Okay, time for a not so shocking confession: I don’t eat meat. I’m not a vegetarian, because I still eat fish, so the actual term for me is pescetarian. I stopped eating meat about five years ago, and it was a decision that I still feel really great about. Now, you would think that my eating habits wouldn’t really be interesting to anyone else but me, right? Wrong.
Ever since I made the switch from carnivore to pescetarian, I have been questioned and bothered about it by the majority of people I come in contact with. And honestly, I really wish it would stop. Curiosity is no big deal. I don’t care if you ask me what made me stop eating meat.
The comments that bother me are the ones that come from people who seem to be personally offended by the fact that I’m a pescetarian. Or by the people who insist on making fun of me for it every chance they get. Or the people who insist on trying to talk me into eating meat again, who basically flat-out tell me I’m stupid for making the choice I did.
I’m sorry, but why is what I choose to eat, or not eat, any of your business? Oh, right… it’s not. Since I have friends who have also made the decision to cut meat out of their lives, I know that I’m not the only one who gets picked on. It’s beyond annoying for a lot of reasons, and honestly, it needs to stop.
Like I said before, I don’t care if people are curious about my decision. I tell everyone the same thing: I read a book about what goes on in slaughterhouses and what is actually in our meat and chicken. It completely grossed me out! That afternoon, I immediately stopped eating meat. And please don’t tell me “fish have feelings too.” I’ve heard that ‘clever’ line one too many times. I do have an almost unhealthy love of animals. But, the real reason I became a pescetarian was for personal health reasons. So, drop it with the fish feelings, ok?
Most of the people who tell me I’m dumb for not eating meat are people who claim they “hate” vegetarians/vegans/pescetarians because we push our beliefs on others. First of all, that’s an unfair stereotype. I’ve never tried to talk someone out of eating a hamburger because I don’t want to eat one. In fact, for the first two years of my new diet, I worked at a steakhouse selling over-priced filet mignon. I mean, come on.
Second of all, those people are being incredibly hypocritical. Look, you’re telling me you hate that others make you feel guilty for eating meat, right? Then why are you sitting here trying to talk me into eating meat again? That literally makes no sense. No matter how much you tell me how yummy it is, it’s not going to make me change my mind. Go ahead, wave your bacon under my nose – I’m not going to eat it.
Then there are the people who tell me their life goal is to get me to unintentionally eat meat. Unbelievable, right? But I’ve heard this from a bunch of people. And honestly, it just sounds pathetic to me.
What I’m really trying to say here is that I don’t understand why others feel the need to put me down for being a pescetarian. My diet isn’t affecting you, so why do you feel like you have the right to tell me it’s stupid? It’s rude, it’s ridiculous and it’s totally uncalled for. Please stop judging me for my decision – and stop judging every other vegetarian and vegan out there also. There’s no reason someone else’s diet should make you annoyed or angry. Eat what you want, and let us eat what we want. Plain and simple.
Are you a vegetarian, vegan or pescetarian? Have you ever been made fun of for it? Let us know in the comments!