I began taking vitamins during my final year of high school. It brought back some energy I hadn’t realized I was missing, and also comforted me in that fact that this way I could be more certain I was getting anything that was missing from my diet. Even though they were supportive, it can be complicated to be surrounded by friends who aren’t vegetarians. Whenever we went out to eat, I was always extremely limited in my food choices, and would often pick meat out of a dish and hand it off to one of them, which always made them happy. My best friend unconsciously began eating less meat and it got to a point where she was referring to herself as an “accidental vegetarian.” And on one instance, I was fed meat at a friend’s house because even though he was certain there wasn’t meat in the dish, he hadn’t looked at the ingredients. It contained chicken and I ended up getting sick. He apologized profusely for about 3 weeks.
I cannot count the number of absurd questions or statements brought to my attention regarding what I eat. “So you can’t eat eggs or milk?”, “But if you’re a vegetarian, how can you stand to see others eat meat?”, “Are you able to eat animal crackers?”, “Does chicken broth count as vegetarian?”, “Well I bet if you just eat it once you won’t get sick.”, “Oh so you’re the same as a vegan, got it.” A personal favorite from a boyfriend at the time was “It’s not that hard to resist meat, I bet I could do it.” He lasted two