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National Vegetarian Week 15th-21st May

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Hurrah! I am vegetarian!
Now something you may not know is the reason for my vegetarianism. I may be about to make myself deeply unpopular. I am vegetarian because I don’t like animals. There, I’ve said it.
Most people look at me oddly when I say that and one ex even said that I should eat meat to get rid of animals.
But that is not the point. I don’t like them, in fact I am almost phobic of animals. They terrify me. I don’t want them near me even if they are dead and served up on a plate. I would prefer it if they were all safe and happy on the other side of the world. I don’t wish them dead for a single second, just away from me.
Now, I know I sound a little peculiar, but I’m actually serious. My worst nightmare as a child was going to a petting zoo/farm and being forced to get close to animals. I wanted to become a vegetarian but my mum refused to cook separate food for me so I had to wait until 1999 when I left home to go to uni. I have now been vegetarian for 18 years and never regretted it.
My children and partner are not vegetarian and I respect their right to choose. I make sure the kids know where their food comes from so they understand about food processes and life cycles, I insist they show respect for the animals that sustain them.
There are some fantastic recipes out there for vegetarians and I have never missed meat. Chris and the kids often join in with my vegetarian meals and don’t feel they are lacking. I hope the children grow up to make informed choices about their food whatever that may be.
Why not join in with National Vegetarian Week and cook some vegetarian recipes for your family. I plan to try some of the scrumptious looking recipes from http://www.nationalvegetarianweek.org/ . Or try your usual recipes but adapted to remove the meat content. Happy eating everyone!

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37 comments

  1. I’ve never known someone who hated animals so much before. I’ve been a vegetarian but I have to admit I do like meat a little too much. There are few things I wouldn’t eat though (like rabbit or deer) I eat meat, but I often choose the vegetarian option on restaurant menus.
    #MMBC

  2. It must be difficult for people to understand your phobia, I hope it doesn’t affect you too badly in every day. We eat a lot of meat and I’ve had some success cutting back a bit. I’m motivated by environment and climate change.

  3. I actually find that reason really interesting and phobias are so much different to just a fear of something. I have a real phobia of slugs and snails (even though I love the outdoors) and even if you paid me I couldn’t eat a snail – not that I would want too. Fellow veggie here 🙂

    Laura x

  4. That is hilarious. Not at all what I was expecting you to say. I did a veg. diet for 11 days last year and felt awesome, but I could never stick to it.

  5. We eat meat but mainly chicken although we do like beef now and again i really would like to cut back to eating them just a couple of times a week, being veggie really appeals to me its just taking those initial steps!

  6. Jasmin N

    I have never been able to eat meat, although I like the smell of it and I like to cook dishes for my husband of it haha. I was born veggie 😀

  7. We’re not veggies but I don’t really like animals all that much either – I just don’t get it and they weird me out a little. To be honest though, we don’t really eat meat, just chicken, I actually much prefer quorn mince as it’s SO tasty.

  8. Emma

    Wow, what a different reason to be a vegetarian, it’s very refreshing. I didn’t realise it was vegetarian week – I couldn’t be one I dont think, I love meat a little too much x

  9. Harley, my 12 year old, has voiced becoming a vegetarian. I think I could do it myself, too, and not miss meat that much. But unlike you, I don’t have a phobia, so it isn’t the same thing! I can pick what I eat, but you don’t really have that choice.

  10. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like animals before and I’ve never heard of this reason for being a vegetarian. Good on you for your honesty! And you told it in such a nice way, it make me smile.

  11. How interesting that you don’t eat meat because you don’t like animals. Shows very much that it’s each to their own! I have been vegetarian for just over 20 years. I gave up meat because I don’t think it’s right to breed them simply to eat them. I think we eat too much meat as a society now. I actually do eat fish (but gave it up for about 6 years in the middle due to peer pressure at uni – you know what students are like!) but do only eat something that has been sourced from a sustainable supply.

    I hope plenty of people will embrace National Veggie week. You can get some great veggie meals! #DreamTeam

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  13. Our family enjoy our meat (I could never resist the smell of a roast dinner) but regularly have vegetarian meals. As with most things in life, I think its good to have balance and we make sure that our meat is responsibly sourced. But I can totally see why some people would choose not to eat meat.

  14. We are not vegetarians at home, but we do try to eat no meat at least 2-3 times a week. But your phobia, is one that is not peculiar my cousin actual has the same fear as you.

  15. One of the kids is vegetarian (vegetarian who doesn’t eat vegetables, so that does my head in) and I try to cut down on meat, to only 4 nights a week…but everyone else….opps! #Stayclassymama

  16. Oooh now that’s an interesting reason to go veggie. I don’t think I have ever heard anyone else with that view point. Do you have any family favourite vegetarian dishes? I try to do 50/50 and do quite a few days a week meat-free. #DreamTeam x

  17. It was really interesting to learn about why you became a vegetarian. I always say I could never be a vegetarian, but when I actually stop to think about it, I eat very little meat, but it’s all the little things that would catch me out like stuff that has animal products in it without it actually being meat
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

  18. That’s a reason I have never heard before but totally valid nevertheless. I often eat vegetarian food even though I’m not vegetarian but it’s mainly because I don’t eat red meat and eating fish and chicken gets a bit boring. Thank you for sharing with #StayClassyMama

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