So, my new job is great. It pays well, the hours are decent, I can drive there and park in a parking lot... but the only downside is that since it's at a construction company, there are a lot of "macho" men who love their meat... and hunting. There are also just a lot of generally closed-minded, SAD-eating people for some reason.
One old guy who is higher-up than me is a really big fan of sport hunting. He always makes comments about how he'll bring back a carcass for me, or how I should try the barbeque/ribs/chicken enchilladas that they're having for lunch, and when I don't he gives me the evil eye... and he doesn't even know I am vegetarian! I can't imagine what it would be like if he did.
I've been pretty low-key as to my vegetarianism, since it would probably draw criticism and create a hostile work environment if I was militant about it at work. So, not a whole lot of people really know. But I still manage to get stupid comments.
For Example:ME (talking to another co-worker):
Yeah, I have a slight stomach problem and it usually doesn't act up, but my tummy hurts today.2ND CO-WORKER:
Oh that's too bad. Maybe it's from stress.3RD CO-WORKER:
Nah, you just need to eat some Beef! Coat that stomach with meat and animal fat! ME:
Um, yeah. NO.
I'm going back to my desk. *thinking: yeah I'm sure that meat is the perfect thing to treat IBS.*
*Eats veggie booty*CO-WORKER:
OH MY GOD! What is tht green
It's called veggie booty. It's like Cheetos, but healthier.CO-WORKER:
Healthy Cheetos? That don't sound right.ME:
And eating something that's dyed neon orange does
At lunch with 2 Co-workers- T and F:T:
So what are you getting?ME:
I think I'll have the Pad Thai with tofu.F:
Tofu's bad for you if you're a boy. You'll grow boobies! (said in true third-grade fashion) ME:
Actually that's not necessarily true. The plant phytoestrogens in soy are...F:
*interrupts* NO!! SOY BAD!!!! I don't want boobs from all the extra hormones in my body!!!ME:
Well it's only really bad if you have a hormone imbalance, or if...F:
*interrupts again* NO you are one of those crazy vegetarians, you don't know what you're talking about!!!ME:
OK, I'm crazy but you are the one sitting here going LALALA I'M NOT LISTENING TO YOUUUU! when I am trying to have a conversation with you?! How does that make sense?T:
Sooooo where do you get your protien?ME:
*glad for subject change* Well there is protein in almost everything we eat, except fruits and really processed crappy food. I eat lots of vegetables, whole grains, legumes....F:
That stuff doesn't have enough protein in it!!! All
vegetarians have protien deficiencies. An 8 ounce slab of meat...ME:
*interrupts* ...has way too much protien for the average person.F:
How much protien do you think you need?ME:
About 55-60 grams a day.F:
HA! You're crazy. For a guy like me I need much more than that, if I want to maintain muscle mass.ME:
You don't need meat to do that. Protien is really easy to get if you do your research, and there are
Pshhh. Yeah right.
You are just a crazy vegetarian, what do you know?ME:
wanted to tell him that there is probably more of a chance of him growing "boobies" from the growth hormones in milk and meat. I also wanted to ask him: "OK, so if soy has so much estrogen in it, it should technically be able to be used as a method of chemical birth control. So if your girlfriend came up to you and said, "F, I decided to go off my birth control pills and I'll just eat a lot of soy, so that way I won't get pregnant!" would you be comfortable with that?" and watch him squirm. But, we were in a public place, and he was making a scene trying to drown out everything I said.
On the bright side, most of my co-workers that know are really cool about my vegetarianism. On the plus side, there is one older guy there who is a vegetarian, and he is really cool! We went out for Indian food and had a long talk about our veg beliefs.