So, on April 1, I became a vegetarian. No joke!
WHY are you doing this, Justinne?
As you all know, I enjoy watching documentaries. Nah, you probably didn’t know that.I stumbled upon Robert Kenner’s Food Inc. (2008) and felt distraught about the conditions of animal slaughter. Most of them don’t even see the light of day. What’s the point of living for these animals? Why are we so cruel? The documentary made me think a lot, and the more I look at my bunny (before) and our cat now, I can’t even imagine that people eat animals like them somewhere. I love animals, and really think that we should protect them. With all the technology that we’ve developed, I’m really curious to see if we can have food alternatives that don’t have to involve suffering of other living creatures. I know there’s a few in the works. Although I do enjoy my meat, I thought that maybe I should try living without it. This month, I decided to put that thought into action.
WHAT do you eat?
I know that everyone has their own views on being a vegetarian and what it involves, etc., but I thought that I should at least take it slow. I’ve never really been much of a vegetable eater myself, so even just simply eating vegetables is quite challenging. I’ve decided that my challenge this month is to not eat meat.. I eat eggs, dairy products, but I do not eat meat. I think that’s good to start with.
I went to The Naam last week, and although I didn’t particularly enjoy the veggie steak, it’s nice to know Vancouver has options. The Foundation is my fave so far (it’s the only other veggie restaurant I’ve been to), and I’ve yet to go this month.
HOW does it feel so far?
It’s been challenging to choose from restaurant menus, and being Filipino and all, there’s meat everywhere at home. I’ve been surrounded by mouthwatering dishes, and had to REJECT JOLLIBEE CHICKEN JOY. Portobello mushroom burgers, soup, salad, bread, etc. = my restaurant feast!
I haven’t really read much about a vegetarian diet, so so far it’s been pretty bad for me. I’ve felt weak several times during the day, and tend to have a higher sugar intake especially at night because I’m hungry! I haven’t even been to the gym since the month started (okay, that’s probably because I’m busy with my new position, and tend to relax when home)…I have to start being healthy!
WILL YOU continue this?
So far, it’s only been a month. I’ve been getting AWESOME food suggestions from friends, so I really like how there’s something there for me. I went grocery shopping last week and got a vegetarian scallopine, which has been my only meat-like food option at home. There’s a few to still try: veggie ground rounds, Yves, Tofurky, etc.
Lettuce see how this goes for me! In the meantime, would love to know what YOU suggest!