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20 Things Only Vegetarians Would Understand

20 Things Only Vegetarians Would Understand

Dietary restrictions are common across almost all cultures and people. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 7.3 million, or 3.2 percent of the population in the United States are vegetarian, while approximately six percent of the population, or 3.6 million people in England are vegetarian. Meanwhile, in India, the country with the highest number of vegetarians in the world, an incredible 40 percent of the population, or 399 million people, are vegetarians.

Whether your decision to be vegetarian is moral, religious, or intellectual, people tend to bring up the same tired points. The following 20 constant occurrences are ones every vegetarian can relate to.

1. People Judge Your Nutrition

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    Everyone you meet suddenly has an opinion about protein and iron. You know they mean well, but you can almost guarantee you know more about sources for these nutrients than they do.

    2. People Justify Their Diet to You

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      Likewise, new friends and acquaintances will feel the need to justify their food choices to you. Without even bringing it up, others feel the need to give you a detailed history of their meat intake. Again, even though you know they mean well, it can be awkward to listen to someone recount their week’s meals.

      3. People Ask You About the Strangest Foods

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        People expect you to be an authority on obscure vegetables, spiritual exercises, and all things natural. This is a problem because, in reality, you’re still trying to find a brand of meatless hamburgers you like!

        4. Others Expect an Explanation

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          Any time you meet somebody new, they’re bound to investigate your reasons for being vegetarian. Sometimes these questions are innocent enough, but every once in a while a close-minded loudmouth is sure to drive you crazy.

          5. Your Beauty Collection is Never Complete

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            No matter how many cruelty-free products you buy, there always seems to be something else you still need a more eco-friendly version of.

            6. Restaurants Are Hit and Miss

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              You try not to make a fuss when your friends are choosing what restaurant to go to, but you regret it when your only meal option all night is bread and salad.

              7. People Try to Catch You Slipping Up

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                Anytime you wear faux fur or leather, everyone you know is quick to accuse you of having a double standard. It can be tiring to explain it’s fake upwards of ten times a day.

                8. People Think They’re Your Doctor

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                  Suddenly your body type is an indicator of however you’re failing as a vegetarian. Even though you barely know someone, they are quick to tell you that if you are on the thin side, you’re under nourished. But if you’re heavier set, you must be eating nothing but cheese and fries.  

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                  9. Celebrations Can Be Tricky

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                    Family gatherings, especially if you have more conservative members of your family, are full of ways to misstep. Even if you try not to bring it up, someone is bound to make a remark about you turning down a dish that someone slaved over.

                    10. Dinner Invitations Can Be Tricky

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                      You hate the feeling of making your diet requirements known in the face of any dinner invitations. No matter how close you are to the person, it’s never fun to be the one causing complications.

                      11. Some Vegetarians Can Be Too Judgemental

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                        Overly pretentious vegetarians are judgmental when you date people who aren’t vegetarian. There’s no easy way to remind people that your significant other’s food is a strange concern if you’re happy.

                        12. People Try to Break You

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                          You still don’t have a response down for when people try to hit on you by telling you that they’ll be the one to make you eat meat again.

                          13. People Think They Know You

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                            Similarly, people who are also vegetarian instantly jump to try and date you, even when you have nothing else in common.

                            14. People Can’t Believe You Don’t Like Bacon

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                              You’ve been asked countless times about how you live without bacon, but people won’t believe that for you, bacon’s just not that great.

                              15. People Want to Trick You

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                                You are also tired of being asked if you would eat meat for money or to save your life.

                                16. Some People Get Offended

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                                  It’s always awkward when you meet someone who gets upset because you are vegetarian. Whether an older family member or complete stranger, it’s never an easy situation to navigate.

                                  17. You’ll Always Be an Animal Freak

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                                    No matter how many times you try and highlight the health benefits to being vegetarian, some people will never think you can be a vegetarian for reasons other than caring about animals. 

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                                    18. “Why Do You Hate Vegetables?”

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                                      Having answered endless questions yourself, you of all people can appreciate that others make too big of a deal when people are vegetarian. That being said, the sarcastic “plants are being killed” conversation is getting old fast.

                                      19. People Make Assumptions

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                                        Unfortunately, even if you are humble and reserved about being a vegetarian, some people will always assume that you are pretentious.

                                        20. Feeling Content is Easier

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                                          Even though it drives you crazy, no matter how much teasing you endure, it’s hard to beat the feeling of living up to your convictions.

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                                          Last Updated on January 25, 2021

                                          What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                                          What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                                          It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

                                          If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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                                          What should I do today? No ideas?

                                          Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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                                          Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

                                          1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
                                          2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
                                          3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
                                          4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
                                          5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
                                          6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
                                          7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
                                          8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
                                          9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
                                          10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
                                          11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
                                          12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
                                          13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
                                          14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
                                          15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
                                          16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
                                          17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
                                          18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
                                          19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
                                          20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
                                          21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
                                          22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
                                          23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
                                          24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
                                          25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
                                          26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
                                          27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
                                          28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
                                          29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
                                          30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

                                          Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

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