Not liking meat sounds like a totally reasonable answer to me
For me, I eat it I guess for much the same reasons others have given.
* I grew up eating meat, so it's part of what I consider a 'normal' diet for me, it's in a lot of the things I know how to cook and it's probably partly habit to eat meat with 3-5 meals a week.
* I crave it sometimes. Sometimes for a piece of steak I'd cut the meat from my own leg to get it!!! (no... Not really...)
* and cos it TASTES GOOD!!! Mmmmm.
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23-12-2011 21:54 #73
I also hesitate to give a 'deeper' meaning. Getting into I eat meat because I feel it's biologically normal I'd worry about offending anyone assuming that because I feel it's 'normal' & natural that by default I must think vegetarians are abnormal or unnatural. Which of course isn't the case.
Because what's normal & natural in my mind for my body doesn't necessarily reflect how I feel about someone else's eating habits.
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23-12-2011 22:06 #75
For me, I was forced, yes forced, to be a vegetarian for a large chunk of my childhood, I have no issues with my mother only cooking vegetarian meals, but she went to the next extreme and would call friends parents/school to ensure I wouldn't be served meat.
So why do I eat meat? I'm rebelling...
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23-12-2011 22:27 #79
As a vegetarian of over 20 years I know exactly where the OP is coming from. When I first became veg I was regularly asked "why" and more often than not nothing I could say was a good enough reason for the person asking. If I said it was the cruelty factor the omnivore may read that as me saying they have no regard for animal cruelty. Same response if I said it was for environmental reasons. The omnivore often then got a little defensive and would often ask me what my shoes, belt and handbag was made from (which was obviously leather) to try and poke holes in my logic. I have had the conversation many times, belive me. I don't get asked nearly as much these days which is much nicer (it gets very tiring to try and justify your habits). I know people are curious and I don't mind that. My practices are not within society's realm of 'norm' so therefore I am considered radical and questioned. I don't know if it's my age or if people are more accepting these days but I hardly get asked now.
For the record, I rarely eat lentils and I can't stand tofu.
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