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This Is What Growing Up Vegetarian In A Latino Household Looks Like

It took a while for most of my family and some of my friends to embrace, or even understand, the concept of vegetarianism. Before that, I was officially the martian at any gathering that involved food. It wasn’t fun or easy for them and most certainly not for me:

1. Inviting me would automatically make the host nervous.

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“Ay Dios, I love you, pero I don’t know how to cook vegetarian!” (Hummus is your friend, party planners!)

2. People would ask me how I even managed to stay alive.

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“How do you live on tomatoes and lechuga?!” (Yeah, because there are no other veggie options).

3. They were concerned about my drinking habits.

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“Can you take a shot?” (Last I checked, tequila is plant-based).

4. I was a walking wonder.

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“No one can survive without meat!” I am secretly Wonder Woman.

5. Abuelita thought I was borderline anorexic.

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“¡Estás tan flaca mija! OK, but I’ve put on 10 pounds since you saw me last.

6. Mami would blame any minor health issue on my dietary choices.

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“That’s what you get por no comer bien.”

7. Often enough, they didn’t even know what being vegetarian really was.

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“What does a cheese-less pizza taste like?” (You should Google “vegan.”)

8. I was often starving.

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“Mira mija, eat some crackers,” they’d tell me, while the rest of the family pigged out on asado.

9. Mom just didn’t know what the f**k to cook for me.

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“I made you a salad.” Again. And again. And again.

10. Their arguments to try to get me to stop being vegetarian were absurd.

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“You’re killing plants, which is pretty much like killing an animal.”


Are you vegan or vegetarian? How’d your family react?

READ: Worst Questions Latino Vegans Get Asked

 

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