1- The eternal conversation you have on daily basis is: Vegetarian y3ni shino? y3ni Ma akel la7am… Inzain Dyay… wala dyay… enzain semach? wala semach… haaaaaaaaaw 3yal eshtakleen?!
2- People actually think you are putting on an act to attract attention… like ur a daloo3a and saying “way meat la2 way”… and that with a little firmness and “3ain 7amra” Directed towards you at the table you will suddenly become “normal” again! Others would actually pray for your “Allah yahdeech” haw? Shelsalfa?! Whatever!!!
3- You dread visiting people over meals since almost 99% of the time the only vegeterian dishes served are rice & salad alone. If you are planning on eating in a gathering you must provide your own food or else suffer starvation. Chances are what you bring with you won’t be served and you will actually be starved anyways.
4- Old pushy ladies would try and force you to eat meat. If you refuse -and i do- they will start calling you things like “3asra” “De3la” “Mayga” “Mo Metrabiya” “Ma teste7ee”…
5- Sly people would present you with food items saying “Ma feeh la7am kilish”… you bite into it and you see pieces of minced meat and then they would exclaim “ee feeh eshwaya eshda3wa”… AUUUUUUUUGH
6- Ignorant people would constsantly offer you meat/chicken/fish dishes even though you have just said for the millionth time I AM A VEGETARIAN I DO NOT EAT MEAT… it’s like they are waiting for you to slip and then they will trimph over you! Fat Chance!
7- Deciding to go out to restaurants with friends or family frustrtates them (shakel ib Gaucho ana?) and trying to accomodate your needs within the menu at hand feels like a big hassle. It’s like you are sending out a bad vibe or something that ruins the mood if you ask for too many changes and the poor waiters are often confused regarding your request. Indian restaurants are my favorite by the way since half the menu is vegeterian
8- People accuse you of having a poor diet and malnutrition and whenever you say you are sick they would point out that “ee mo ma takleen you are a vegeterian”… SHAKO?!
9- People who try to “handle” you gently… starting with your vegeterianism history and after a thorough investatigation they will drop the ultimate argument on your head to show you how wrong you are and that you can’t get away from this one ”Allah allowed us to eat meat!” Wa ne3ma Be Allah ana ma gelt lokom la takloon la7am walla gelt 7ram don’t kill animals… walaw inhom yaksron kha6ry i admit… bs i am a vegeterian because I HATE THE TASTE OF MEAT THEREFORE I DONT EAT IT! KAIFI yah!
10- Dietritians cannot deal with you in this country. They are used to giving out grilled chicken breast for lunch and almost no one can give me a diet menu with vegeterian options. Same goes for diet centers and meal providers out there. Therefore if i want to go on a professional diet i should be the one conducting it