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Hey, y'all, I'm new here and not yet vegetarian -- but am moving towards it. I work with two vegetarians, but don't know either of them very well. Any advice on how to approach them to chat about changing my lifestyle? I don't want to be invasive or ask questions that may be too personal, and I don't want to seem like an ignorant lout. How would you like to be approached by someone like me?<br><br><br><br>
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hi. i'd be eager to share my experiences with you, and find out more about your motivations.<br><br><br><br>
of course, i can't speak for your colleagues, but i'd almost bet you'd receive a positive response.
 

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You could say 'I happened to hear that you're a vegetarian and I'm thinking about becoming one myself, do you mind if I ask you some questions about vegetarianism?'
 

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hi. i'd be eager to share my experiences with you, and find out more about your motivations.</div>
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Yeah. Vegetarians are in the minority so they'll probably be quite happy to find others with the same diet. Especially if they're vegetarian for ethics and they're real vegetarians and not those bird or fish flesh -eating ones.
 

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I've never found people asking me about my diet invasive. If you say you're asking because you want to be veg they'll probably think it's great, normally all we get is people asking if we ever wish we could eat meat or miss bacon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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I know in my own experience, once my colleague knew that I was truly interested in becoming vegetarian, she was more than willing to share her experiences. It is part of what forged our friendship. She is still one of my best friends even though we've moved far apart.
 

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To be honest, id be a bit upset that someone didnt bother trying to be friends with me until they wanted something out of me.... sooo maybe be a bit subtle? like get to know them a bit first then drop in the veggie thing. maybe im just oversensitive or sick of being used hah
 

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It does sound like you may have gotten used a bit too much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:"><br><br><br><br>
I guess I didn't see it as using her for something. Like with any new relationship, it was a foot-in-the-door or common ground for us to begin a friendship on. We were already acquainted and developing a friendship prior to this. Another of my close friendships developed in much the same way. I am a Pagan and a coworker was interested in pursuing similar beliefs. It led to numerous lunchtime conversations and soon became a friendship. We have now been friends for 8 years.
 

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You'd probably be pleasantly surprised if you asked them. Most vegetarians are happy to share their veggie knowledge with someone starting down the veg*n path. It doesn't happen often to me, but when people ask me for tips on being a vegetarian or even eating less meat/being healthier I'm more than happy to help them out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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are you kidding?! I'd love<br><br>
"hey, I'm interested in vegetarianism"<br><br>
instead of:<br><br>
"what's wrong with you, dontcha know you have to eat meat in order to get all your protien/nutrients?"<br><br><br><br>
they should welcome you...if they don't, that's why we're here....
 
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