I decided to give up eating meat approximately six months ago. I hate fish, so it wasn’t such a difficult decision. Reasons are several, some more serious and others stupid. Gotta admit I love meat, in fact, I’m a Spanish red sausage diehard fan, but this was one of the many changes I’ve gone through lately. I don’ regret this at all, in fact, I feel healthier, and got thinner (ok, barely eating for a couple of months helped me losing some kgs as well), something I really needed as now I feel lighter and got more energy. You know one of the most typical things happening when you’re very settled down is that it’s easy to win weight, it might not be bad for some, but for me this had started to affect my self esteem.
Being veggie does not necessarily imply you become healthier, you can eat as much pizza and pasta as you used to, abuse on sauces to dress up some tasteless tofu or soy burgers. In my case, I admit I’m not eating properly, living alone makes me feel lazy for cooking, and don’t spend so much time at home as to prepare very elaborated meals.
Here is when the real problem arises, when you’re working and have to move to the closest bar or restaurant to buy something to eat, to find they just can offer omelette or cheese sandwiches. Of course I’m talking about regular places, things change when you go to more modern joints. Still I’m shocked there are not veggie meals in fast food chain restaurants yet. I remember back in my London days, 11 years ago already, you could find super cheap veggie burgers for just 90p, even cheaper than the classic cheese burger! When I was skint this became my feeding.
You can enjoy the experience. Go to your neighborhood regular bars and ask for something veggie. This happened to a friend of mine who tried to buy me something different. Conversation went like this:
- Hi, What do you have for a veggie sandwich?
- Well, I could prepare a mayonnaise, lettuce, chicken sandwich.
- Oh! thanks, but I need something that doesn’t have fish or meat.
- Sorry, I can offer you cheese or omelette. What about tuna? Tuna is not fish, is it?
- [Forget about it] Can I get a sandwich with cheese and tomato please?
Vegetarianism seems more a fashion than a way of life here in Spain. People tend to include veggies and macrobiotics in the same group. I don’t think this is correct, and “wiseguys” in the business are charging so much money for tofu burgers or soy stuff, they should be ashamed. Haven’t you noticed lots of healthy food and herbalist’s shops have hugely increased in number lately? These are very profitable establishments. EUR 3-4, for just two tasteless burgers is abusive, and I’m not buying natural nor fresh food, I’m talking about processed tofu burgers, c’mon!
This can also apply to people allergic to gluten, they have to pay more for suitable food. This is complete nonsense. Now, people are more concerned regarding this, but it’s taken a hell of a time to assume this is a very extended illness affecting anyone.
Many of you might say “Well, Toi, it’s your choice, fuck off!!”. I don’t think I do complain about much stuff, in fact I don’t really like this veggie food, I find it particularly boring, but still, feel the need to express my discontent for the way something different is considered either something snob or marginal, you name it. I don’t want to eat fish nor meat, but don’t think I gotta pay more for this decision, that’s all. A bit of wider variety wouldn’t hurt anyone.
My next target is to concentrate on cooking again and try to learn to prepare my own hamburgers and other stuff. I’m quite good with saucepans and ovens, I already cook tasty veggie stuff, TASTY, I reckon, I think I will publish some of my fav recipes so you will believe me: onion cakes with mustard, cheddar cheese sausages, carrot cakes, quiches, risotto…Wanna be my guest?