Are you a vegetarian?
When did you become a vegetarian, and what made you make the change?
I’ve been a full vegetarian since July 5, 2011. I’d been dabbling in pescetarianism and on again off again vegetarianism for months, and I finally made the personal moral decision that eating meat was wrong, and that it was unfair for me to be so poorly dedicated to the cause. I’m a teenage girl who spends too much time on the internet- of course I’d seen YouTube videos and Tumblr things about animal cruelty and the disgusting aspects of the meat industry, so though it sounds stupid and shallow the internet did play a large role in my being a vegetarian. I did a lot of research and talked to my friends and my parents about it and I stopped eating meat.
I want to become a vegetarian, do you have any pointers? How do I get enough protein?
Well first of all, understand that it’s not just protein that may be lacking in your diet if you aren’t eating properly. The following is a list of nutrients you need and ways to consume them that I shamelessly copied from a book called The Vegetarian Bible.
Iron (combine with foods high in vitamin c)
Now that you are a vegetarian, realize that you can’t just eat the same way you used to and remain completely healthy. See this as an opportunity to try new things and eat healthier! Look at vegetarian cookbooks, and more importantly- vegetarian blogs and websites for interesting recipes. Work hard to keep your diet balanced, and enjoy yourself in the awesome decision that you made to be a vegetarian!
How do I submit a problem?
Send it as an ask, please.
What is your personal tumblr?
(A lot of mediocrity, randomness, and glee. I apologize if that’s not your kind of thing.)
You answer too many questions and it makes me sad.
I’ll answer questions as long as I get them. Click on “PROBLEMS ONLY” on the side of the page, and never worry about questions again!
That thing you said was wrong! Why don’t you know everything about vegetarianism?
That would be a lot to know, so I do not claim to be an expert.
Why aren’t you a vegan?
I know that at the point I’m at now, I will not be able to maintain a healthy diet being vegan. I certainly plan to go vegan in the future. But until I’m buying my own food and cooking all of my own meals, vegetarianism will have to do. I do, however, try to avoid as many animal products as possible.
What is gelatin?
Gelatin is made from the bones, skin, ligaments, and tendons of cows, pigs, and horses. The parts are boiled and processed until a gel forms. It’s powdered and used as a thickener.
I eat —— and ——-, am I still a vegetarian?
Some people will tell you that no, if you eat any kind of animal you are not any kind of vegetarian. In my opinion, that just puts you into a certain subcategory of vegetarianism.
Pollotarians eat chicken and other poultry, but no red meat or fish.
Pescetarians eat fish and other seafood, but not red meat or poultry.
Pollo-Pescetarians eat poultry and seafood.
I still eat things containing gelatin, am I a bad vegetarian?
I don’t think you are, of course not! Making any effort to stop eating meat is amazing, and it’s usually a case to case situation for vegetarians when it comes to gelatin. Personally, I try my best to refrain from eating anything with gelatin, simply because animals do have to die for it to be made.
My parents won’t allow me to be a vegetarian, what should I do?
I can’t give you advice to defy your parents, and I don’t know your parents personally so I don’t how they’ll react, but just try to slowly and patiently inform them about vegetarianism as a practice, explain to them your reasoning behind it, and assure them that you know what you’re doing and you will stay healthy. Most parents are just worried about your health and want the best for you, so just be patient and understanding!