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OK, I just had to tell everyone about this.<br><br><br><br>
The other day in my Home Economics class, we each had to go up and talk about our cultural backgrounds and how this affects the foods we eat. I spoke about my Indonesian & Dutch backgrounds and mentioned how it's handy because many of the Indonesian cuisines are vegetarian. Everyone started questioning my choice to be vegetarian then, and the whole conversation drifted from it's actual purpose of talking about origins, to why I don't eat meat, how long for, what I eat instead etc. I guess it just amazed me; people's facination of vegetarianism. Haha. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Yes every lunch time when im eating my lunch i get 20 questions...people hold things up saying can you drink this...can you eat this...and it's like a bottle of coke or a dried fruit mix<br><br><br><br>
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Then people get fascinated with what shoes i wear or what soap i use...it's interesting how interested some people are.
 

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My friends just think it is cool, that I changed my eating lifestyle. It gets hard sometimes, but boy... there are so many substitutions out there now.... I remember years ago, you didnt get as many options for foods that were convenient
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by epski</i><br><br><b>Yeah, well, what can we say? We are, unfortunately, unique in this respect.</b></div>
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Exactly! Some of my friends were like "so do you eat chicken?" and I'm like.. "no.. that's meat" and they're like "so do you eat pork?" and I'm like "NO THAT'S MEAT!".<br><br><br><br>
People just don't understand, hey? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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I get that, too. They are always interested in what I am eating and I try to eat by myself because they make me feel uncomfortable. I like to eat my food in peace and I don't like them acting as if I just sprouted a third eye or something. I tell them I can have anything they can and it is lower in fat, tastes better and an animal did not have to die. They have said a bunch of stupid things to me and now when they start saying stuff like "Tofu is people" I just look at them say, "You know, that joke is getting *really* old and it never *was* funny". Then they apologise to me. I have also got the blank stares after being asked if I ate chicken after telling them I eat nothing that comes from an animal. They never understand and I think they are in awe of me because of my uniqueness, and I like to be unique.<br><br>
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Yes, I've noticed that people are very intrested in what I eat as well. The kids I work with espceically (5th graders) are always curious to know what I can and can't eat. They always hold up various things from their lunches asking if I can eat this or that. Once in awhile I eat my lunch with them and they look through my food as if it were foreign. Once I had a ww pita pocket filled with veggies. They were amazed that there was no meat or cheese in the sandwitch. They kept saying 'so theres only veggies in that' in this completely amazed voice. Its kind of funny actually.
 

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My friends (contrary to my parents) think it's actually kind of cool. Like, I'll bring brownies or whatever to share and they're like, "oh! are those the ones with tofu in them?!?" and make a mad dash to try them. Today we were at Souper Salad and they were drooling over my plate. I was like, "you see, veggie food ain't all bad!"
 

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Wow! I am so glad that other people experience what I do, too. Kinda feels like a big relief.<br><br><br><br>
Has anyone ever experienced other people trying to proove to them that that you eat meat? I have. I eat a cheese sandwich every now and then with some pesto on it and they always try and proove to me that the pesto is meat (I think they mistake it for the red colour). It never is, yet they seem intent on finding me eating meat and proving me wrong. What is with that?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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It is funny how people become inquisitive when they discover my choice in foods. Most will often ask why. I usually reply with short answers- health, reverence for life, etc. Occasionally I'll come across someone who tries to convince me that my lifestyle is irrational. It's not worth it to get into a debate with someone like this. However, if someone appears genuinely interested, I'll fill them in on how well life has become since giving up animal products.
 

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When I first went veggie, I got the typical "But what do you EAT?" question from people who were actually truly concerned that I was going to starve. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> (A key side note: I can be a human vaccuum cleaner when my tummy starts growling, so starving would be quite a change! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">)<br><br><br><br>
My extended family (aunts, uncles, etc.) were fascinated last Thanksgiving, though, when I passed up the turkey and munched on much more veggie-friendly fare. They kept asking me all about it, why I went vegetarian, etc., etc. When I finished explaining, they just kind of shook their heads -- but haven't asked me again or made any more comments imploring me to eat the turkey! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> (My own parents, however, are the exact opposite -- it's no big deal to them, and there are copious amounts of vegetables, etc., on the table when I come home for visits!)
 

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Most people ask the typical "so what DO you eat?" questions, but I'm getting used to it.<br><br><br><br>
The thing that irritates me, though, is when people won't eat food I make b/c they assume it's got something "gross" like tofu in it. It's just a salad, people!<br><br><br><br>
Then there's a very good friend of mine who I eat out with on a regular basis and she knows it's not hard to find a restaurant with good veggie options and yet on Friday she asked my bf if it's hard to go out to eat with me b/c I'm a vegetarian. He looked at her like she was the biggest moron on the planet.
 

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My friends seem fascinated by the challenge of trying to cook for me -- and they've come up with some really good stuff!
 

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ok.<br><br>
Today a boy in my class thought all I ate was lettuce. I HATE lettuce! But.... he is still a cute boy<br><br><br><br>
hopi100, What did you have for TH. givings. I had homemade fried tofu "chicken". MMmm..<br><br><br><br>
I'm in HE too. It's lots of fun even though half the food is ineatable<br><br><br><br>
Uh oh the screen's gone funny . What'd I do this time?
 
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