Wouldn’t it be easier to be a vegetarian?

My church has an upcoming women’s event, which is going to be held at a restaurant. The woman in charge of the event sent all the women invited two choices for restaurants. The plan is to have us vote on the place, and the winner will be where the event is held.

I voted for the restaurant that I knew had the healthiest options. One with plenty of salads, turkey burgers, and even a veggie burger. They offer whole wheat buns and bread, and even a gluten free option. This place also has a great dessert selection, so I figured there would be a nice balance there for the women coming.

When I told Ninja of why I selected my restaurant, he looked at me and said "You should just tell people you’re a vegetarian. Wouldn’t that be much easier?"

In a sense, he’s right.

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I am constantly having to defend my healthy eating habits to people. Why do you eat so many vegetables? Why don’t you eat red meat? We’re at a BBQ restaurant, why are you ordering a veggie burger?

It would be so much easier to simply say, "I’m vegetarian." They would say ok, and move on. I might have to explain why I gave up meat, but after that, it would be locked into their brains that I’m a vegetarian and it would no longer be an issue. But saying I like to fuel my body with clean foods that are going to provide me with the best nutrients to live the kind of life I want to, will automatically lead to a debate and a million questions.

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Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying it’s easy to be a vegetarian. I’m just saying a lot of people won’t pressure or push you when they know you have given up certain foods, such as meat.

I can’t even tell you how many times someone has said to me "why don’t you just have a bite? It won’t kill you." OR "come on, live a little! It’s just sugar."

Or this one, which is my favorite, "Just eat it. You know you’re going to work out for 2 hours tomorrow anyway."

They completely miss the point. I don’t want it, why is this being forced on me?!

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The thing that really gets me, is when people harass me when I DO eat the food they push on me.

"Whaaat? You’re really eating a cupcake? Oh my gosh I guess you’ll be running a while tomorrow huh?"

Really people?!

I always laugh when people say that being healthy is tough. I never found it to be tough when it comes to healthy eating. Don’t eat junk, watch your sugar, load up on plants. Pretty simple right? The hard part is putting up with others questions and stares. Once you can get over that, being healthy is as simple as…pie.

Do you get frustrated when people question your healthy eating habits? Are you ever harassed or made fun of by family/friends?

15 comments to Wouldn’t it be easier to be a vegetarian?

  • I know what you mean. I always order the dish with the most veggies or get veggie burgers because I geninuely LOVE them and people always say “what are you, a vegetarian?” So what if I am? I’m not, but ya know. People are weird :)

  • Isn’t it CRAZY how people feel like they have license to comment on what – or how – you eat? I eat what I want when I want it – let me do it in peace please!

  • I completely relate to this. SO glad you posted about this… I get stuff like this all-the-time. I am not a vegetarian, but I am constantly irriated by comments ilke “oh, those appetizers aren’t healthy, is that why you aren’t eating them?”.. BACK UP OFF ME.. why do I have to eat them if I don’t want to? AND if I DO eat them, don’t even comment on that, either! People are jealous ;)

  • I hate when people don’t respect what people just choose to eat. I think there are people that just prefer to eat a certain way and actually enjoy it. I do not mean anything extreme but just filling their bodies with good stuff.

  • Oh gosh, I can totally relate! Especially when someone insists I eat something… I’ll usually have a bite to be polite, but it’s ridiculous. Like, I’m sorry, but don’t I get to decide what goes in my body? Thanks for posting what a lot of us are thinking :) :)

  • Such a great post!!! I totally understand you! I hate putting labels to the way I eat! Sometimes I am Paleo sometimes I’m not! I can’t eat gluten but that doesn’t mean I won’t ever eat a grain again! It’s so difficult to explain to some people and it really is frustrating how some people just don’t get the simple desire to be healthy! My favorite question is “are you on a diet?”….Just trying to be healthy! Great post!

  • You hit the nail on the head with this one! I can totally relate to this but I have come to a point where I am a lot more comfortable with my choices and other people’s comments or thoughts don’t bother me as much as they used to. I used to care SO much what “they” thought about me. Now, i’m like, whatever I’m doing what I want and I could care less what you think. haha. And you know what? It feels good!

  • Like many people here, I can relate to you in many ways regarding eating habits. But thankfully, people have caught wind that it’s good for me, it helps me and my stomach feel better, and they’re curious to eat the way I do now! I don’t think this came by so easily though, because there were (and are) many times when I do get asked Q’s, but I try to take advantage of those times in hopes that they’ll be motivated to eat healthier too! Even then, I sometimes do get a LILLLL anxious to say anything or eat the way I do when people look at my plate full of veggies, and maybe a lil meat because I don’t want them thinking that I’m being disrespectful to them–especially when it comes down to the culture and stuff. :) In many cultures, not eating like, 2 plates and a load of rice, bread and meat can make them raise their eyebrows. Oh, good news about my fam! haha, my mom loooooves oatmeal now and she tells me that she eats it most mornings, just the way I taught her, and my dad actually enjoys it too! :D eeeek. And I say, vote for the healthy place! hehe.

  • Oh my gosh, I get so much crap for being vegan–sort of mentioned it on my blog today, I guess it’s one of those problems anyone with a different sort of lifestyle will deal with on a regular basis. And I know people automatically jump to conclusions when I do mention it, so I usually don’t even bring it up until someone comments on a veggie burger restaurant choice/big salad for lunch. I do hate it when people try to force food on me (especially desserts, etc)–I’m not “restricting” myself, it’s just not something I want to eat right now!

  • Meg

    WOW! What a great post babe and I TOTALLY know where you are coming from. Sometimes at restaurants I just feel like saying I am allergic to stuff that is in a dish HAHA, but I don’t. It just feels wrong to me. I don’t get harassed or anything like that for my healthy eating habits, thank goodness, but I know a lot of people do!

  • I think no matter what, people are going to judge. It’s just life. I think a lot of people are insecure about their own food choices or have self-image issues, so they have a tendency to take it out on others!

  • Oh my gosh I know EXACTLY how you feel. I used to be a vegetarian and my boyfriends mom was constantly on me about it and telling me how “unhealthy” it was. But she had absolutely no idea what she was talking about! I wrote a post about it here: http://bitinglife.com/2011/12/14/please-do-your-research-first/

  • Wow, I can completely relate to this. And I hate all those stupid questions or comments… I absolutely don’t like being made fun of by my family and sometimes there’s really some trouble because of my eating habits. I don’t understand why people can’t just accept or at least tolerate who you are and how you want to live.

  • Ohh girl, this is a never ending battle for me. Lately things have been better..but for years when I first became a vegetarian it was ALWAYS, “why why why.” Now that I eat vegan, it’s almost as if the questions have stopped and people just accept that I am, “weird” and leave me alone haha.

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