The Hilarious Struggles of Eating Out
I came across Taran Bassi’s articles, “13 struggles faced by all vegetarians in restaurants” and thought it would be a fun, interactive experiment to invite as much feedback as possible on this one, as most (if not all of you) will have some perspective on this. I’m going to throw in some of my personal experiences alongside my favorite pieces of Miss Bassi’s list.
As a competitive athlete I’m used to the following things:
- Not eating much, sometimes fasting.
- Not eating what I really want.
- Not eating out.
- When I do eat out, see #2.
- Friends that want to eat out all the time, and 100% of what they eat is what I want to eat, but can’t.
As I noted earlier, I’m sure many of you reading this can relate. If your diet is even slightly “restrictive,” you’ve more than likely ended up in social situations where you’ve been exposed to foods you can’t/shouldn’t eat (repeatedly, often conceding victory). It’s frustrating and this frustration is largely where omnivore stereotypes of vegetarians come from. I’ve been “that guy” at the dinner table (or because I was absent – but that’s a story for another day) most of my life, even when my diet consisted of a lot of meat, because I couldn’t do appetizers, usually ate less than half of my entree, and desert was always off the table. No, I can’t take a bite of yours (all right, I often bent the rules for attractive women). Yes, I know it’s ___’s birthday, but I’m not having cake. This rings a bell, right?
Bassi’s list contains most of my favorite situations:
Yep – for most of you, “Texas Roadhouse” is a no-go. Gee, thanks for the invite but it’s not happening. After making my third suggestion (and having it shot down) I consider it a strikeout, a sign from the universe that I’m simply not going out.
I’ve probably had no fewer than a thousand protein drinks before a social outing in order to curb my appetite and it ended up being a total waste because I either:
- Ended up somewhere with great options that I could partake in with no worries, and I sat there, full, while everyone else enjoyed their delicious food.
- Ended up somewhere with great options that I could partake in with no worries, and I sat there, stuffed my face and screwed up my diet for the day.
This one is by far my favorite. I don’t know about you – but I eat salad all week and when the time comes to go out I DON’T WANT ANY MORE SALAD.
Vegetarian options are pretty limited at many restaurants, so its no surprise that as one you’ll often find that your food was significantly less expensive than anyone else’s. This isn’t a big deal at first, until years pass and you realize you’ve spent a small fortune on everyone else’s food.
We’d love to hear about some of your gripes with eating out.
Image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/94/Salad_platter.jpg