Hi friends!! April 28th… 1/4 of the year is basically gone. Time is flying!! I don’t know about you, but I think that a few years ago time didn’t go by so fast… Maybe I’m just crazy
Today I want to talk about a hilarious and funny question people ask me whenever I eat outside, or I tell someone I’m vegetarian (mostly vegan). You are what? Why? Wait… then What do you eat?
Yes, I’m vegetarian/vegan for multiple reasons, which I’m not planning on discussing. We are different persons with different beliefs. That said, even when I’d love the world to be vegetarian/vegan, I’m not stalking people to eat the way I do. Note: I say mostly vegan because every now and then I might have something with cheese, ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Back to what I eat. Puerto Rico is a place where meat is part of every meal, our american breakfasts of eggs, bacon, ham and cheese are everywhere. Many of our traditional dishes include meat, so trust me when I’m saying how hard it is to go out for lunch/dinner. That’s one of the main reasons I’d rather cook my foods. You could be a vegetarian or vegan out of frozen meals and oreo’s, but my goal is health, not hospitals.
Sometimes I’ll go out for dinner with Jou, and we always laugh when the waiter comes smiling, telling me about their steaks, fish, pork ribs or yummy chicken specials, until (after five minutes of describing their meat menu) I say: “hey, I’m vegetarian, do you have anything without meat?” Whaaaaat? that’s their face. You bi**h smiled at me while I was describing meat when you don’t eat it? I know that’s their real thought H i l a r i o u s! After that inner thought they would make the fundamental question: then, what do you eat? Lettuce and tomatoes?
Dear people: I am vegetarian. I don’t live out of lettuce and tomatoes,or salads. In fact my diet is 1,000 times more varied now that I don’t eat meat. I eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, I eat whole grains, legumes, tofu, and the list goes on and on. In September I visited my cardiologist (who was actually excited to see a heart as healthy as mine), and she gave me green light with vegetarianism.
Final point: I eat a healthy diet, I have different source of plant-based protein. I’m constantly reading, to make sure I receive the nutrients I need. The fact that (many, not all) people believe that they are healthier than me because I don’t eat meat is wrong (in fact I’m not eating as much saturated fat as they are). I’m not living out of salads, and there is a whole, and amazing variety of food out there that make the vegetarian/vegan options tasteful.
Wheeewww I’m leaving now, I could go on with an essay, but I’d rather leave you with some funny quotes!
If you are a vegan/vegetarian do people ask you what do you eat? or Where do you get your protein from? Most of the time people ask me those questions, other times they’ll say “oh but you need meat to survive, I know many vegetarians that are dying at hospitals” Say what? I had a vegan professor who NEVER missed a day. He was as healthy as a new born!! So, don’t think that I’m going to buy that!
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