Vegetarian Teen Interview: Abbey

Country: United States

At what age did you become vegetarian?

Since I was born

Why did you become vegetarian?

As a baby, my parents said I just always rejected meat. Now, I am a vegetarian because I do not like meat or the whole concept of animals being killed for their meat/fur.

Were your parents supportive of your vegetarianism? What concerns did they have about it? How are your parents involved in your vegetarianism? Do they buy vegetarian food for you? Do they cook for you? Or do you have to buy your own food or cook for yourself?

My parents were extremely supportive of my vegetarianism and still are. In fact, they are both vegan and have been for a while now. When my family goes to the grocery store, they buy the foods I like which obviously do not contain meat.

How do your friends react to your vegetarianism? Are they supportive? Did vegetarianism change your social life? Have you ever been teased about it?

The most common answer I get after telling friends I’m a vegetarian is something like “How can you not eat meat? How do you get your protein? I could never give up meat, it’s too good!” At this point, I get a little annoyed at how people really think the only way to get protein is through meat. I have never been teased about it.

What do you do to make sure you stay healthy on a vegetarian diet? Do you take any supplements? Do you count your food servings?

I take a multivitamin every day. I do not count my food servings but I probably should.

What’s a typical breakfast for you? A typical lunch? A typical snack? A typical dinner?

A typical breakfast for me is a chocolate fudge poptart. Lunch consists of a hard roll with butter, fruit snacks, baked lays, little bites muffins, and Special K pastry crisps. A typical dinner is pasta. A typical snack is yogurt.

Do you have any advice for other vegetarian teens?

My advice would be to take vitamins and make sure you are eating healthy. Also, stand by your decision to be a vegetarian. One day, more people will notice the animal cruelty that takes place in the meat industry. Defend your beliefs, even if it means losing friends because if they don’t support you, they weren’t your friends to begin with.

What do you do for fun? What are your after school activities? What are your favorite subjects in school?

I enjoy writing, singing, swimming, and floor hockey but only for fun. After school, I either go I work or do school work or both, depending on the day of the week. My favorite subjects are psychology, math, and science.