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17 Things Vegetarians In The South Have To Deal With

Where even the vegetables are made with ham.

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3. But then you feel guilty saying no when someone goes out of their way to make something that you can't eat.

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Southern hospitality is a real thing and having to say that you can't eat something your friend's mom made is literally the most painful thing you had to do as a kid.

6. Feeling like you're being forced to give up eating because everything edible has bacon, ham, or lard in it.

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8. When you're at a cookout and everyone is hogging the only vegetarian sides you can actually eat.

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Like, if you get to eat all of those ribs and burgers and pulled pork, AT LEAST LEAVE ME SOME POTATO SALAD. This is actually probably universal to vegetarians everywhere.

11. When you still have an opinion on the best kind of BBQ sauce even though you don't eat meat and people are like "shut up you don't even know."

12. When someone in the backyard puts vegetables where the meat was on the grill and now you can't eat anything.

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This is probably also universal, but grills rule in the South so this definitely happened to you more than anyone else.

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14. When you really wish people would get more creative with vegetarian proteins but you're afraid to even ask.

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"When can I expect smoked seitan ribs to make an appearance on your menu?" "LEAVE."

15. You always eat boiled peanuts on road trips.

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The fact that you could actually eat something you purchased at a roadside stand makes you feel like you *finally* fit in.

16. And when you leave the South and find out that vegan BBQ drumsticks are a thing everywhere else.

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You feel betrayed because this could have been YOUR WHOLE LIFE.

17. But you know that no matter what, you can ALWAYS count on getting your calories in from some good ol' sweet tea.

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