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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Vegetarian connection

There is something about being a vegetarian that both sets you apart from some people and connects you to others.

Maybe because I so often feel set apart from people who eat meat that the immediate connection to other vegetarians is so clear.
I was at a social gathering recently and while being a vegetarian had nothing to do with the reason for the party, the host did make a point of making sure there were veggie-only foods there and he even made homemade potato soup that was out of this world.
While I chatted with people at the party, however, it somehow came up with one woman that I am a vegetarian and she is a vegan.

Was this the reason we hit it off so well? I am not sure.

But we became friendly enough that we chatted about how hard it is to find veggie restaurants - and how interesting it can be that we are so often the subject of apparently good natured ribbing by everyone from friends to co-workers. We touched on the fact that we wonder why so many people who do eat meat seem to bring up the subject of our veggie-ism so often - and we never came to a real conclusion. Neither of us criticize meat eaters - but some meat eaters seem to enjoy taking the vegetarian lifestyle to task.

We had both experienced it.

The bond grew strong enough in a short time that we made plans to try out a vegetarian/vegan restaurant together. I hope we do it one day, and I hope our husbands join us - they are two meat eaters who don’t feel the need to try to convince us to go back to the dark side.


Blogger Michael said...

I agree that a vegetarian, plant-based diet is the best, and research bares that out. Mimi Kirk, the 71 year old woman who won PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Woman Over 50 contest in 2009, owes her excellent health to being a vegetarian for over 40 years. Here's a great interview with her:

January 29, 2010 8:27 PM 
Blogger Helen Bennett Harvey said...

Thanks Michael!

February 03, 2010 12:30 AM 

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