There are many types of “vegetarians”, but for the purpose of this article as we did in our previous “Pros to Becoming a Vegetarian” post, we will be talking in a basic manner of not eating meat or consuming dairy to keep it simple. We will get into the types and descriptions in a later post.
Vegetarianism as we discussed previously is a significant life choice that can be difficult and frustrating. Although there are many positives to this choice, there are also many negatives and difficulties that come along with the decision.
The Cons of Becoming a Vegetarian
Lack of protein
Due to not eating meat or consuming dairy, it can be very difficult to get the proper amount of protein that your body prefers. Many vegetarians struggle often to eat enough protein, and not many prefer to take protein pills as an alternative.
Backlash from others
Your choices to not eat meat will not sit well with many people. They will say things like stop being so picky, why don’t you eat meat? It’s good for you! The overall view tends to be that you’re trying to fit in with the “norm”, when in reality it’s your life choice and people shouldn’t look down on it. You will have to deal with negatively and backlash with this lifestyle decision.
Complications with family members
If you have a significant other, roommates, or children, there may be some complications with changing your lifestyle. Your significant other, roommates or children may not agree with becoming vegetarian and this can mean separate meals and arguments over what to eat. The best way to handle this will be talked about in our last segment post on how to handle situations where one person is vegetarian while the other is not.
Poor vegetarian food choices
Just because one chooses to become vegetarian does not mean that they will make healthy food choices. Often time’s people will be tricked into believing that sweetener can be put onto everything. This in fact is not best, and is the wrong way to consume a vegetarian diet. Many will use sweeteners because they have tried so many foods that they don’t like, they just want to make them taste better already. You need to be patient, and that leads into the next negativity of this choice.
You will need strength and patience.
You will need strength to stick with it, and patience to see results happening. Your body will not automatically adjust to eating certain foods, it will take time. Having a support system of others who have been or are going through the same changes will be beneficial but may be hard to find anywhere other than online. Stay strong if you choose this path of life!
Restaurant choices become few and far.
Unless you are at a vegetarian restaurant, your choices of what you can order off of the menu are going to be highly restricted. You will also constantly ask about the ingredients in foods before ordering them. No meat; beef, pork, fish, chicken, all of the abundant items on that menu are off limits. The salads will often come with egg and cheeses in them, these are a no no. The soups will have dairy and often time’s meat. You will need to become very knowledgeable about restaurant foods and learn what is best to consume when dining out. If you are in a larger city this may not be an issue as vegetarian restaurants may be common. But in smaller and rural towns, this will not be the case.
Regardless of your choice to either become, or not to become a vegetarian, be sure to support those who are and not make snide comments. They have made a strong and difficult life choice for their own body, and should be respected.