How NOT to Tell Your Friends You’ve Become a Vegetarian
If you have gone vegetarian, then chances are you will want to tell all your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, etc. about your new diet. Here are some ways to tell people you have become a vegetarian.
1) Start handing out animal rights flyers. Make sure they are as gruesome as possible. Try to give them to your friends while they are eating.
2) Right as your friend is about to bite into a burger, give a detailed description of how the cow was slaughtered to make it.
3) List all of the hormones and chemicals in the meat your friends are about to eat and then start spouting off all of the health problems which can occur from eating meat.
4) Say really loudly, “HOW CAN YOU EAT THAT?!”
5) Force them to try your new macro-healthy Brussels sprouts and kale shake.
6) Tell them that going vegetarian would help them with their weight problem.
7) Talk about how your bowl movements have improved since you stopped eating meat.
Okay, there are probably not the best ways to tell people you have switched to a plant-based diet. You will just end up sounding preachy and smug – something which vegetarians are constantly being criticized as being. But, the truth is that with any diet change, you are sure to ruffle some feathers. People automatically become defensive of their own dietary habits the moment they hear someone else has taken an initiative to follow a different diet. This happens regardless of whether the new diet is based on health or moral reasons.
Since food is such an important part of our everyday lives, you will eventually have to tell people that you no longer eat meat. It isn’t smugness – it is just a practicality so you don’t end up in an awkward situation like your date taking you to a steak house where your only option is plain salad.
If you want to avoid sounding smug and pretentious when telling people you’ve gone veg, keep these tips in mind:
Keep the focus on you
Instead of saying things like “A vegetarian diet can help you lose weight”, instead say things like “I’ve lost 10 pounds since going vegetarian and feel great!”
Don’t get defensive
Instead of saying “At least my tofu burger wasn’t tortured just so I could eat it”, say instead “This tofu burger is actually really good! Want to try some?”
Be upbeat about your decision
Focus on how good the switch to vegetarianism is making you feel. No one will think you are smug if you say things like “I really want to focus on being healthier this year. I’m going to try a vegetarian diet and see how it makes me feel. The fact that it coincides with my moral beliefs is just another perk.”
Share instead of criticize
Saying things like “how can you eat that?” are not going to win you any friends or vegetarian converts. Instead, offer them a bite of your mock-chicken salad so they can see for themselves how good it is. Make sure you always bring extras!
Don’t give nutrition advice
You hate it when people start telling you things like you need to eat meat to get protein. So, don’t be annoying back by giving out unsolicited nutrition advice.
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