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What do you do when omnis discuss meat with you? I'm not talking about rude "stupid things omnis say" remarks meant to provoke. I'm talking ordinary conversation, like:<br><br><br><br><i>"I can't wait to get home and have some of the chicken soup I made!"<br><br><br><br>
"I love going to Bob's Steakhouse. They have a great T-Bone there, I order it every time!"<br><br><br><br>
"I think I'll make some BBQ ribs for dinner tonight."</i><br><br><br><br>
Very rarely is my diet or feelings about meat brought up, but occasionally they'll work it into the conversation, typically in the form of:<br><br><br><br><i>"I know you don't eat meat, but Joe's sure makes great burgers!"</i><br><br><br><br>
My response is usually an awkward "Oh..." followed by a quick change in subject. I know this is not ideal, but folks just don't seem to "take the hint." And since these people are usually family members, coworkers, etc., I don't want to say anything inflammatory or whip out any graphic pictures, lol.<br><br><br><br>
What do you do?
 

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if they say somthing like "I love going to Bob's Steakhouse. They have a great T-Bone there, I order it every time!" tell them about your favorite resturant and how they have great (insert veggie dish). If they say somthing like "I think I'll make some BBQ ribs for dinner tonight." say somthing like "yeah Im makeing veggie stir fry."
 

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I make a face. Sort of like this: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:">
 

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I generally ignore it. One of my coworkers has an annoying habit of adding "tofu" to the front of any meat product he mentions in my presence, as though I won't know what he's actually eating. I've told him he doesn't have to do that, and I'm not out to tell him what to eat, but he keeps it up because he thinks its funny. And it kind of is.
 

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i try not to say anything becasue as soon as i do, it turns into me "pressing my beliefs on them" and we wouldnt want to do that now would we. but if people are persistand and annoying, then i will shove a comment in there, maybe stick one of my animal rights stickers on their back when they arent looking.
 

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What do you do when omnis discuss meat with you? I'm not talking about rude "stupid things omnis say" remarks meant to provoke. I'm talking ordinary conversation, like:<br><br><br><br><i>"I can't wait to get home and have some of the chicken soup I made!"<br><br><br><br>
"I love going to Bob's Steakhouse. They have a great T-Bone there, I order it every time!"<br><br><br><br>
"I think I'll make some BBQ ribs for dinner tonight."</i><br><br><br><br>
Very rarely is my diet or feelings about meat brought up, but occasionally they'll work it into the conversation, typically in the form of:<br><br><br><br><i>"I know you don't eat meat, but Joe's sure makes great burgers!"</i><br><br><br><br>
My response is usually an awkward "Oh..." followed by a quick change in subject. I know this is not ideal, but folks just don't seem to "take the hint." And since these people are usually family members, coworkers, etc., I don't want to say anything inflammatory or whip out any graphic pictures, lol.<br><br><br><br>
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i never know what to say. i usually say "ok". it bugs me especially if they know im veg. what makes them think i want to hear about them eating my friends? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:">
 

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I go along with it. For instance:<br><br><span style="color:#FF0000;">"I am very good at BBQing steak."</span><br><br><span>"Have you ever tried BBQing veggies?"</span>
 

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I always say something non commital, like, Huh. Or, ok. Or a distracted that's interesting...
 

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They're trying to make conversation, talking about their day, dinner, preferences, whatever. I join in the conversation by talking about my day, dinner, whatever.<br><br><br><br>
Friend: "I had some shrimp chow mein for lunch."<br><br>
Me: "Oh, did you go out? I love going to Chinese restaurants. The Oriental Veggie House is my favorite."<br><br>
Friend: "I haven't been there, I went to Noodle Noodle."<br><br>
Me: "I think I was there once, they had great spring rolls."<br><br>
Friend: "You can eat spring rolls?"<br><br>
Me: "Yeah, if they don't have meat in them."<br><br>
Friend: "But where do you get your protein?"<br><br><br><br>
Ok, now the conversation has gone off-topic, but you know what I mean.
 

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I generally ignore it. One of my coworkers has an annoying habit of adding "tofu" to the front of any meat product he mentions in my presence, as though I won't know what he's actually eating. I've told him he doesn't have to do that, and I'm not out to tell him what to eat, but he keeps it up because he thinks its funny. And it kind of is.</div>
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me too usually I just ignore it or make some kind of face<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I usually just do the absentminded "oh, mmm hmmm..." type thing and try to change the subject. Usually those comments come from people who don't know I'm vegetarian and I don't want to make a deal about it.<br><br><br><br>
However, my mom makes comments like that ALL the time. I really don't get it. She'll sometimes add a "sorry" but then she'll proceed to describe in detail how the chicken was so good, the "meat was just falling off the bone." Yep, nice image! I wonder sometimes if she is trying to seduce me back into eating meat? Or if she is obsessing about food so much that she just can't help herself? In any case, I find it kind of disrespectful. Then again, she is also one to buy some specialty vegan convenience foods for us when we are over so I really can't complain. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Whenever I get such comments, it's usually just an attempt to make conversation, and I treat it as such.<br><br><br><br>
Them: "My husband's cooking chicken for dinner tonight."<br><br>
Me: "Really? I haven't really thought about what I'll fix tonight. I've got some tofu in the refrigerator. Maybe I'll fix coconut tofu w/ Thai sweet and sour sauce, curried vegetables, jasmine rice, and a mixed green salad w/ peanut dressing."<br><br><br><br>
By this point, both the original speaker and anyone else who happens to be standing around is usually thinking that my dinner sounds a whole lot better than yet another night of dining on dead bird.
 

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I just say "die omni scum!!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sneaky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shifty:"> well, maybe not outloud <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My boss does this to me all the time- out of nowhere she starts telling me her dinner plans. What makes it even more annoying is that she is completely incapable of having a conversation fewer than ten minutes long. So I smile and nod while she blathers on and on and on and on..... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":help:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:">
 

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It depends on the audience. With strangers I usually mention that I'm veggie (what can I say? I like to talk about myself...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> ). But if I am with friends I usually just try to find a humorous comment to remind them.<br><br><br><br>
Friend: I really enjoyed that T-bone I had yesterday.<br><br>
Me: Really? And I'm sure the cow enjoyed that T-bone it had as well...<br><br>
Friend: Oh so you think you're so funny?<br><br>
Me: Yes...yes I do.<br><br><br><br>
and scene!<br><br><br><br>
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't but as I like to say...I am the funniest person I know.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wayne:">
 

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If the person knows I'm vegetarian and they start telling me about their yummy chicken meal they had last night I just joke with them in a mock cranky way and say 'I don't want to b***** know about your Dinner of Death! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> and then usually they apologize a lot and say they forgot or whatever.<br><br><br><br>
But if it's someone that doesn't know I'm veggie, I just let it go. I don''t see the point in making a big deal out of it.
 

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Depends on the person. If it's a friend wanting to share his/her experience at a good restaurant for example, I'll say "that's nice", and usually ask about the sauce or accompanying dishes(I can always recreate that if the dish sounded good). I know that my friends and family wouldn't tell me about their meat-eating as a provocation or means of criticism towards me, so I don't mind. If I'm not interested, I'll just nod politely till they finish.<br><br><br><br>
Typical conversation with a friend:<br><br>
Her: "I cooked the most wonderful dinner yesterday!"<br><br>
Me: "What was it?"<br><br>
Her: "Chinese style chicken. I know you don't eat chicken, but that one was so good! I marinated it and had it with satay sauce on top".<br><br>
Me: "OOoh, satay sauce! Will you teach me how to make it?"<br><br>
Her: "Sure!"<br><br><br><br>
If it's someone I don't know, I just remain indifferent and definitely don't encourage them to go on. When people know I'm veggie and they mention meat to provoke me, I either shrug it off or challenge their supposed knowledge of proper nutrition/social conventions.
 

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if they say somthing like "I love going to Bob's Steakhouse. They have a great T-Bone there, I order it every time!" tell them about your favorite resturant and how they have great (insert veggie dish). If they say somthing like "I think I'll make some BBQ ribs for dinner tonight." say somthing like "yeah Im makeing veggie stir fry."</div>
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This is my approach as well (along with what Morning Calm said). I don't feel the need to jump in, pompons waving and say "gooooooo Veggie!", since it's just a casual conversation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Usuallly I just make a kind of noncommittal noise like "oh" or "ok" and then change the subject. Sometimes I might, instead, mention what I'm having. For example, to the "I'm going home to have chicken soup" statement I might say. "Oh? I'm having stir fry hokkien noodles & baby bok choi in hoi sin sauce, with a side order of pan fried fresh ****ake mushrooms and some of my truly excellent home made steamed dim sums. I make the dim sums in fresh gow gee wrappers - I learnt it in that cooking course I did up at the temple. For afters I'm having some strawberry gingerbread cake. My own recipe, it's really good". Then they stop thinking about chicken soup and want what I'm having instead. I don't tend to mention it's veggie, or thrust that in their faces, I just describe it in delicious, delectable detail so that their mouths water and plain old "chicken soup" sounds dull by comparison.
 
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