Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Well, What DO You Eat?

Karenna Colcroft, erotic author and "meat" connoisseur, joins us today. Please help us welcome her.

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People nowadays eat just about anything edible. If you watch certain shows on the TLC cable network, you'll find that sometimes people even eat things that aren't edible. Most people don't think anything of eating a triple hamburger with everything on it and a heaping order of fries, or eating shellfish right out of the shell.

But tell them you're a vegetarian, and that changes. People view vegetarians with amusement and sometimes even suspicion. I guess they think we're going to convert their salads and fruits to an inappropriate lifestyle.

Being vegetarian isn't easy. In restaurants, it's hard to find menu items that don't contain meat. My ex-husband once took me out to eat at a major chain restaurant, which will remain nameless. I read the menu and saw nothing without meat, other than onion rings and fries. When the waitress returned to take our order, I asked her whether there was anything without meat in it. She replied that they had a house salad. I asked what was in it. She listed several things, then added, "And bacon."

Okay...since when is bacon not meat?

Answering questions from people who don't understand the concept isn't easy either. Many times, people from an online dating site I belong to have asked me what I eat. And then gone on to list different meats, because apparently saying that I don't eat meat doesn't, in their minds, rule out every individual type of meat. I usually end the conversation by saying, "There's only one kind of meat I eat," with an expression that leaves no doubt to my meaning.

Of course, saying that to a single man from an adult dating site probably isn't the best idea.

The crowning bit of idiocy came from the aforementioned ex-husband, who threatened to take my kids away after I left him because I was vegetarian. Not because the kids were; they eat meat. But because I was, and, according to him, "Being vegetarian isn't healthy. You don't get any calcium if you don't eat meat." Someone seriously needs to educate him on minerals and vitamins and such.

In my upcoming M/M novel Salad on the Side, narrator Kyle Slidell faces some of the same questions and comments. He goes one step further than I did; he's vegan, which means not only doesn't he eat meat, he eats no dairy, no eggs, and no honey. Nothing that comes from an animal. Which is a slight problem for him when he's transformed into a werewolf. Even in wolf form, however, Kyle sticks to his principles and refuses to eat meat.

Except for that one kind...

15 comments:

Karenna Colcroft said...

Thanks for hosting me, ladies! I'll be here off and on all day today :)

Toni V.S. said...

Great blog, Karenna. I have a similar problem in that I don't eat beef because after chemotherapy, my cholesterol suddenly went sky-high. My landlady continuously told everyone "My boarder's a vegetarian," and when I'd correct her, saying, "No. I just don't eat beef," I got, "What's the difference?" Apparently beef is the most nearly perfect food. And abstaining from eating it makes you on the lunatic fringe...especially here in Nebraska. Looking forward to hearing more about your vegan werewolf's problems!

Karenna Colcroft said...

Thanks, Toni :) That's understandable about having to stop eating beef. Your landlady's insistence that you're a vegetarian sounds a lot like what I encountered when I told people I don't eat meat: "Well, how about some fish, then?" "Um, no...fish is meat." "No it isn't...it's fish!"

Cherie Reich said...

A vegan werewolf...so awesome! I do know what you mean. I've been a vegetarian for about six years, and I stopped eating mammals when I was 16. Most people just don't get it. And, I always ask what is in a salad at a restaurant. I don't want to be surprised by bacon. Great post!

Faith said...

Gah, I have an ex who tried to take my kids because I write romance. Honey, I so understand where you're coming from!

I think the story sounds uber cool!

Christine Rains said...

That was a great post! I completely sympathize with all the vegetarians out there. It's almost pointless for me to eat out. I'm also one who doesn't eat salad. Yes, I know. I'm super picky. My MIL use to buy a head of lettuce when she knew I was coming over for dinner. That's what vegetarians eat, right?! And, yes, she was serious and not making a joke.

Cassie Exline said...

Although I'm a lover of salads, also love a good steak. With that said, I do respect your choice and probably should cut back on the meat. But what an awesome idea for a book - a vegan werewolf! Good luck with the book.

Adrianne Brennan said...

I'm a vegan and am thrilled to hear of others writing about us. :D People think all we eat is salad and it never fails, that's the reaction I get. "So, you eat...what? Salad?" It makes me sad that these people have not yet been exposed to so many wonderful foods that are vegan: quinoa, lentils, beans, falafel, hummus, rice, veggies, fruit, whole grains, soy (including tempeh, tofu, edamame...), wheat gluten/seitan...

Jim Hartley said...

A vegetarian I can understand - not that I would ever become one - but somehow I always thought a Vegan was an alien from a planet of the star Vega.

KarennaC said...

Cheri, I don't think the concept's original to me, though the other story that I'm aware of has a werewolf that used to be vegan before his change but isn't anymore. Being vegetarian definitely isn't easy!

Faith, my ex doesn't know I write romance... if he did, he'd probably make the same threat!

Christine, some people just don't get it!

Cassie, I didn't like steak even before I became vegetarian, so I didn't miss it. LOL

Adrianne, I have to confess sometimes I'm not totally sure what vegans/vegetarians eat either..being a vegetarian on a limited budget means I don't always get things like quinoa either. But at least I know we don't just eat salads!

Jim, no... that's a Vegarian. Completely different. LOL

Faith said...

Karenna, it amazes me what the exes will do to avoid paying cs, isn't it? Hugs to you, sweetie! Know you're not alone.

Fabian Black said...

My youngest son recently turned vegetarian and I haven't found it a problem at all, in fact I've enjoyed sharing the veggie meals I've made for him...all except Quorn. I was enjoying Quorn dishes until someone told me it was made from a cultivated fungus that is related more to the fungus you find in athletes'foot than the mushroom variety. It put me right off. How true it is I don't know, but the idea is in my head now, lol.

Great post and the book sounds wonderful.

Best,

Libby

Karenna Colcroft said...

Thanks, Faith, and hugs back :)

Fabian, I've never tried Quorn...and after reading that, I'm not sure I ever will! LOL

Anthology Authors said...

I was a ovo-lacto vegetarian for 14 years, introduced chicken back into my diet in my late twenties, and eventually reintroduced beef. However, I am a very picky meat eater (in more ways than one. grin) Regardless, I do know what it's like to be one. My experience was similar. I ate two things: salad or steamed vegetables. Usually, the steamed vegetables were cooked beyond recognition and with no seasoning, or flavor at that point. (sigh) Try being one in England in the mid 80s. HAHAHAHAHA If you don't like cabbage, you are screwed! (g)

Jaime Samms said...

wow. Your ex has some...issues. Anyway, I have to admit, while I totally agree being a vegetarian is great for some, I would absolutely miss my slabs of cow. I don't think could do it. Might be in part because there are actually very few veggies I would eat by choice....

I must pick this book up. It is terrible of me that I have not yet gone out and bought my copy. i have been vine Tobias for a special treat. Um. that sounds kinda more junkie an it did in my head. :D

Jaime