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#1 Old 05-18-2014, 12:30 PM
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"Recovering" Vegetarian? WTF???

Hi Everyone,
I'm cooking and have the TV to the Food Network in the background. The show "America's Best Cook" is on which is a competition for home chefs.

So this one woman tells Michael Simon that she's a "recovering vegetarian".

First off, the term makes completely no sense to me. You don't "recover" from being a vegetarian.

Second, the term "recovering" is so totally offensive and absurd. It implies that vegetarianism is a sickness, like alcoholism and drug addiction, something you have to "recover" from when you go off of it.

Maybe someone should tell this ditz that people become vegetarians in order to recover from serious health issues - not the other way around.

But since she brought it up... I suppose I can consider myself a "recovering" meat eater :-D.

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That is so ridiculous! I'm sure they meant it as a dumb joke but it is kind of offensive to imply vegetarianism is something you need to recover from. It's especially bothersome if she was vegetarian for ethical reasons and then 'recovered' from it, how do you recover from compassion?

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Werwolf Girl, the pathetic thing is that she is totally serious. I get the feeling that she's saying it because she thinks it's "trendy". Also, it looks to me like she really wants to impress Michael Simon and from watching the Food Network in the past, Simon is a huge meat-loving guy. So I get the feeling that she's embarrassed about having been a vegetarian because I've watched 2 episodes of this now and she's repeated that she's a "recovering" vegetarian about 5 times each episode.

I think you said it in a wonderful way - how do you "recover" from compassion and humane treatment of the environment and of animals?

Very sad. If she wants to eat meat, fine. No problem. But shut up about it!

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Omnivores use every dirty trick in the book to justify their murderous ways. After all, if it's okay to slaughter an animal, why wouldn't it be okay to slander someone who doesn't?
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I'd go on that show to be a "recovering carnist".

Anytime I think I'm perfect, I remember that my cousin lives on an island, and I've never walked over to visit her.
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Maybe someone should tell this ditz that people become vegetarians in order to recover from serious health issues - not the other way around.
Did she mention that her "recovery" will end with hardened arteries, obesity, and elevated cholesterol levels? At least she has high medical bills and poor health to look forward to....not to mention the unbelievable harm she is doing to other beings, the environment, and the starving people on the planet.

Besides that, it seems like a good plan.
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