Often, when people find out that I’m a vegan, they feel the need to ask me about it. I enjoy this. It offers a chance for me to think about it myself, and also to potentially make people more aware of the decisions they are making. Here are the most common questions people ask me. I’m sure you will be able to relate to at least some of them.
10. What do you eat?
Hilariously, this is asked all the time. I usually just say “food”. When I expand, people seem to understand that there are heaps of alternatives, and that you don’t actually have to cut that much out of your diet.
9. Do you eat honey?
To be honest, I actually do eat honey. I don’t drink bucketfuls of it, but honey-oat is a combination I just can’t get past, and I actually believe fairly strongly in the healing properties of honey. This has led people to call me a “beegan”. Each person that says this thinks they’re the first to think of it. They’re really not.
8. If you had to eat one meat, what would it be?
I can never answer this. I just don’t know what to say. I can’t imagine it!
7. Don’t you miss meat?
6. Something vulgar which I will not elaborate on.
5. Isn’t there wool in your clothes?
Negative. It’s easy to find clothes without wool, and I actually can’t stand scratchy woolly jumpers, plus I’m way too lazy to hand-wash...
4. Do you think you will always be vegan?
No, I KNOW I will always be vegan. It’s the only way that makes sense to me and I see no alternative any more.
3. Would you eat road-kill?
Seriously, do other people get asked this all the time, or do I just have weird friends? No. Just, no. I guess ethically it doesn’t really bother me, I just think it’s gross and a bit weird.
2. Something something something protein?
Protein always comes up eventually. It's the easiest question for veggies to answer because they've been through it so many times! The truth is, a lot of foods that meat eaters eat (sausages, hamburger patties etc) are actually relatively low in protein (and really high in fat) compared to, say, lentils. Sure, there’s plenty of protein in lean red meat, poultry and fish, but humans don’t actually need very much protein, and there’s nothing you can’t get by mixing foods such as grains and seeds, nuts, legumes and tofu. Plus you get more vitamins and minerals, and less fat. BAM.
My answer to this has evolved over the years. Usually it would take too long to explain my reasoning, and I don’t think people want the whole story anyway. I often say “I couldn’t kill a cow, so I’m not going to eat one.” Turns out there are a lot of people who have never thought about whether they could kill a cow.