Originally posted by desty
Apart from the standard...'but you still eat fish right?'
I never ate fish anyway,
I love this one. I am proud to say I have never even TRIED fish or had it once in my life. My mom never cooked it and I was too disgusted by the smell to even try it when I ate meat.
So I think it's funny when people ask "Do you STILL eat fish?"
One of my co-workers calls herself a vegetarian even though she eats sealife. She works in another city and I only see her once or twice a year for meetings. She recently told me she went vegan and I was like "good for you!" Then when we were making plans for dinner she told another co-worker that she would prefer not to eat fish, but could do so "in a pinch." WTF?
She is really nice otherwise but people like her that call themselves vegetarians but still eat fish just makes it harder for all of us real vegetarians. It just perpetuates misinformation to the already uninformed.
I hope I didn't offend her though. We went out to a restaurant together and the waiter asked if fish was ok and I replied "Vegetarians do not eat fish." And he said "Oh, well some do." And I said "Show me the plant that fish grows on." I had forgotten my dining partner was one of those "fair-weather" vegetarians. Doh!
My mom was telling me about her friend's daughter who is a vegetarian. But she eats fish. So when I met her she told me "I am a vegetarian also!" I looked at her and said "Oh, I thought I heard you still ate fish." "Oh, yes, I eat fish," she replied.
I said "Well, that's a great start!"
I think that is the best way to handle these Fish eaters who insist on call themselves veg. Encourage their start in a veg direction but also point out to them that they are not actual vegetarians until they no longer eat fish.