I know I said we were going to start with natural hair today, but I thought I would throw a curve ball your way and hit you with the vegetarianism talk.
I wrote the following post about a year ago for my personal blog, but it seems to fit well with our body talk. I promise I will put aside my militant veg ways and not tell you how you can save 95 animals a year by switching to a vegetarian/vegan diet. Ooops.
I am a vegetarian. By vegetarian, I mean a true vegetarian. I do not eat chicken, pork, beef, fish, any type of seafood, bugs, worms, nada. I have not consumed any flesh since May 1, 2006. Now, the purpose of this post is not to convince anyone to bid farewell to the consumption of meats, it is to tell you all to stop asking me annoying questions. I love questions, I ask a lot of them, answer a lot more, but when it comes to the subject of my chosen vegetarianism, people seem to ask questions that make absolutely no sense.
So here are the questions I get asked commonly, the way I actually answer them, and the way I actually want to answer them:
Question: How are you a Nigerian vegetarian?
My Actual Answer: Oh, you know, I just adapt Nigerian foods to my diet. For example, I make “meatpie” with ground soy “beef” instead of the real thing.
How I WANT to answer: A long time ago, my parents, who are both Nigerians, engaged in the act of coitus, conceived me, therefore I became a Nigerian as well. About 19 years after my conception, I stopped eating meat. That’s how that went down.
Question: Don’t you ever miss eating meat?
My Actual Answer: No, because going veg was an ethical decision. Meat actually disgusts me now.
How I WANT to answer: No. I don’t. Will you miss your two front teeth if I just so happen to knock them out? (I’ve never thrown a punch in my life. I’d just like to say this. Violence is never the answer!)
Question: Aren’t you depriving yourself of vital vitamins and proteins?
My Actual Answer: Well, a healthy vegetarian diet isn’t void of the daily required amounts of vital nutrients, but I do eat a lot of tofu and legumes for protein and I take a multivitamin daily.
How I WANT to answer: No, I’m not, but that Big Mac in your hand is sure keeping your fat count in check! Go you!
Question: What do you eat?
My Actual Answer: A lot of tofu, beans, veggies, fruits. Everything besides meat basically.
How I WANT to answer: Food.
Becoming a vegetarian was a personal choice I made 5(!) years ago. I didn’t do it to lose weight. I didn’t do it because I thought it would be cool. I did it because I felt that I could have a healthy diet without eating dead animals. I actually do not have a problem with people eating meat as long as they kill the animals themselves. I do not want to kill animals, so I will not eat them. I feel like people who eat meat do so because they are disconnected to the origin of their food. If you can’t watch a cow being killed, but you can chow down on a steak, there’s a problem there in my opinion.
The real point of this post is to let you know that I do not like being interrogated about my diet. If I had an eating disorder I would hope that you would intervene, but quite obviously, I got thick once I gave up the finger lickin’ chicken. I don’t have to defend my choice to abstain from the muscles and fats of farm animals and the like.
Food for thought? Bon appetit.