I Cannot Be A Vegetarian

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[DISCLAIMER: This post does not aim to throw shade to vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, etc. This post is written to share the author’s POV on how food has grown to be a part of his life. The author fully respects any form of political, spiritual, up to the gustatory standpoints. Peace and love.]

I can’t be a vegetarian – I always told myself that. I probably never will be. Not even a pescatarian or any of the sorts. I like to eat. I am on a see-food diet where I see food and eat it (badum tsss). This is basically how I was raised by my parents back in my hometown: to be grateful of the food I see on the table because we’re not rich.

So, yeah, I grew up as a fat kid. My cheeks were jiggly as gelatin and my belly flapped in every step I took. My father has always been very keen on providing meals for us regardless of how gallant or humble the food is. All I’ve known was that I had to be thankful that I don’t get to sleep each night with an empty stomach.

Living away from my parents, I have continued to possess that kind of attitude. Sometimes, even, in restaurants I tend to finish the food or pack them up for takeout and not let anything go to waste.

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There are these food markets/bazaars popping around the city lately making them the newest hive for always-hungry-hippies like me and over-worked-zombified yuppies. But there’s only one particular place I like going to – Sugbo Mercado, the first and largest weekend food market in Cebu.

In the food market kind of setting, I get to fervently exercise my see-food diet since I just walk around and look for visually titillating dishes. That said, I cannot help but rejoice over the wide array of food choices just waiting to be transacted over the counter. Also, a busy and buzzy market would make a great backdrop for a spontaneous fun shoot with friends.

This is still no exception; each order always gets a squeaky finish and it’s not because of the gratitude thing [although, it partly is]. It’s because whichever stall I end up marching in always has something different to offer from the others without compromising the impression of newfound gustatory pleasure.

I can’t be a vegetarian not because I hate vegetables – I do love them. I can’t be a vegetarian not because I don’t feel bad for maltreated animals in slaughterhouses. I just can’t be a vegetarian because life is full of gastronomic wonders.

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xx Kerr

Photographs by Renz Gaquit
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9 thoughts on “I Cannot Be A Vegetarian

  1. i feel you.. I grew up like you and am still encountering a hard life, and so I eat whatever I get and no be choosy about it… I think people like us are easy and adaptable…my kids on the other hand are so much more choosy much to my annoyance…

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    1. Maybe it’s about the generation that we grew up in especially here in our country where vegetarian lifestyle is not that mainstream. Third world country na nga tayo, magcho-choosy pa hahaha

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  2. I cannot be a vegetarian too. Because I am very picky with veggies. When I was a kid, di talaga ako kumakain ng gulay, but thankfully na appreciate ko siya paglaki ko. Haha. But I can never give up meat. I liked the last part, life is full of gastronomic wonders. It’s part of every culture, so we should never put ourselves inside a box. Explore!

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  3. Hello taga Cebu sd ko, Hanahan, yes I grew up on a family in which we are very thankful of what we have ,because, honestly we’re nor rich, I’m just a common folk as well and, d ako choosy, but I tried to fast sometimes, just eating vegetables for 10 days and it was good, it’s like a body detox , it’s good to have it sometimes buy not often. D mada, kidding aside, nice one bro

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  4. Yes I think it’s hard too. I usually eat vegetarian at least once or twice a week. But a steak perfectly made, is hard to replace by vegetarian food. It’s a mind set and I don’t want to stop eating meat either. Have you seen the movie about the meat industry? I don’t remember the name now, but if you google it, you’ll find it. After seeing that movie a lot of people stopped eating meat.
    xo Sabine
    http://www.sofarsosabine.com

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  5. I think being a vegetarian is really difficult in the Philippines. I try to eat veggies as much as I can. But sometimes the food choices are so limited and so full of pork and chicken. Even our go-to meals are silog style. I think it has to do with our food culture. Because when I spent 5 days in Vietnam all I had was veggies and I never felt deprived. Wish I could go back hahaha

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  6. Life has too many delish foods to offer and it’s going to be a real waste if all we eat is vegetables. Lol. I feel you there bro. I can’t imagine doing that too. One time, during holy week, I fasted and ate just fruits and bananas for a week. I lost weight, I had a hard time, I felt good but I just couldn’t do it again. But I do try to limit what I eat especially eating foods with preservatives like Tocino or hotdogs. I think I’d still try foreign foods especially when they look really yummy.

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  7. Always wanted to try being a vegetarian. You know, it looks fun and interesting. You’re also not consuming any meat, which for me is a way of dieting but I never got the hang of it. Like you guys, everything about being vegetarian is something I can never ever achieve. Eating is just so much fun

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