What Is the Best Way To Tell People I'm Now a Vegetarian?

What Is the Best Way To Tell People I'm Now a Vegetarian?

Faith Durand
Feb 9, 2011

Q: I know the topic of how to not come off as some rude, pretentious vegetarian/vegan has been discussed a lot on The Kitchn, but I recently became a vegetarian and something I've never thought of before crossed my mind: When people ask why I am a vegetarian, what do I tell them without condemning their choice to eat meat?

Please help me out, guys! I really don't want to offend anyone, infringe upon people's right to make their own choices, or be a bad ambassador for vegetarianism.

Sent by Paige

Editor: Paige, this is a great question. We're going to turn it straight over to the readers. What is the best way to graciously express a decision to become vegetarian without implying disapproval for others' choices?


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(Image: Vegetable Lasagna with Butternut Béchamel, Faith Durand)

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