Sunday, October 5, 2008

Not Into Vegetarianism

Our family had dinner last week at a restaurant in Mall of Asia. Although I have been to this gigantic mall a couple of times, it never ceases to amaze me. This mall is the 4th largest in Asia, hence the name, I suppose. It is so huge, you could definitely lose your way here. That is if you have a bad sense of direction like me.

Anyway, I had a hard time biting off one of a broccoli's microscopic "branch" due to my newly operated tooth, so I just munched on a soft carrot and I said: "Hey! This chopsuey is really good!" And as always, I had a self-realization. Almost all of my college years, I've been struggling with weight problems. I don't eat a lot at times, but I still feel like I'm getting bigger everyday. Then it suddenly occurred to me. What if I submit myself to vegetarian diet? I tried a number of times, but I end up forgetting about it. How bout getting serious this time? Hmmm....

Conventional Cooking

I tried looking on the internet about this vegetarian thingy and I just found out that there are many kinds of vegetarians. Talk about complicating things.. Anyway, here are a few:

Lacto vegetarians - vegetarians that also eat dairy products however, they do not eat eggs. So I suppose they spread the butter and drink milk. Lacto-ovo vegetarians are like lacto vegetarians (reminds me of lacto basilai shirota strain or yakult or whatever), except they include eggs in their diet. Pesca vegetarians however, eat everything that lacto-ovo vegetarians do but they also consume fish. So I'm starting to think that if you include one more thing you consume other than what the mentioned type eats, your vegetarian name evolves.... again. Funny, people really want to make some things official. Above all this vegetarian jargons, this type is the one I really had in mind - "vegans". I don't know if they worship Vega but one thing's for sure, they only eat plant based foods and consume no animal product of any kind. I don't think I could handle this kind of diet. Geezz... what an exciting life they have!

Most people are turning into vegetarian diet for many factors like medical condition, religion, etc. but most of the time, I encounter people 'showing' they're in this kind of diet because of twisted reasons like I don't know, maybe they feel like they are fabulous and classy everytime they pierce their lettuce with their salad fork or maybe being a vegetarian is an indicator of being rich?! Let me quote something interesting and quite true from this one is by Donner and goes out for vegetarians trying to convince everyone that they are better than common omnivores:

When was the last time you saw a cauliflower flavored piece of bacon? You ever see a carrot flavored roast or a apple flavored steak? The answer to all of these questions are no... why? Because no one is interested in that kind of crap. However, as I look around the vegetarian side of things, I see hamburger flavored mushrooms, I see tofu that looks and tastes like bacon, and meatless ribs made out of God knows what. My question to you is, if vegetarianism is such a great choice, why the **** are you trying to make your food look and taste like meat?

I don't think a day would pass without me eating an egg or simply consuming any kind of meat. Most of the world's delicious foods have meat in them and I don't wanna die missing any of them. I don't have anything against vegetarians, but for those true blooded ones, I salute you, people.