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Compass E co VEGGED OUT Discover some of the most annoying things vegetarians have to hear on a daily — sometimes hourly — basis. Keep these in mind next time someone at the table passes on the meat to avoid a veggie side-eye. T E X T BY R O S PR A D O POWER PROTEINS “So, where do you get your protein?” Ugh. Protein sources for herbivores include everything from beans and tofu to quinoa, soy and even peanut butter. As soon as you become a vegetarian, all of your friends become nutritionists. FAUX VEG “I was vegetarian once for a couple of days” No, you weren’t. Not eating meat for a few meals doesn’t make you a vegetarian. Neither does posting your Meatless Monday escapades all over social media. And, just FYI, pescatarians are not true vegetarians, although some would argue the fact. BACON BITES “How do you survive without bacon?” This one is a bit confusing. Either bacon is the new slang for oxygen or this is a really dumb question. Either way, pass the Faken. SURVIVAL MODE “Would you eat meat if you were on a deserted island?” Why do people love hypothetical questions? Where is this conversation going? If anyone was stranded in the middle of nowhere without hope of rescue, it’s tough to imagine what they’d be capable of. FRIDGE ESSENTIALS “So, do you just eat salad?” Actually, no. LOL and WHOA! Vegetarians eat rice, beans pasta, pizza, soups, sandwiches, brownies, ice cream... the list of options is endless. SERVE IT UP “But why don’t you just eat around the meat?!” Nope, sorry folks. It doesn’t work that way. But thank you. I’ll just gnaw on the side salad & fries. Oh, sweet dessert, you couldn’t have come sooner! PALATE PLEASER “You’re missing out. I feel bad for you” Most vegetarians were carnivores at some point in their lives and, for one reason or another, they decided to cut meat out of their diet. It’s a choice, not a chore. ¡Buen provecho! 68