Sunday, December 21, 2008

going vegan on christmas day

my fervent wish is that my lechon-soda-spicy-lumpia addiction will desert me this christmas.

i want so much to live a healthy life. life as described by charlie. life without antibiotics, bad cholesterol, hyperacidity and hospitals.

i envy him for not never being sick his whole life. for aging gracefully and having baby smooth skin and super soft hair.

i envy how he smells so good even without perfume, for not having to worry about bad breath and body odor.

i envy his superhuman ability to detest lechon on sight, while i drool.

i wish i dont have to look at a pig and think porkchop and liempo, sinigang, pata tim, crispy pata! cows are not so bad. i dont like beef so much. chiken is another matter. who doesn't love turbo chicken? or kfc hotshots? who doesnt like french fries dipped in sinful spicy gravy sprinkled with msg?

to go vegan is insane! crazy crazy crazy! imagine life without mcdonalds, kfc, greenwhich, coke float!

i will miss my hyperacidity, my dextrose and hospital bills too. hahaha!

but seriously. i do want to go vegan. if marvin kiefer can do it, i can too! and charlie has been nagging me every waking moment to eat right. eat healthy. the litany goes:

"shals, i told you not to eat that! think where that meat comes from. think of the antibiotics in there!"
"but hon, this pork is from a farmer i know personally ! he feeds the pigs with bananas!" (lie)
"where did the bananas come from?"
"from his farm."
"where is his farm? did you see how he plants his bananas? does he use fertilizers and other toxic chemicals?"
"the bananas just grow"
"come on shals. dont be an idiot!"
"i know this pig is safe!"
"yeah right"

or the conversation could go this way:

" i have to buy another dress for the party coz my red dress wont fit anymore"
"its tight around the tummy"
"you're getting fat."
"no, im not."
"are you telling me that your red dress shrank?"
"no. i mean, i havent had my period yet. thats why"
"thats baloney.its because of all the trash you eat."
"i dont eat that much meat anymore" (lie)
"then why is your stomach getting big?"
"i told you"
"you're getting fat"
"i'm not. i don't go fat. its just my tummy."
"yeah. its where it all starts. i dont want to live with a fat woman" (scare tactic.always works)

then he would start sending me videos about GMO's and animal rights. after months of studying everything, i understood what he meant by it all. but old habits die hard. and he is thousands of miles away and cannot snatch away the double cheeseburger from my hands.

now i get so guilty if i spend a week eating just pigs and cows. i get all sorts of psychosomatic stress from eating all these poor animals. then i would splurge on vegetables and fish for redemption. only that i live with carnivorous animals at home and its hard to resist a slab of tender pork meat.

then tonight i talked to marvin and told him going vegan is difficult coz of my hyperacidity (an excuse so he could give me something to throw at charlie). unfortunately, i was talking to a great disciple of healthy eating and he told me:

hmm hyperacidity means your body is off balance.. its not a trick its way..eating healthy means alot of nuts except for peanuts. or take an alkaline vitamin c.. salads, fruits(but not too much).. raw foods.. dont mix too much food together. stay way from vinegar, deep fried foods, hydrogenated fats, white bread and rice and no softdrinks... instead of eating 3 big meals a day eat 6 small ones. research on acidic and alkaline foods and meals.
:) kinda long but thats not even the half of it..
think yin yang..

then i said..its christmas! temptation is so hard to resist! and vegetables takes a long time to prepare. he said,

well eat something healthy before going to a party so dont eat that much but at the same time not depriving yourself.. some food takes long to prepare but some take a minute.. but generally your talking bout fastfood which you generally can call useless. you survive by cooking your own food..the only way..