We are now vegetarians (my husband and I). I don’t know if this is good news to those who follow my blog, or those who have tried going back to it looking for new updates on restaurants. Or those who just happen to stumble upon my blog because of the previous “meaty” escapades posted. I’ve decided to revive The Wandering Boots and reflect the changes we’ve made in our diet, document my experience and post options for people who have decided or are thinking about going Vegetarian full-time, or part-time.
First off, this requires a bit of explaining. Is it by choice, or is it something that was dictated to us? Is it because of belief, or is it because of diet? It’s a combination of being a choice (of course everything is by choice – technically), and something that we needed to do because of my husband’s alarming progressing liver issues. Don’t worry, that can be a point of discussion for another post. I personally love veggies, and can live on them alone, but my husband, well, it’s something that he is learning to love, and he seriously is loving it now. We did not decide to do this just to shed off some pounds although I’ve been told, and I’ve read, it can help in that area as well. We didn’t do it because we believe that animals shouldn’t be eaten, although we both love animals in all shapes, sizes, and from different habitats – alive, we have nothing against people enjoying animals as food (especially food animals who have a sustainable population in the wild).
The decision to go meatless was drastic. I was thinking about it for quite some time now, but Mario got his idea to join me when he got his latest medical tests. Was the switch from meat-full to meat-less difficult? Well, not during the first few days. I knew I had to cook for us and maybe take some home cooking to work, so it wasn’t a struggle of will. We knew we were going to put in extra effort into looking for restaurants that offer meatless options. We knew we would be paying full price on items even if we request all meat be removed – and we were prepared for the funny stares and the puzzled looks restaurant crews were going to give us. So if someone would ask me if it was difficult, I’d say no. It wasn’t. Because we were mentally prepared (or psyched ourselves with the worst scenario), and during execution, it wasn’t that bad at all.
The First Few Days
We’re 3 months into being meatless, so we’re no experts. That being said, it also means that the memory, the feelings, and the thoughts we had when we first started 3 months ago, are still somewhat fresh. First few days were “fun”. There as a lot of “kasi vegetarian na kami” (“because we’re vegetarians now”) whenever we’d decline offers of all meat pizza, or really creamy and spicy kaldereta, perhaps my favorite sinigang (regardless of which protein). It was really fun the first few days. It’s the feeling that you now belong to a special group of people where membership is few. There’s also the puzzled look on people’s faces after we let them know we’re vegetarian. Somehow I get a feeling that they were expecting vegetarians to be slimmer (a lot slimmer) than the two pretenders in front of them. Luckily, we’ve gotten over that with stronger resolve and a lot of getting used to. :)
It’s been 3 months so far and we’ve gone on a 3-day out of town trip with friends (Baler), been dining in office canteens, mall food courts, and at home – all while being vegetarians. Well, it’s been fun, but not without its challenges, but, it’s been fun. ^_^ And I’ll write more about it.
The wandering boots will still retain its previous post, but all future posts will be on vegetarian options in restaurants that we normally would never have tried ordering, which can be enjoyed by vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. I’ll be sharing some recipes and tips that can help those who are thinking about making the switch.