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People (OK, lets spell it out - meat eaters) either don't understand, know or care about what we put in our mouths. This is my example.<br><br><br><br>
About fifteen years ago I was was with my then girlfriend (an omni) on our way to her parents house. We stopped off on the way to visit some friends of her family. When she stepped out of the room, they offered me a sausage roll (sausage in puff pastry) saying,<br><br>
"Go on we won't tell her"<br><br>
"There's no meat in it" <img alt="" src="http://www.plaudersmilies.de/sad/nixweiss.gif" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br><br>
Does anyone else have similar experiences?
 

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umm well at work someone once tried to tell me the chicken wings were made of tofu so i could have one LOL but i knew he was just joking around with me. i'd just say no thanks and roll my eyes.<br><br><br><br>
but yeah i've had people do that too "don't worry i won't tell, you can just try a little piece, it won't kill you to cheat just once" argh, i hate that. it's not a freakin diet, it's an ethical way i chose to live my life, for pete's sake! it's like saying to someone who's trying to lose weight or cut back on sugar "don't worry i won't tell anyone if you have a donut" gimme a break!
 

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When people say that to me, I can't help but laugh.<br><br><br><br>
To me, it's like giving someone a gun and saying "oh, no one will mind if you only kill ONE person..."<br><br><br><br>
Some people are just... MORONS!
 

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I've honestly have never had anyone say that to me before, about the cheating.<br><br><br><br>
Generally people just don't realize that I won't eat something, like Jello or marshmallows.
 

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Every time my mom and brother order food they tell me it's soy chicken wings and that I can have one. It gets very anonying after a while. I want to run away to a nice vegan village or town so I don't have to hear of it anymore. Anyone know of one?
 

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If my husband spots something vegan and yummy in the fridge, he has a tendency to pick it up and pretend that the ingredients say egg and milk and oh dear what a shame teri can't eat it after all... luckily he can't fib to save his life.
 

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An angel food cake. My mom swore to me that it was vegan because it came out of a box and she didn't have to put any eggs or milk in it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">. Here's a secret: I appreciated the gesture so much that I ate it anyway.
 

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My fiance (Rich BeBe) and I were in an Italian restaurant a while ago and he ordered a pasta dish and asked that they please make it with no cheese. When the waitress brought it to the table it clearly had tons of ricotta cheese in it. Rich said, "I'm sorry. I asked for no cheese." And the waitress seemed annoyed and said, "What are you talking about?! It's not cheese, it's ricotta!!" She took it back and got him a new one but had a little bit of an attitude about it. She told that the next time he orders there he should specify, "No cheese, no ricotta." It was funny and we still laugh about it but it is pretty annoying when people cop an attitude with you. Sometimes I'm so sick of it that I just say, "I'm allergic to eggs/meat/dairy" or "It's against my religion" because people sometimes take medical and religious objection a lot more seriously than philosophical objection. And I find that so sad. But oh well, the ricotta comment was truly funny.
 

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I think, in Italian cooking, the food pyramid is: meat, fruits & vegetables, olive oil, pasta, cheese, and ricotta (or "ri-got" as the waitress said) is the little triangle at the top of the pyramid. A little category all its own...<br><br><br><br>
Being half Czech myself, I know that butter and dumplings are the main staples in the Czech food pyramid! Now I would say that, in our household, butter and dumplings have been replaced by brown rice, beans, and veggies! Ok, and vegan brownies...
 

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people roll their eyes when I mention things like " that has whey in it" or That has milk fat". Or they try and tell me things are vegan though usually ina kidding way so I can tell.
 

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Please never say you are allergic unless you really are. The lives of people with severe food allergies depend on their being taken seriously when they tell a food service worker about their allergy.<br><br><br><br>
This is the problem: Say you tell them you're allergic to milk, when you're not really. The chef stirs someone's fetuccine Alfredo, then stirs your pasta marinara. You'll never know the difference. If you were severely allergic to dairy, you'd end up in the hospital or dead.<br><br><br><br>
So the next time someone comes into this restaurant, says he's allergic to milk, and really *is* allergic to milk, they do the same thing - stir the Alfredo and then stir the Marinara with the same spoon. They think "well, we did it for the last guy who was allergic and he was fine". Trouble is, you were lying and this guy isn't. So he ends up taking a trip to the emergency room.<br><br><br><br>
Ever hear of the boy who cried "wolf"? Food allergies are nothing to be taken lightly or lied about. They are a very, very serious matter - a matter of life and death for those affected. Say you're veg*n, say it's against your religion, say whatever you want, but please don't say you're allergic unless you actually are.<br><br><br><br>
Peace,<br><br>
Maggie
 

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Thats an interesting and very well made point Maggie. I've occasionally thought that people would be more sympathetic to allergies rather than a dietary choice. Hadn't considered it as an actual option, certainly won't now.
 

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That is a good point Maggie. Unfortunately for those with food allergies, they most likely don't go to restaurants too often bc of the lack of seriousness with which many restaurants take special requests, not to mention cross-contamination if it's really serious.
 

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I seldom go to restaurants, but years ago I had to because of my job. I did say sometimes "And also no Milk, no yoghurt... it makes me throwup. All over the tablecloth possibly-I might not even make it to the toilets..." But I only said that if I thought the server wasn't concentrating. It seemed to focus their mind on my order.
 

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Im pretty quiet about my eating habits. When people ask me if I want some I just say "no, thanks". Or when people ask me "why?" I just tell them that I just don't want to. After the first year I got tired of explaining myself so I stopped. I went to O'Charley's once with my former boss and he was like "she doesn't eat meat" trying to assist me in my quest for food and the waiter said with a confused look and all seriousness "not even chicken?", shaking my head trying not to laugh "nope, not even chicken."
 
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