Hey people. This is a post about how my husband and I are now partly vegetarians and partly non-vegetarians (I don’t even know what that means).
So vegetarians are people who don’t eat meat, poultry, or seafood. But people with a variety of dietary patterns call themselves vegetarians.
Different kinds of vegetarians
Vegans (complete vegetarians): They do not eat meat, poultry, fish, or any products obtained from animals, including eggs, dairy products, and gelatin.
Lacto-ovo vegetarians: They do not eat meat, poultry, or fish, but do eat eggs and dairy products.
Lacto vegetarians: Do not eat meat, poultry, fish, or eggs, but do take dairy products.
Ovo vegetarians: They do not eat meat, poultry, fish, or dairy products, but do eat eggs.
Partial vegetarians: Avoid meat but may eat fish (pesco-vegetarian, pescatarian) or poultry (pollo-vegetarian). Source: www.health.harvard.edu
So I guess we are a lacto-ovo, partial vegetarians.
We take eggs and diary products, honey too as part of our diet, in infrequent basis. Errr, because we’re not vegans.
Sounds and looks so easy, right? Such an easy peasy thing to do.
NO. IT. IS. NOT. You don’t even know the half of it yet.
People become vegetarians for many reasons. For health reasons, animal welfare concerns, for budget reasons and even environmental conservation. You name it. I am doing it for love clears throat.
Meanwhile, this post is in no way a means of disrespecting avid vegetarians (vegans) and all the other ‘rians you will find in this post and that exists on the cosmos. It is just about sharing our journey.
For us, the journey officially started sometimes in February, when Sam-my (le husband) made an unbelievable statement after what I would have ordinarily referred to as an amazing dinner, he thought we should completely cut off carbs from our diet.
At first I thought the meal he had just eaten was bad (probably like when you actually mean good but good doesn’t just cut it).
Well, I could see the china on his dish (so it was definitely a bad meal, as in good), and we also still do need carbs (okay maybe because I love rice), so what exactly is dear husband saying? And my facial expression did well to buttress my bewilderment. Also that wasn’t the first time he had suggested something like that.
But this time he looked serious. I still had my suspicions, but managed to respond an “okay” with my best sarcastrious tone. Emm, because you can be sarcastic and yet serious. And I knew if I gave him some jollof rice and dodo tomorrow he was going to ask for more.
In his defense though, my meals are awesome. He can’t really say no when I offer him food.
Besides, even if someone snuck in and made my food wack (definitely someone – because I don’t cook wack), eat he must.
As a Nigerian, I believe the most vegetables a lot of us (Nigerians) would eat naturally is edikang ikong, efo riro, egusi soups (because it has a bit of pumpkin leaves). Then may be throw in some okro and jute somewhere on that list like you would a slam dunk.
I am not even going to pretend that I enjoy eating vegetables that doesn’t look like the ones I just mentioned above, so I am just as guilty.
Even the very best salads can be incredibly boring. Squeeze some chicken juice on it, and trickle it with more chicken feathers, if it’s not almost an entire chicken with sauces and spices, I don’t know what that is, period!
Meanwhile, hubby and I are doing this thing where we are trying to fit into the fit fam (see what I did there), I thought it wouldn’t be so bad to actually consider hubby’s suggestions by doing the less carb thing.
I felt the idea was doable, easy peasy. Because when you think of it, we really don’t have so many options in this country. In fact, most of our foods are on the carbs side. So vegetarian food for the culture.
Fortunately too, we use this app for exercising, that comes with daily meal plans. The next day, I went shopping for all kinds of veggies using the menu list from the app, (totally did it for love, wrapped around health reasons).
Although I had mentioned that we are lacto-ovo, our milk intake has been reduced to the most minimal amount. Which means TEA and BREAD (in the African context) has been somewhat denied. Like the saying goes these days, if you know, you know. Tea and bread reduced to the minimum, just let me fast okay. No more food instead.
And the very height of it all in that first week, was the five consecutive days of no rice!!! And I just have to admit right now, I had withdrawal symptoms, you know how you’re gasping for air in your lungs and stuff, well that. So much that I forgot to exercise for days.
I don’t even care so much for the remaining carbs. But having to live mainly on fruits and leafy vegetables for five good days without rice; I was left wondering what I had been thinking joining a crusade that was not meant for me.
Some people were born with sweet tooth, Africans were born with spicy tooth. That too was a bit of an issue.
But as the very innovative and flexible people that we (Africans) are, we came up with other possible ways to enjoy our no carbs (except rice) diet.
I invite you to join us on the journey, if you have yet to start. And to look out for the concluding part, where I’ll be sharing a couple of ways we have been “managing” and enjoying being almost vegetarian or something like that. It is the best part.
Thank you. Have a blessed week.