For me being vegetarian meant a lot, I've always wanted to go through with this. Before you read on, please know I haven't been a vegetarian for a long time at all and some Teenagers With Experience have been vegetarians for longer so in no doubt do they know more than me about this-I just want to share my experience telling my friends and family and their reaction. Before I get into their reactions I just want to say to anyone wanting to become a vegetarian, being a vegetarian isn't just a change in diet. It's a change in lifestyle, I've changed so much (which I will get into) and it's not just my diet. So bare that in mind before fully turning vegetarian.
Here are some questions I got asked when I told people. (Slight trigger warning in some)
I turned vegetarian because of they way they kill the animals. They could do it a lot nicer, like put them to sleep then kill them. Not hang them upside down ALIVE and slaughter them! No! That's wrong and that's what I hate. Also in a well known fast food restaurant McDonald's they throw LIVE chickens into a machine and make nuggets, that is so cruel. That's basically why, oh and how they use animals to test products on, that's wrong too.
How long have you thought about this?
3-4 years, roughly.
Did you replace meat or cut it out all together?
I have been trying Quorn substitute meat which got suggested a lot. It is extremely healthy and well affordable so I recommend trying it!
Who did you tell first?
I told a Dan And Phil Facebook Group first, but if you're on about one individual I told my best friend Tanisha first.
My mum didn't have the best reaction she just said about my health and stuff, I don't want to go into too much detail. My dad was happy, he was on about how we can go shopping for vegetarian meals and things tomorrow. My brother said (in his exact words) ‘how the fuck could you do that? Meat feat pizza oooo you’re missing out’. My friends said good lucks and asked why. Not everyone knows but I'll update you soon.
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