Being Vegetarian | CharlotteBehappy

NOTE: No blog posts will be going up from Saturday 26th of July to Saturday 2nd of August. Normal posts will resume on Tuesday 5th of August since I'll be on holiday and I'm not sure I'll be able to upload. However, there will be a post about my trip. 

I thought I'd do an FAQ type post on being a vegetarian. Hope you enjoy!

1. How long have you been Vegetarian?

I've been Vegetarian from the day I was born .

2. Why are you Vegetarian?

Although it's unclear exactly the reasons, I believe it's because my Grandma's a Buddhist, and it's part of Buddhism to not eat meat, in a similar way that Muslims must eat Halal meat. I also don't want to eat meat, partially for animal rights. Livestock also uses up a lot of freshwater and land which is scarce and it's simply inefficient compared to how much  profit and biomass (food) they make. I believe in equal rights of animals and humans think that in this day and age, humans don't need to eat meat to survive whereas as cave men, hunting was our instinct.

3. Do you not ever want to eat meat?

Not particularly, especially since the texture and flavour of all sorts of meat are completely alien to me. Since I've never had it, there's no appeal to me.

4. Do you ever look at an advert on TV and think 'I want to eat that chicken'?

Nope, like I said before, this is mainly because I've never had it. Like with most foods you've never tasted, you don't generally have a great desire to eat it. The desire comes from knowing what something tastes like and enjoying that taste.

5. Are you family vegetarian?

Everyone on my Mum's side are: My grandparents, aunts (plus one spouse) and all my cousins. No one on my Dad's side is Vegetarian (including my Dad) who eats a non-vegetarian diet.

6. What do you eat? 

A lot of carbs and meals where the meat is replaced with vegetables. In terms of brands, we rarely eat Quorn but eat a lot of Linda McCartney meals. We also eat some Kosher food that's vegetarian. We eat fish occasionally (although I'm giving this up once 16). We don't eat lots of meat substitute meals and mostly eat meals that a meat eater would eat that happens to be vegetarian (eg. pasta).

7. Do you eat protein?

I get protein in the form of fish (since it's needed to grow). I eat lentil based meals often as well as tofu occasionally. I don't get much protein from Quorn and personally, I don't eat eggs (or products that contain a lot of dairy due to the fact that I dislike it) but you could get a high protein source from there.

8. If you love animals so much, why do you eat their food?

This is ridiculous. Like I said before, animals use up so much land and freshwater and food that could be used feeding many starving people. For every field, we can grow so many more crops than we can breed meat. Animals are often left in terrible conditions but crops provide a home for many insects and animals, therefore providing life for them.

9. Do you find it hard to find food to eat when you go out?

Generally not, there's usually a vegetarian item on every menu. Obviously, I'm not going to go to a steakhouse. The general rule is that if a restaurant only has one vegetarian option, it'd be terrible. Oriental and European restaurants as well Mexican usually have a really good selection of Vegetarian food that tastes good. 

10. What do you eat at Christmas/Sunday Roast?

It varies from year to year. We often eat Yorkshire Puddings etc but substitute the main meat part with something else. Not often nut roast but some sort of pastry or vegetarian piece.

11. Do you eat tofu?

Only when I eat Japanese food. Personally, I don't see the fuss. It doesn't taste of anything by itself. It's designed to be eaten with other foods so that it tastes a bit more interesting but still providing a healthy, low fat, protein source.

12. Are you healthy?

Apart from the fact that I eat a lot of crisps, I'd consider my general diet quite healthy. Vegetarians generally have good digestive systems due to their large intake of fibre.

13. Have you ever tried meat?

When I was very young, I did although I don't think I liked it. I have no desire to try it again.

14. What would happen if you ate meat?

I would most likely get food poisoning, even if a trace of meat touches my food. This is mainly because my body is not able to digest it. However, if you previously ate meat and then went back to eat after being Vegetarian, you'd probably be fine. If you didn't eat meat for years, it's likely to make you ill.

15. Vegetarians are just fussy eaters and annoying.

I don't see anyone complaining about it if it'd for religious reasons (Sikh, Hindu, Buddhism) or if I only ate halal meat and didn't eat Pork (Islam). This is just bigotry.