Happenings from an office lunch room

I’m eating some yummy leftover pasta salad (as seen the other day) in the lunch room when the following conversation takes place;

Guy #1 “So I just learned that you are a REAL vegetarian!”
Me “As opposed to….?”
#1 “Well you know, some people just don’t eat very much meat.”
Me “Yeah but they still eat meat so that’s not vegetarian”
Guy #2 “No! Some vegetarians eat chicken!”
Me “Then they aren’t vegetarian” *gives guy an “are you really this dumb?” stare*

Let me break it down for you:

In the animal kingdom (of which humans are a part) there are three broad dietary categories:

Carnivores
: They only eat meat…like a lion!
Omnivores: They eat mostly plants and some meat when it’s available (generally speaking). Many animals fall into this category, such as many kinds of monkeys and pigs
Herbivores: They eat only plants

I’m pretty sure we all learned this by grade three right?

When talking about human diets, omnivores are the norm. In North America, meat consumption is insanely high compared to other regions and compared to other omnivorous species.

Then the following sub categories arrive for those less inclined to eat meat:

Pescetarian: Eats sea food and plants and possibly eggs/dairy.
Vegetarian: Eats plants and eggs/dairy (ovo/lacto sub categories)
Vegan: Eats plants only

So that guy who knows vegetarians who eat chicken? He knows someone who is omnivorous and only likes chicken for meat. I think I’ve heard this be referred to as Pollotarian but only rarely but there is a Wiki article about it.

Why does this even matter?

Because if I go in to a restaurant and say “I’m a vegetarian” I don’t want to be served something with chicken pieces or broth in it. I don’t eat anything for which an animal has died.


On this day:

In 2006
– More porn… a valentine’s tradition!

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32 Comments on “Happenings from an office lunch room”

  1. rachaeldoss says:

    I do enjoy meat, but I don’t prefer to eat it as often as other people I know. I mean, there are actual whole days when I eat no meat (because there is probably some broth in a soup and I just don’t know) and am just fine with that, while most people I know eat meat at least once if not twice a day. Ben is like that. He wants meat for lunch and dinner. I try to have veggies for lunch (salad, veggie sandwich, etc.) if I”m going to have meat for dinner. It just seems like too much for me. Then again, I also am very fortunate that I can keep my weight pretty steady without much exercise at all. And I think it’s because I try to be careful about what I’m eating. Not that I’m perfect and people should follow me, just that I don’t understand how people eat meat three times a day. I could do it when I was younger, but now it sounds gross. 🙂
    But I can’t believe someone would think one was a vegetarian if one ate only chicken…though I am guilty of not considering fish to be meat. :-/ I don’t like fish anyway, though, so I’m not going to be eating it very often. LOL

  2. rachaeldoss says:

    I do enjoy meat, but I don’t prefer to eat it as often as other people I know. I mean, there are actual whole days when I eat no meat (because there is probably some broth in a soup and I just don’t know) and am just fine with that, while most people I know eat meat at least once if not twice a day. Ben is like that. He wants meat for lunch and dinner. I try to have veggies for lunch (salad, veggie sandwich, etc.) if I”m going to have meat for dinner. It just seems like too much for me. Then again, I also am very fortunate that I can keep my weight pretty steady without much exercise at all. And I think it’s because I try to be careful about what I’m eating. Not that I’m perfect and people should follow me, just that I don’t understand how people eat meat three times a day. I could do it when I was younger, but now it sounds gross. 🙂
    But I can’t believe someone would think one was a vegetarian if one ate only chicken…though I am guilty of not considering fish to be meat. :-/ I don’t like fish anyway, though, so I’m not going to be eating it very often. LOL

  3. agrrlswrrld says:

    it’s sad just how many times I’ve had the same conversation (though I have a pescetarian diet)
    People also like to point out that I’m not really a vegetarian!

  4. agrrlswrrld says:

    it’s sad just how many times I’ve had the same conversation (though I have a pescetarian diet)
    People also like to point out that I’m not really a vegetarian!

  5. janaekailey says:

    Carnivores: They only eat meat…like a lion!
    RAWWRR LOL!!

  6. janaekailey says:

    Carnivores: They only eat meat…like a lion!
    RAWWRR LOL!!

  7. pinkpiper222 says:

    I did learn this when I was younger, but it was nice to have the refresher course….but it was the PORN that really sucked me into this entry…lol

  8. pinkpiper222 says:

    I did learn this when I was younger, but it was nice to have the refresher course….but it was the PORN that really sucked me into this entry…lol

  9. That seems pretty crazy that someone would think a person who eats chicken is a vegetarian. Some people claim fish is not meat but it sure seems like meat to me.
    I eat meat, but do enjoy both vegetarian and vegan meals too. They have a great vegan food service on campus, that is not only healthy but it is pay-what-you-can so easily affordable. Have you ever tried that?
    Have you decided yet what you are going to do about the diet of your baby when it is old enough to eat food? Does Brent eat meat or is he a vegetarian as well?

    • tianadargent says:

      I had no idea there was such a service on campus… details please!
      I’m planning on raising a vegetarian who can choose to eat meat if he/she decides. If they decide to when they are able to make that informed choice, then so be it.
      Brent has phases but he eats veggy at home since I cook.

      • I don’t have all the details for Ottawa U, it is called “People’s Republic of Delicious” and they have a link with contact info here: http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~opirg/english_pages/delicious.html
        I don’t know where they operate from but you could ask around or e-mail them for the info. I usually go to the G-Spot (Garden Spot) which is the Carleton equivalent a couple times a week and works on the same pay-what-you-can basis. They have been in operation for 6 years now but not a lot of people know about them.

      • I don’t have all the details for Ottawa U, it is called “People’s Republic of Delicious” and they have a link with contact info here: http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~opirg/english_pages/delicious.html
        I don’t know where they operate from but you could ask around or e-mail them for the info. I usually go to the G-Spot (Garden Spot) which is the Carleton equivalent a couple times a week and works on the same pay-what-you-can basis. They have been in operation for 6 years now but not a lot of people know about them.

    • tianadargent says:

      I had no idea there was such a service on campus… details please!
      I’m planning on raising a vegetarian who can choose to eat meat if he/she decides. If they decide to when they are able to make that informed choice, then so be it.
      Brent has phases but he eats veggy at home since I cook.

  10. That seems pretty crazy that someone would think a person who eats chicken is a vegetarian. Some people claim fish is not meat but it sure seems like meat to me.
    I eat meat, but do enjoy both vegetarian and vegan meals too. They have a great vegan food service on campus, that is not only healthy but it is pay-what-you-can so easily affordable. Have you ever tried that?
    Have you decided yet what you are going to do about the diet of your baby when it is old enough to eat food? Does Brent eat meat or is he a vegetarian as well?

  11. lindyhoppr says:

    I’m still a little confused by his opening line. Why would you say that to someone? I can see “I just learned that you are a vegetarian” but this seems to be admitting that he is dumb.
    ETA – upon further speculation, this means that other people care way too much about your eating habits.

  12. lindyhoppr says:

    I’m still a little confused by his opening line. Why would you say that to someone? I can see “I just learned that you are a vegetarian” but this seems to be admitting that he is dumb.
    ETA – upon further speculation, this means that other people care way too much about your eating habits.

  13. metahara says:

    yeah,
    some are ignorant
    and some just don’t care
    or spend as much thought on the subject
    or are amused by the concept and aren’t interested in going beyond that
    and that’s the way it is when we choose to be different than the mainstream…thankfully, it’s a choice-
    like compassion for the mainstream ; )

  14. metahara says:

    yeah,
    some are ignorant
    and some just don’t care
    or spend as much thought on the subject
    or are amused by the concept and aren’t interested in going beyond that
    and that’s the way it is when we choose to be different than the mainstream…thankfully, it’s a choice-
    like compassion for the mainstream ; )

  15. artistiqua says:

    Aah, it pisses me off. ‘I’m a vegetarian but I eat a little meat now and then!’ or ‘I’m a vegetarian but I do eat chicken/fish!’
    I get it all the time.
    Glad to see that someone sees thinks the way I do. 🙂

  16. artistiqua says:

    Aah, it pisses me off. ‘I’m a vegetarian but I eat a little meat now and then!’ or ‘I’m a vegetarian but I do eat chicken/fish!’
    I get it all the time.
    Glad to see that someone sees thinks the way I do. 🙂

  17. vaalea says:

    I clicked on the friends page of OttawaEvents (rather than my own friends page) and I saw this post… have we met? I run the Ottawa Veg*n Meetups and have been to a few of the vegan potlucks at Jack Purcell. Just curious…

  18. vaalea says:

    I clicked on the friends page of OttawaEvents (rather than my own friends page) and I saw this post… have we met? I run the Ottawa Veg*n Meetups and have been to a few of the vegan potlucks at Jack Purcell. Just curious…


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