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Meatless-ly happy

2 months. Or 63 days to be exact. No meat. 

It started as a ’30-day trial’ as I was not even sure if I could stay on a vegetarian diet for long. Surprisingly, a lot of ‘inconveniences’ were self-conjured. Over the past weeks, I discovered that there were actually many vegetarian dining options out there – and many many other possibilities of how one could prepare a hearty meal without harming any animals. Most importantly, plants can taste good, if not better!

I am confident enough to say that I am pledging to be a vegetarian for life. I don’t want that awful sensation of putting animals into my mouth anymore. I don’t want to burp dead animals. I want to put a stop to violent animal farming practices. 

That said, I hope you don’t see me as some arrogant self-righteous animal rights crackpot. I am still your normal friend and I don’t mind you eating animals in front of me. My dearest Dad still enjoys his pig trotters and assam fish head while I quietly savour my lifeless vegetables at the dinner table. Our conversations are normal and family bonds remain as strong as before. Nobody at home could really find any reason to complain about me eating plants in front of them, so there. 

Nothing has changed really, I am still me, except for a slight stirring from within – that I am meatless-ly happy. 🙂

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Non-dairy alternatives

Friends exclaim in bewilderment when they realize that I don’t drink cow’s (or any other animal’s) milk. I like my coffee black and so I don’t feel that I am missing anything. The idea of drinking bodily fluids from another unknown animal sickens me…that’s just me….

What about your cereals you may ask. Well, I do take milk, but only from plant-based sources!

For the month of July, NTUC is having promotion on the following:

Eco-mil Almond Milk (Sugar-free)

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$5.20 (U.P $6.50)

Good Karma Flax Milk

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$4.75 (U.P $5.60)

Of course there’s always soy milk, but too much soy is bad too, hence it is important to drink a variety of plant-based milk derived from other sources. These include rice milk, whole grain milk, hazelnut milk…oh man there’s just so many alternatives out there and you’ll be spoilt for choice. Trust me, they taste helluva better than dairy milk! Do give it a try!

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Completed 30 Day Vegan Challenge

I am glad to announce that I have thrived well after becoming a vegan for the past 30 days!

I have no cravings for meat but I must say I do miss eggs sometimes. The other day while having breakfast with a friend I saw him eating his runny egg yolk I did waver a lil’ thinking how yummy it would be to have an egg yolk in my mouth.

That said, after one month of this vegan trial, I feel happy and energetic. I would like to stay on being a vegan as long as possible, but probably will not refuse dairy/egg products like ice-cream or cakes once in a while. Will not be that strict but definitely will stick to being a vegetarian for life. If we want to be strict about labels, I will probably be 80% vegan and 20% vegetarian. Haha.

Anyway, to all aspiring vegetarians/vegans, what are you waiting for? Just start today and stick to it! It’s not as difficult or scary as it sounds. What’s so scary about plants anyway? They have no eyes, no ears, no mouth…they don’t run, crawl or fly…in fact now I FEAR eating animals!

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Vegan in Cebu

Thanks to globalisation, there are vegan friendly restaurants here in Cebu, making my Day 1 here very comfortable. Siam Thai Cuisine at Ayala Centre Cebu offers a vegetarian menu and I was assured that no eggs and dairy are involved, unless upon request.

The vegetarian fried rice and tofu with cashews are really very yummy!

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Q&A on why I decided to go meatless

3 weeks have past ever since I embarked on being a vegan. While to most people it sounded quite drastic, for me it was a smooth transition so far. Over the past weeks friends and family have been very supportive, and I was asked many questions about this conversion. So I am listing their questions and my responses – if you are interested. 🙂

Q: This is so sudden. What happened?

A: It has been gradual actually. I was surrounded by many vegetarians (I am a Buddhist) and for the longest time I have been delaying the conversion. In fact it is NOT a requirement for Buddhists to be vegetarians – Buddha never said so – but in the practice of Bodhicitta (loving-kindness), many Buddhists resolve to go meatless because one of the vows we take is to refrain from taking another life. While eating meat doesn’t mean we are committing murder, the fact that I demand it still makes me complicit in the food chain. I aspire to minimize my predator pawprint so to speak. So I was still eating meat but I slowly cutoff meat and tried the pescetarian (seafood) diet. I became flexitarian – swinging around seafood and meat aimlessly, vegetarian on certain days etc.

Moreover, I am an animal lover. I have dogs, guinea pigs, gerbils and fish as pets. I interact with them daily and i don’t need to find scientific evidence to prove that they have consciousness. One of my dogs even undergone depression when my grandma passed away. I asked myself why I can eat pigs, cows, chickens and not feel awful about it, yet when I read about some cultures eating dog meat I became so enraged? Upon deep reflection, I realised I have been avoiding thinking about meat eating, and I have no right to judge dog or cat eaters.

So during Vesak Day, I told myself no more vacillating. Just do it.

Q: Then why vegan? Why so extreme?
A: Veganism involves abstaining from all animal products such as dairy and eggs. I have stopped drinking cow’s milk for a few years already. It started when I was doing yoga and my instructor told me that milk is very bad for adults because it produces a lot of mucous in the body. I thought it was bullshit. I love my milk! But I went home, researched on dairy, and decided that there are truths to it. I also visited a dairy farm and I could see cows crying. To most people, their eyes are naturally wet. To me it was tears. And I vividly remembered visiting a chicken battery farm when I was in Primary School. The chickens were stacked up high like HDB and they couldn’t move. I saw one of their legs trapped between the wires, and asked the guide whether he can help to pull the leg out of the wires, he told me “it’s ok, they don’t need to walk anyway”. His reply hit me hard. I went home and cried.

I said I will try veganism for a month and thus far I am still holding up well. I don’t sense any difficulty or changes to my body. But I think I might probably eat diary and egg products (such as ice-cream, pancakes etc) once a while after this 30-day challenge. But right now I am resolved to be vegetarian for life. Maybe I will eat eggs again, but in moderation.

Q: Don’t you feel weird or strange? Like weak?

A: Except that I think I cannot lift heavy weights as before, but I have been reading up on vegetarian bodybuilding so I think that can be managed. Otherwise, I don’t feel strange. In fact I would advice you to read “Eating Animals” and watch the film “Earthlings”. Both the book and film made me feel weird eating meat.

Q: How about your social life?

A: Please, vegetarians do go out, dance and have fun! And most restaurants have vegetarian options nowadays, it’s not an issue at all. I am not a monk! Lol.

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TGIF!

It being Friday, let’s give thanks by eating more vegetables!

For lunch, it was Shimbashi Soba at Paragon Orchard. You know how hard it is to find vegetarian food in Orchard, let alone vegan? Well, Shimbashi Soba has a vegetarian menu and I was told they don’t use eggs and dairy, and so I was thoroughly pleased! I had the Shokuda Set that comes with soba, avocado salad, vegetable sushi, tempura and mochi for dessert. Oiishi!

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For dinner, it was at New Green Pasture Health Food Trading at Fortune Centre Level 4. We had 3 different types of rolls – Vietnamese, Sri Lankan and Sushi rolls! I found the Lankan roll a tad too spicy for my liking (a mix of potato and tofu curry) but love the other two absolutely. Will definitely be back very often!

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Sunny Choice

It’s my 2nd evening having dinner at this organic eatery and I must must mention it.

Strongly recommended by my aunt and cousin, I had my first meal at Sunny Choice (The Rail Mall) yesterday and ordered a thunder tea rice and vegetable sushi. The thunder tea rice was wicked, packed with vegetables and crunchy stuff which I think are deep fried shrooms.
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This evening, I ordered Lepat which I don’t even know what that was. It’s another version of a veg rice bowl that consists of braised shrooms, cucumbers, crunchy lentils and beans, alfafa, spinach….it was just heavenly. I ordered their classic salad too and it was just so easy and joyful to eat!

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