So, I just found out that one of my best friends has started eating meat again. He was vegetarian for three years and he just told me that he got very sick and started eating meat. He’s now been eating animals for two months. I don’t think he was even going to tell me that he’s not veg anymore because it’s been two months and the only reason he said anything was because I wished him a happy hug a vegetarian day ):
So, he told me he was eating meat again because he got sick and lost a bunch of weight and I, of course, said that he wasn’t eating healthy. I know this for a fact; he wasn’t always eating right, if eating at all, and never took any supplements. So I think all this and stress/ depression finally got to him and he got sick. Ever since I went veg and became really interested in health and nutrition I always told him that he has to start eating, for one, and eating healthier, taking supplements, and stop smoking. However, he pretty much always brushed this off; I suppose it’s because his home life isn’t the greatest and I think he’s always stressed (if he’s not, I’d be extremely surprised.)
He didn’t argue with me at all because he knows that not taking supplements and not eating healthy is most likely the culprit, but he did say that it’s been two months and he’s finally feeling healthy. I told him that I’m glad he’s feeling healthy, but if he doesn’t at least try to be veg again (with me taking an active roll in teaching him how to eat healthily and what supplements to take,) then I’d be very disappointed in him. He’s not the smartest, but he knows that animals suffer a great deal to be on that dinner plate. He knows that animals shouldn’t be treated as objects and that they have personality and feelings and there is absolutely no reason why humans need to eat them. I told him all of this and he simply replied that he knows all this and did his part, but now his time in this war is over. I didn’t say anything. I’m just so disappointed in him that he wouldn’t at least try to be veg again the right way and that he would just throw away all his beliefs like this. He became a vegetarian a year before me and was constantly on my butt about becoming veg. He was just so devoted and really cared. I know your health is important and okay you started eating meat again because you thought that would make you feel better, but if you care AT ALL then at least try again! I don’t know what happened; I guess he stopped caring or forgot just how much animals suffer.
Sorry this is so long, but I just needed to vent and want some advice.
I would try and stay away from nagging and scolding but be positive. Suggest eating vegetarian meals together, or trying to get him at least to get on meatless mondays. These small suggestions may help him realize why he became vege in the first place and maybe get him back on board.
I understand. Sometimes people revert though, it is habit. But eventually he will go back & hopefully by next year a lot less animals will be. It’s good you calmed down :D. I hope he does. The more of us the better! (: . & Thanks it did :]
@RobertMalr, He’s not much of a reader, but that’s a good idea! I could get him something vegan related…Maybe I can put together a basket with an assortment of animal rights stuff. (This would actually be a good idea for my other veg friend who wears leather. Ick.)
@rawrxmoranda13, It’s hard for this to not have an effect on me because I care about him and don’t want animals to suffer and die because of him. Although I’m still in disbelief, I have cooled down some and am going to give it some time. Hopefully he’ll go back to being vegetarian. Also, I hope things worked out with you and your friend. (:
@Sara-W, I know! It doesn’t make much sense. One other thing I don’t like is when people say, “Well I had a friend who went vegetarian and s/he got really sick, so being vegetarian isn’t healthy.” Now my friend is that bad vegetarian example. *sigh*
Thank you all for the great advice! (: I’m feeling much better now and I really think I could get him to be vegetarian again.
That sucks that your friend isn’t vegetarian anymore, especially since he knows about the horrors of the meat industry. I always find it weird when people say they can’t be veg because of “health reasons” since being vegan is SO much better for our health (not to mention the animals and the environment).
Try sitting down to watch Forks Over Knives with him (it’s on instant on Netflix). A lot of depression and stress is due to not eating a balanced diet. And if he’s adding in all the hormones, cholesterol, and other junk from eating animals it’s no wonder if he gets in a funk!
Hopefully with your support and know-how about eating cruelty-free and healthfully he’ll see that it’s the kindest and best way to live.
That sounds like me and my friend. . . .she pressured me to go vegetarian. It’s really hard and I’ve been in yours and your friends shoes….But he probably will go back to it. Just give it time. Just because he eats meat still doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. . . Don’t let his decisions have such an effect on you, it’s not healthy. I hope he goes back to vegetarian. Just keep suggesting it…but don’t be overbearing. He may have reverted back because of the stress he’s had. Hope you feel better. (: