Questions vegetarians get asked way too many times

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I am a vegetarian. I have been all my life. My mother is also vegetarian and was a cook for around 15 years, so she brought me up as vegetarian and, when I was old enough to understand, she taught me more about meat and told me I could choose to stay vegetarian or eat meat and for many reasons, I just decided to stay as I am.

But, as many fellow veggies will know, there are a lot of questions out there from carnivores. Some a bit stupid and some, well, I guess not so stupid but really fricking annoying to answer like 100 times a year. So, instead of constantly answering them time after time, here is my FAQ as a vegetarian. Maybe I’ll make a QR code linking to this post and hand it out whenever people begin the “you’re a vegetarian?” conversation…

Have you ever eaten meat? 

Actually, yes, I have. Not by choice. There has been times where careless mistakes were made in public eateries and no I was not impressed.

Where do you get your protein from? 

I don’t know if you know this, but you can actually get protein from other foods besides meat and fish.

Do you eat fish? 

No. You’re thinking of a pescatarian. And before you ask, that’s someone who doesn’t eat meat excluding fish.

Why don’t you eat fish? 

Fish were alive. Then they died. Fish have bodies. Vegetarians don’t like eating dead bodies.

Why are you vegetarian? 

Because I want to be.

But don’t you feel like you’re missing out? 

Yeah, no. I really don’t.

Animals are going to die anyway, you aren’t saving them.

Really? Well, if that’s the case…

Can I eat this meat in front of you? 

Sure, knock yourself out. Just don’t throw it at me. Kids in school did that before and it was not pleasant and even if I was a total meat lover, I still don’t want your stinking food in my face.

You’re too fat to be vegetarian…

Sorry, I had no idea that vegetarians were all skinny and barely ate anything.

Why don’t you feed your dogs vegetarian food? 

Because they didn’t choose to become vegetarian.

What do you eat? 

Pasta, Pizza, Chips (fries for you Americans), chocolate, chilli, Sunday roast, lasagne… now I’m hungry.

Did you know Hitler was a vegetarian? 

Good for him.

Surely humans evolved to eat meat? You’re going against nature! 

Actually, we evolved to be omnivores. That means you have a choice. So, there’s a quick science fact for you.

What’s the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan?

Vegans do not eat ANY animal based product- even eggs or any milk based product. Vegetarians can if they choose to.

How do you cope abroad?

True, times can get tough, but there’s usually somewhere that offers meatless meals and it’s just a case of looking a little more.

How come you can eat at McDonalds? I hear they fry their veggie food in meat fat

McDonalds have vegetarian options which are approved by the Vegetarian Society which means it’s okay to eat.

Plants get hurt, too!

Actually, no they don’t. Plants do not have a central nervous system and therefore cannot feel anything.

Is it hard being a vegetarian?

It’s harder when I have all these kind of questions thrown at me but other than that, no.

Are you a hippie?

No. But my dad was one of the first hippies in my county, if that’s interesting enough for you. He was born in the 50s, so.

Would you eat meat for a million pounds? 

I have no idea why you’re being so hypothetical and why you are trying to find a ‘breaking point’. You have no intention on giving me that amount of money so I don’t care. What if I were to trick you into being meat?  Then I have lost respect for you for disrespecting me and my choices and plan to cut you out of my life.   Have you ever asked/answered any of these questions? Know of any more classic questions? Leave a comment below!   Signature

Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

I spent a week with a mermaid!

Hello there!

So, as I excitedly explained on my social media sites a numerous amount of times, just over a week ago, my dear friend Courtney AKA A Mermaid’s Blog  (formerly known as Find The Lost Girl) travelled from Stevenage, Hertfordshire to visit me for about a week here in Wales. We have been online friends for almost three years now having digitally met via a Facebook fan page for our favourite singer, Olly Murs. After Skyping, Facetiming and just talking probably more than we talk to our friends who live near us, we eventually arranged to meet up. My parents were happy to let Courtney stay with us for a couple of days and after months of excitement, the day finally arrived.

I stood at Cardiff Central bus station with slight anxiety and adrenaline. As the London bus pulled in, I rapidly began texting “Is this your bus?” but no reply. As soon as it pulled in, I had a call.

“Where the hell are you?!”

“I’m literally right by the National Express office you can’t miss me.”

“I can’t- OH MY GOD I SEE YOU”

“Grea-”

Call Disconnected

I look up to see a very familiar face running across the crossing with a suitcase lugging behind her. My face lit up as I ran towards her and she mimicked my actions. We ran to each other, screamed and hugged before bursting out into tears. At last, we had finally met.

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Our first selfie! Still red eyed from crying…

We only had 5 days together as CJ (her nickname, so you know) had to get back in time for a concert, but we made every moment memorable. From blogging to spending quality time watching films, from shopping to a make over. We did so much in such little time.

I’ll write an overview of each day as so much went on.

Day One:

Courtney and I met in Cardiff after she arrived from London which was a transfer from Stevenage. We got really emotional before catching a train back to my place. We had a night in to watch Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and just chatted the night away before watching one of our favourite films, Peter Pan in Return to Neverland.

Night in with the TV. Perfect way to bond!
Night in with the TV. Perfect way to bond!

 

Day Two: 

After a very lazy morning together, my mother, our friend Denise and I took Courtney up a local Welsh mountain to walk Louis and Pepsi and for CJ to see the breathtaking views of the Welsh Valleys. It was also my stepdad’s birthday but he had to work. I managed to give him his present, which was this video from a member of the cast from Game of Thrones wishing him a happy birthday. Needless to say, he was really happy! Courtney and I then spent the evening watching The Fault in Our Stars.

Day Three:

My stepdad’s birthday was on the Sunday but he was working, so today we had a tea party with my stepbrother, my gran and some family friends visiting alongside CJ and I there with my stepdad and my mother. Denise made an amazing cake for his birthday in shape of a Welsh rugby ball. We later went to my local carvery for dinner before watching Love Rosie on DVD.

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Day Four: 

We had an early rise before going to my favourite little cafe, The Potting Shed. It’s the cutest little place for breakfast and I think Courtney enjoyed it! We then went to the Welsh history museum, St Fagans, where we looked around the old buildings from the past as well as making friends with a sheep! We called her Dolly. We headed home before taking Louis and Pepsi to the beach for a walk and headed to a little ice cream kiosk which ran out of ice cream and made the world’s worst tea. Never again! I also introduced Courtney to the film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. I was rather shocked she had never seen it considering the moment it released, thousands of teens and tweens headed out to the cinema to watch it.

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So much cuteness from The Potting Shed!
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Breakfast
Courtney xxxx
Courtney and Polly!
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Polly and I chilling

Day Five:

This was the day we had been planning for a long time. We both love shopping, especially for make-up and beauty products, so I took CJ to Cardiff to go shopping. We went to a number of shops but the best ones being Superdrug Beauty Studio (the only one in the UK), LUSH, Blue Banana (which Courtney fell in love with), The Disney Store and The Body Shop where we booked in for a free makeover. Sadly, when we got home, we forgot to take close ups of our make as we were so tired after a long day. I also took Courtney for her first Nandos. Thankfully, they have Vegetarian options!

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Nandos do pretty great vegetarian options!

 

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Chilling in Cardiff!

Day six:

The day of dread. The day Courtney heads back home. As she packed her bags, we headed to the train station with our heads hanging low with sorrow before boarding the train and headed back to Cardiff central. We spent two hours in a coffee shop for a final chat before the coach arrived. I was welling up. The past few days had been so much fun and now it was all coming to an end. It flew by so fast. As I hugged her before she boarded her coach, we said “see you soon” because we refuse to say goodbye. “Goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting” as Peter Pan once said. Cliche? Cheesy? Yes. But we’re fans, so we stuck by it.

My few days with Courtney was so much fun. We did so much and just had a great time in each other’s company. It wasn’t the last time I will see her, though. We’ve already started making plans for her return in the summer and our reunion in London some time this year for a party. So, it’s all good!

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

A response to The Independent RE: Zoella

I’m not sure what you would call this as it’s not exactly a rant but it’s a response to the Independent in regards to this article about YouTuber Zoella.

This article is discussing YouTube sensation Zoe Sugg AKA Zoella and her impact on teenage girls. I just feel as though the person who wrote the article in question just didn’t do enough research on Zoe. Yes, I watch Zoella’s YouTube videos and while I’m rather fond of her content and her as a person (or at least what she portrays online), I’m not an obsessed fan. However, the article by The Independent branded Zoe as a person who promotes beauty and makes young girls feel insecure due to the fact she supposedly sends out the message that make up and beauty is something a girl must do. When, in fact, she’s not doing this at all.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.