Ladies and gentlemen, I have officially been a vegetarian for a full year now and soon I will be a vegan, hopefully following a plant based diet religiously. The journey has been an uphill battle. When I transitioned I thought that I would be easy and my meals were going to be amazeballs. One year later and I can count the number of decent meals I can actually count the number of times I have eaten a proper vegetarian meal.
Let me get to the facts.
- Most Events Do Not Ask About Diet Preferences
- It’s Hard To Eat Decently Away From Home
- Vegetarian Meals Are Expensive
At least those are the challenges that I have faced so far. Visiting people has also become a huge challenge because you get to a place and they want to prepare a huge meal for you but since we are African, a buffet is not a buffet without plenty of meat and that is something I am tired of going through. I have tried so many times to tell people that I do not eat meat and it’s honestly just a personal choice but I still have people trying to force me back to that same space I am trying to transition from. So do not expect me to be visiting anytime soon.
I go through the same thing at school. It even got worse when I tried talking to them about my diet preferences and they gave me “vegetarian” food that almost killed me. Anyone who know me knows I am quiet and I do not confront people when they do me dirty but if you are reading this and you ever want to invite me over. Please try to make a vegetarian meal.