I know the “shit ____ say” meme is getting tired, but this post has been on my mind for ages.

How do you get protein?

I bet you’re iron deficient.

Do you eat animal crackers?

I was vegetarian for a week but then I got anemic.

Don’t you miss meat?

Soy kills sperm.

Are you anemic?

I bet this hamburger is totally grossing you out!

Are you a PETA member?

But vegetables don’t have any protein…
The next person that asks me about protein is going to get a block of tofu crammed down their throat. Believe it or not, animals do not have a monopoly on protein. Since going veg over three years ago, I have quietly endured the ignorant remarks of the meat-eating masses. Reactions range from curiosity to suspicion, from concern to animosity.
Being a vegetarian athlete is not hard. I don’t spend hours preparing elaborate meals and tracking down obscure ingredients. I don’t take any supplements. My closet isn’t full of tie-dye or hemp. I laugh at raw food vegans just as much as the next person. I don’t obsessively read labels to check for animal products, although you can’t be too careful. And with a modicum of effort, the food doesn’t have to be monotonous or bland.
Anyways, I should shut up before this becomes a full-fledged rant. Nothing is worse than a sanctimonious vegetarian. Just please, please stop asking me about protein. And for the record, the only time I miss meat is when I catch the aroma of barbecue after a long workout.

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