Lunch Wars

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I don’t hide the fact that I am a vegetarian. I don’t carry a “Meat is Murder” sign with me everywhere I go either, but that’s neither here nor there. But I do consider myself relatively informed on nutrition. Anyone who decides to adopt a specific diet SHOULD understand what they need to do in order to lead a healthy life.

Every so often, people want to discuss my being a vegetarian and comment on how they could NEVER do it because of X, Y and Z.

“I like meat too much.”

“I can’t get full otherwise.”

“Does chicken count?”

“Bacon.”

I get it. Being a vegetarian isn’t for everyone. But today at lunch, a coworker of mine threw a curveball at me I hadn’t heard before, and I kind of laughed when I heard it.

“I couldn’t be a vegetarian because your food options are so limited and I like food too much.”

Let’s nevermind the fact that this coworker literally eats a turkey sandwich sandwich-841507-m 4 out of 5 days each week, with the same granola bar and processed fruit cup day after day.

What I choose not to eat vs. what I choose to eat is such a teeny tiny piece of the food spectrum. If I choose not to eat candy, soda, or Coco Puffs, does that make my food options THAT much more limited? I mean, sure I could have pizza, but I couldn’t have a Mountain Dew to go along with it. So limiting…

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The point is, when you start to take certain foods out of your diet, you get more creative with the other things you do choose to eat. Just because I can’t eat beef, doesn’t mean I can’t have just above every thing you can make WITH beef. Hell, even hamburgers have 5 or 6 variations of meatless varieties. I could argue I have more things to eat than non-vegetarians who are afraid to try something that isn’t meat.

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So this is my stance: I won’t preach about why I eat what I eat if you don’t try to challenge me on why I’m doing it. If you want to have a conversation, I’m open to it. If you want to tell me that I’m not getting enough protein or that humans have been eating animals for a zillion years and we need it to be healthy, I can point you towards a lot of studies that suggest otherwise.

And for God’s sake, if you’re going to have a turkey sandwich every day, don’t tell me how restricting my diet is to you.

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Author: ryanjrauch

I am not here to change the world. I am here to change my world.

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