Actually, I wanted to use the following headline How I Struggle To Be A Vegetarian, but eventually I decided to keep it positive. And honestly I’m not as brave as many other bio-organic-eco-phyto-friendly people so I’m a lacto-ovo vegetarian.
Needless to say, vegetarian diet is rather controversial topic. I want to delve into neither moral nor digestive aspects of the problem. Let’s just see what impact this “problem” can have on your life.
1) I don’t eat meat (and fish/chicken/eggs/liver/kidney) not because animals are thinking, feeling creatures and I feel sorrow for them. I just don’t like the taste of all that meat stuff. And normally I kill one kitten per day.
2) When I say “I’m a vegetarian” people think that I only eat carrot sticks but they ask, “Then what do you eat at all?”
3) When I visit my relatives and remind them that I don’t eat meat and foods of animal origin, they offer me either scrambled eggs or pancakes with red caviar (disclaimer: they are Russian).
4) I don’t get the idea of veggie steaks, veggie bacon, veggie hamburgers, and other vegan fast food. That doesn’t tally with my definition of a vegetarian diet. But that’s just me. I don’t trust vegetarians who tell about their non-meat life, fiercely sinking their teeth into juicy soy meat.
5) The only shop that has been selling tofu in my town stopped doing it two months ago. A shop assistant said that no one (but me) buys tofu so they had to stop carrying that product. Now I hope the shop’s supplier will arrange the delivery of Vitamin B12. And some meds for anemia. And for depression.
6) Be also ready, because your friends and relatives (and concerned strangers) will always remind you about nutritional deficiency and a lack of essential minerals on your plate that in turn leads to mental problems and causes damage to the brain. You should stay calm and reject all the arguments. Just don’t tell them that it’s supposed to be a ten-point checklist but nothing is coming to your mind. Instead, insist that your lucky number is 6.