeth ARE made for eating meat, and always have been. But as we discovered fire several thousand years ago, and began cooking our meat, the need for huge incisors was diminished. We evolved. Now we may one day evolve to the extent that we don't even need teeth to chew our food. Just look at the level of heavily processed foods being consumed. Society will always being changing.

It isn't natural to eat meat. Our teeth aren't designed to bite through flesh like a lion can, for instance. There have been lots of links made between eating meat and cancer. Cancer rates are sky high and it correlates with the increase of farming. It's bad for the environment and bad for your health. There is also no such thing as cruelty-free meat. All animals, even free range, have a short life and are treated badly. The dairy and egg industries are just as bad. Animals are killed for this, so vegetarians actually support the meat industry unless they are vegan.

I don't mention it to anyone (for all the reasons above, it get's so BORING to have to fight your corner!) but eating out is a pain don't you think? If I see that immortal phrase 'vegetarian options available' once more......!! What, they think we don't care what we eat?!!

i'm not a vegetarian, although i try not to eat much meat. i really want to be a veggie but i'm having trouble getting my dad to accept this. he thinks its really stupid n keeps telling me that i cant be a veggie etc etc, n i dont know what 2 do

I have to agree with alot of ppl here...I hate it when ppl critizize me over being veggie but then I "used to eat meat" or I "wear leather sometimes..." Who flipping cares? I just don't wanna contribute to eating animals...that's all!

The thought of eating meat doesn't wash w/ me but I am so BORED of vege food!

Eating or not eaing meat is just another choice of life, and is down to personal preference for all. Im not a veggie but do prefer all lot of veggie options when dining out.

I've bin a veggie for 6 years and get reli annoyed with all the crap ppl give u wen they first discover u r a veggie! For instance, all the 'leather shoes' crap and 'but u can't b a veggie cos u eat fish!' I will call myself woteva i damn want and to hell wif all those who say otherwise!!!

iv been a veggie for 10years and i dont eat quorn either but i have a wide range of foods in my diet and am just as healthy as 'meat eaters' if not healthier. People are entitled to there own opinions and beliefes its just ashame its mainly vegetarians who think this. I agree with all the things you said and have experienced everyone of them. people need to keep an open mind an appreciate people's choice to be either a veggie or a meat eater

It amuses me when people (meat-eaters)discover I'm veggie and immediately say "Yeah, I don't actually eat that much meat myself..just chicken now and again...' assuming that I'm going to judge the amount of meat they eat! Obviously a sign of a guilty conscience...

Why is eating portrayed as a lifestyle? eat what you like, it has absolutely nothing to do with other people, meat tastes good, so do vegetables and a lot of various stuff you can do with both. i would have expected people to have much more important things on their minds rather than feeling the need to defend meat eating or vegetarianism. What is the big deal, its just food!

I like vegetarian food as long as it isn't a bad imitation of meat dishes using such muck as tofu or other tasteless stuff. Especially since there are many alternatives like nuts, mushrooms, pulses, cheese etc.

I hate it when people stop eating red meat, while still eating chicken and fish, and call themselves vegetarian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I stopped eating fish and seafood when I was 2 because I knew what it was - but I didn't realise meat was an animal until I was 10 doh. When I ate meat, I hated the taste of nearly all food, when I became vegetarian suddenly everything tasted nice. Other people always like my vegetarian - and vegan - food. So it's a myth vegetarians miss out on food that tastes good.

I've been a vegetarian for 18 years, since I was 12. I don;t like the taste, texture or idea of meat. But it's right vegetarians are always attacked for not eating meat, as if they are 'strange' or real desperate animal rights activists. And if I hear 'but why?' or 'sure what is there, you can eat?', again i'm ready to crack up. And it's always asked over and over again by the same small minded people. if I have dinner in a 'meat loving' environment, it's as if, automatically I have to be the centre of attention, and the topic of conversation. It's so annoying. I am healthy otherwise aswell, it was suggested to me that when I was pregnant that I would 'have' to eat meat for the baby & iron supplies, but my tests showed there was no problem, plenty of iron in supply & one of my 'meat loving' companions was taking stacks of tablets to keep up iron in her pregnancy. So give us a break!!!! I don;t care what you eat so get your nose outta my dinner plate. Thanks. :-)

i've been vegetarian for over 40 yrs, i can't think of anything nicer to eat with my steak!

Iv been a veggie for about 2 months. What conerted me was all the recent documentaries made on slaughter houses etc, which was very disturbing. But now im staring to realise that obviously not all animals are killed like that. We shouldn't label ourselves as "vegetarian" or "meat eater", people should just eat what they want without having to contradict others for their eating habits! If people want to eat meat then let them! It's natural to eat it - it's the food chain of life! However if people don't want to eat meat then don't! No one can contradict you and say it's boring because how would they know? they're not veggie! As for me - you could say i bat for both teams!

i have been a veggie for over 40 years, what gets my back up is resturants, they dont have any immagination, lasagne,bakes, salads and ommeletes or they dont even list them attall.also when you do order the veggie option, they have taken it off the menu, because they hav'nt got the ingrediants.

i have been a veggie for 30 years,never have a problen making nice things to eat,hate when ppl ask why i dont eat meat and that i wont have enough iron in my blood,im healthy and have lots of energy,maybe its the fresh fruit veg and meat free meals i eat.

I'm 14 and have been veggie for 2 years in april. the most annoying roumor i get is "well...vegetables are alive. Isnt eating vegetable murder?" OH MY GOD!! Are people being stupid on purpose or are their brain cells being killed by their precious meat?

I'v ben a vegetarien for about 4 years and i'm only 13. I am a vegetarian becaus I love animals and I think hunting is murder.

The one that always annoys me is when as soon as people find out you're a vegetarian they feel like they have to start challenging you or defending their meat eating habits or preaching about idealist animal rights activists even once I've made it perfectly clear that I'm nothing of the sort. Just because I'm veggie doesn't mean I'm always looking for an argument about it. I get bored of having to defend something that I shouldn't have to defend any more than my favourite colour. The only answer I now give to "Why don't you eat meat?" is "Why should I?". I also have issues with the person who said it was "stupid" not to care if other people eat animals and you "may as well eat them yourself." Maybe so- but again, why should I? I don't see any hypocrisy, just a choice made for a different reason. Its militant vegetarians and idealist animal rights activists who give the rest of us normal, well-balanced vegetarians a bad name.

i think it vastly unfair that even in today's society we can't tolerate other people's eating habits. Some people choose not to eat meat, others do, some won't eat meat because of health problems or religious reasons. I have been veggie for a year and i find it brilliant - i cook so much more from scratch and it all tastes better than processed food. what we think of as meat is packed with additives and flavourings. sausages for example are very rarely quality meat (if you saw Gillian Mckeith's new year programme you'll know what i mean!) Vegetarianism is a lifstyle choice, if i said i was converting to Judaism or islam no-one would bat an eyelid, yet i have spent a year being ridiculed by everyone for taking a stand against animal cruelty! I believe that children should make their own mind up about eating meat or not. the way animals are killed for meat is cruel - but then again, what is the kindest way to kill them? Isn't that a paradox in itself? I don't miss meat at all, but i think there are so many fallacies concerning both veggies and meat-eaters. a lot of people have one-sided views and will not even imagine what others think or believe. does it matter if one less person eats meat? really, what it means is an extra kebab for someone on a friday night out because i've stopped eating meat! if we can't respect others' reasonings for and against eating meat what chance have our children got?

I have been a vegetarian for almost twenty years now so have had lots of abuse from ignorant animal eaters. One lady once reminded me that we are born to have certain teeth to chew meat, my reply was 2yes but we are also born with an appendix but we dont use that for anything do we". Why do people who eat animals find it necessary to abuse us vegetarians as well? Probably their guilty consciounce coming through!

How do some veggies say they eat bacon? bacon is meat so they ain't is white meat.veggies don't eat it

Live and let live i'm a vege and have been for 19 years but my husband is a true meat eater who doesn't have a problem with my strong beliefs and i certainly don't preach to him about it!

We humans can survive without the need to cause suffering to beautiful creatures.That is my reason for being a vegetarian.The recent health scares related to various types of meat are very worrying, to the point that people are turning to eating less meat and looking for safer alternatives.There's loads of luverly grub if you bother to look.It's not rocket science!

It's amazing that our close relatives (- in some cases closer than others) the gorillas are big strong and healthy and yet are vegetarians

Firstly, if you are getting strange reactions from your 'friends' because you choose not to eat meat, then you don't have very open-minded friends. I am vegetarian, and when I go to my friends houses to eat, they always make the effort to cook vegetarian for me. When they come to my house, I cook meat for them. My main reason for not eating meat is that I hate to see the amount of meat we waste every day. Look on the 'sale' counter at your local supermarket and it is always full of meat products. I don't have a problem with us killing animals to eat, but I do have a problem with us killing animals and not making use of the life that they gave. Therefore I have removed myself from adding to the deman for meat which encourages our supermarkets to over-stock meat products. I don't want or expect the world to become vegetarian, or even understand my reasons for becoming veggie, but it's my choice, and if people have a problem with it or don't understand it - tough.

I've been vegetarian for 18 years and love it. My partner is also vegetarian. Our biggest gripe is the lack of choice on offer from restaurants - very few offer more than one or two choices ... and if you don't like goats cheese you are out of luck.

I have been a veggie since i was 16, my husband eats meat, although he will eat a lot of veggie food, and we are also giving our 2 year old meat until she is old enough to make up her own mind. I dont have a problem cooking meat as long as i dont have to eat it.

I'm starting to think that Vegetarians can't spell

I have been a vegetarian for 16 years [ since i was 19] i too enjoy my weekly sunday roast and never have a problem wherever we go i just say a roast without the meat, My husband [of 6 and a half years ] eats meat but now prefers my quorn/vege mince shephards pie or spag bol rather than meat mince, i disagree that quorn is tasteless it is extremely versatile [stir frys,instead of chicken korma or tikka masala, in tomotoe sauce ,mushroom sauce a lot of my meat eater friends are more then happy to go to vegetarian restaurents when we go as the food tastes so good, i love experimenting and presentation with foodmy husband loves good food and thier is such an array of choice now with vegetarian food , i am in the childcare field and have noticed nuraeries are promoting quorn and vegetarian food as it is much healthier than wont meat eaters trust me

i have been a veggie for a total of about 6 weeks now and i feel amazing. my reasons for 'converting' werent really moral although im slightly coming round to that way of thinking. As a student i find it is much cheaper to eat veggie and much more healthy because i'm not buying bad quality meat. i dont see why some people have a problem with people who dont eat meat and then have a bit once in a while, i am planning on eating 'traditional' Christmas dinner and i know i'll get some stick over it but it's my diet, i dont see why people should subscribe to the rhetoric of others all the time and limit themselves to either meat or non-meat diet. it's silly

People who do not either like the meat taste or realize the existence of self beyond this body become vegetarian. I belong to second category and am proud of it.

Victoria, I have been vegetarian for 16 years but I have never had the urge to be a preacher.

As a vegetarian, I agree with Tim that we DO miss out. This emphasises the often missed point that vegetarianism (for many, not all) is about chosing to sacrifice something we enjoy for the benefit of animals. Too often humans are driven merely by action for their own benefit.

The variety of food which I have tried since becoming veggie two years ago has been incredible. I never would have tried half of it if I had still been on a omnivorous diet. I also have found that I feel healthier as meat takes longer to digest and sits in your stomach for longer. I feel a lot less bloated. My fiance is 95% veggie because of me and feels the difference even more acutely as when he does have some meat his stomach feels very bloated. I do find that people do tend to panic when you say you are veggie as they don't realise what they can cook instead. They only think of what they cannot cook for you. My mum now has a standard meal that I get every time I go there!! It's just that people are not educated in this and growing up in a omnivorous culture (or meatatarian as I prefer to call it!)

I became veggie at the age of six because I love animals no-one else in my family is but my Mum is great and she understands my decision.The thing that annoys me most is when people treat me like some kind of freak and think that I'm someone who goes faint at anything remotely digusting just because in Science I didn't particularly enjoy seeing a animal's heart be sliced to pieces.I'm fed up with some people treating me different just because I don't eat meat !

I am 19 and i've been a veggie for the last 8 years. No one else in my family is and I don't have a problem with eating with them. I think that becoming a vegetarian is a personal choice and something that isn't for everyone. I can't imagen eating meat again I don't feel that I am missing out by not eating meat I ate meat for 11 years and I know what it tastes like and after 8 years I can't imagen eating it again.

I'm a veggie but don't judge what others eat. So, why do so many meat eaters feel compelled to treat veggies like freaks! I went veggie for health reasons and quite frankly challenge any meat eater to try being a vegetarian for a month and not feel so much healthier! Its a simple exercise, just try it and you may appreciated how one persons normal can easily by another persons normal!

i hate meat those poor animals slautered it is horrible to think about. i have been a vegetarien all my life and im so proud

I have been a vegetarian for 3 months now. I had been trying for a while but due to the environment i was in at home i have struggled. my reasons for turning vegetarian is through the endless issues that come with meat and processes used for the production or 'preperation'.it is proven to be so be healthier and safer for myself and makes me feel great. i am actually doing something which makes me feel like im making a difference. I knew that ive always wanted to be vegetarian and on watching a recent program on the TV it made me that extra bit passionate about doing it. Im in a relationship with a meat eating partener it made it hard to start with as she didnt fully understand my reasons behind my choice but she tries her best to help me now and even joins in herself when we are out ordering food or cooking at home. if you have even slightly feel like you want to change to become a vegetarian i would definatly recomend it you wont regret it.

Jack Kelly
I have recently become a vegetarian The foot and Mouth outbreak certainly made me think again and I am 73yrs old

How can you not disagree with people eating animals you stupid girl. You might as well eat them yourself if that is what you think.

There is no such word as piscetarian.

isnt it amazing how being a vegetarian really gripes people!!! Why? I have been a vegetarian for 25 of my 56 years because I couldn't live with the cruelty inflicted on animals during their short lives and at the time of slaughter. But Hey! if you really don't care that's fine but just leave us alone to eat what we like

honestly who cares what you eat! veggie, vegan or carnivore. it's only food

piscetarian are silly

go shaun!!!!! eat what you like and stop spouting aboutr it!!!

I have been a veggie all my life. I find it puzzeling that there are many comments about health and getting proteins. Beans and lentels contain more protein than meat! On the other hand meat will have much more bacteria and parasites on top of the high fat content. This makes eating meat far more unhealthy.

I don't question meat eaters about why they eat meat so what right have meat eaters got to question me about choosing to be a vegetarian.

Paul Nelson
Meat eaters often go on about us vegetarians eating "rabbit food". Fair enough, but they should be aware they are eating "vulture food" - food killed by something else which you then pick the dead flesh from. I am sick of this stupid humans have incisors, therefore we should eat meat. May I introduce you to the gorilla, whose incisors dwarf ours, and yet they are vegan! Is it a fad they are going through or is it the nature of the primate? Humans didnt start eating meat until the discovery of fire - around 400,000 years ago. By our nature we are not meat eaters - are physiology is more similar to herbivores and we do not have sharp teeth and claws like other predators.

Humans have incisors and a digestive system designed, amongst other things, to digest meat. Is it so unreasonable therefore to assume that we are indeed meat eaters as a species, and that to abstain from eating meat is against the natural order of things? I'm not saying its wrong but do get a bit miffed when people try to pass it off as a natural thing to do.

I think it is up to the individual. I think live & let live, people r so quick though to critcise-when sometimes they should look nearer to home first!!

I've been a vegetarian all my life, which is 17 years now. I have had moments where I've tried meat but to be honest I didn't think much of it. In reference to Tim's comment - I don't eat Quorn (partly based on old rumours which are probably not actually true but hey) because of it's monotonous taste and texture, but have you ever thought that the tastes of most meats are ADDED? E.g. spices. herbs and other vegetarian things.Be imaginative. With so much variety in today's supermarkets you don't need to eat the brand name substitutes. Just to clear up another myth - if you eat fish you are NOT a vegetarian, you are a piscetarian.

If you don't care about veggies and their 'rabbit food' shaun, why are you looking at this page?

Im 15 and I been a vegetarian for about 2 years and I feel great, cos i know im not costing innocent lives. Unfortunately Ive not convinced any of my family to convert, but they are supportive of my decision and have made it easier for me, my mum is a great cook and i never get bored of my food. I must disagree with Tim, I know what meat tastes like and I actually prefer Quorn food, and i find that the taste and texture is fine! I much prefer it to meat and I feel a lot healthier too.

Some of us have developed incisors to cut and tear through meat and some of us have developed independant consciousness's and choose not too use our inscisors

I don't understand why some people are so concerned with what vegetarians eat. I am an almost meat-eater (almost being I eat meat once every one or two months) and I feel great, but everybody bugs me about not eating!?! But I am afraid that I have come across vegetarians that were not as 'nice' with meat-eaters. That's not fair either. Why don't people deal with what they have on their plates, and not with what there is on other people's plates?

having been a vegetarian all my life i think it is the annoying when people assume that being a vegetarian is is a fabulously varied diet and in my house you can go one month without repeating a veggie meal..there are so many things that can be made vegetarian with such little effort and which doesn't even involve tofu and quorn...we are not missing out on anything in life..just be open minded.

I have recently turned a vegetarian and find it quite easy to find something to eat. I have become a vegetarian because i have a skin problem and the doctor said that cutting out sea food and meat may make my skin problem much better. I find it hard not to eat sea food. But i will survive. .



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