I became a vegetarian in February of this year. I’ve always wanted to “try” it but it wasn’t until I watched the dvd Food Inc. that the decision was made. This was a truthful dvd and I don’t think it was made to turn people to vegetarians but to show as a country what we’ve become or allowed to happen with the meat, and grain production in this country. There were however truthful areas of the film that were so disturbing to me I could no longer justify eating meat. Every time I think of cheating I remember those pictures in my head.
Several things stand out in my journey as a vegetarian. The first thing is it’s extremely hard to go out to social events where these is no option for us. Restaurants can be tiresome, many offer no choices other than taking the burger off the bun and giving you the bun and fixings. Many restaurants will not make changes to items such as removing the meat, which seems so silly to me. Going to visit friends for dinner makes you stand out like a sore thumb, they have to be told ahead of time. It’s really not a big deal if I eat salad for dinner but some feel they have to make a special dinner just for that “different” person. Not necessary.
The other thing that stands out to me is as a vegetarian you will hardly ever get support for what you are doing. The first question is “why did you do it?”, and the next statement is “I could never do that”. Very rarely does anyone say “good for you” not that I care. It almost feels like we’re some how threatening to them. I really don’t care if someone eats meat or not, I’m not out to convert anyone. What I would like is more choices out there for those of use who choose this lifestyle. Salads are great but we’re not bunnies other choices would be fantastic!!Being Vegetarian