Growing up I was tall and slim and had a very fast metabolism.  I could eat anything I wanted, so I did.  Fast food, junk food, home-cooked meals, restaurant food, pastries, bread, pasta, rice, meat, chicken, fish, etc.  I ate it all!  But as I grew older my metabolism slowed down and I find it isn’t as easy to burn off all the calories I consume so I have to start eating smart.  After all, it isn’t about the quantity of food I eat but about the quality.

The meat reduction cycle

It started in my 20s, I would go through this eating cycle:

  • week 1 – no beef
  • week 2 – no beef and pork
  • week 3 – no beef, pork, and chicken
  • week 4 – no beef, pork, chicken, and seafood, just veggies
  • week 5 – I eat whatever I like

That’s for one whole week each time, no cheat days.  I guess I give myself a cheat week, lol!  Then the cycle starts over again. The cheat week is not a binge-fest so it isn’t so sinful as all that

Today, the only meats I eat with any consistency are chicken and fish (fresh or canned).  I don’t really follow the cycle anymore because of it but occasionally, I get to enjoy pork (like in adobo or bacon) and shrimp and some cold cuts like pastrami and pepperoni (which I looooove!) but they are few and far between.

Healthy food choices

Let’s take a look at an all-time favorite sandwich, the burger.  It looks innocent enough but that much meat (even with all the veggies on top of it in the sandwich) cannot be good for our health.

But burgers are delicious, right?  And so easy to prepare.  Are there healthier alternatives?

A logical direction to go is to replace the burger meat (which is usually beef) with chicken or fish.  but what if there was a better alternative?  In my personal opinion, here is an easy peasy way to introduce a plant-based diet to our carnivorous family and friends.

 

For the affordable price of 135 pesos, you get TWO UnMeat burger patties.  That is a REALLY GOOD PRICE.

If you want to decide for yourself which kind of burger is better then hop on over to Shakey’s and order the Goood Burger and the Baaad Burger. 🙂  Go there with a friend and share the love. 🙂

The Goood Burger and the Baaad Burger from Shakeys
The Goood Burger and the Baaad Burger from Shakeys

When I discovered that Century Pacific Food / Swift launched this plant-based product Shopee and Lazada a few days ago at the introductory price of 50 pesos, I jumped at it and ordered 8 packs.  Now I think I should have bought more, lol!

I already love Century Pacific Food for bringing Century Tuna into my life and now this!  I am so overwhelmed and amazed and happy!

What I like about the UnMeat Burger is that it looks and tastes like a regular burger but it is not composed of meat!  And best of all, it is affordable.

The downside of deciding to go vegan

Frankly, going vegan is expensive.  I just bought some stuff for a friend last weekend: Beyond Meat sausages for 699 pesos, and that is just 4 sausages in the pack.  I also bought Daiya dairy-free cheddar cheese (200 grams) for 329 pesos.  Vegetables are also expensive.  This means that I need to get creative when I cook dinner for the family … like when I cooked spicy eggplant and tofu last week. 🙂

spicy eggplant and tofu
spicy eggplant and tofu

Is a vegetarian/vegan diet the only answer?!?

Ok, before you get all up in my face, I am not saying that a plant-based diet is the only answer to good health. After all, it isn’t for everyone.  I know people who will probably not live as long if they are deprived of meat.  Personally, though, I have found that I feel livelier and stronger with less meat in my diet … but that’s just me.  I haven’t removed the meat from my diet, I just reduced it.

I got this infographic from forksoverknives.com to show the difference between a vegan diet and a plant-based diet.

Based on the infographic I am NONE OF THE ABOVE, hahaha.  Ok, honestly, the way I eat is possibly closest to the plant-based diet but I would say, very loosely because I really like to eat. 😀

I therefore conclude …

That what you choose to eat is totally up to you but, as much as you can without being sad, try to make healthier choices.

Currently, the UnMeat burger is only available at Lazada and Shopee while supply lasts!  I am really hoping they bring this to the regular supermarkets soon.

** This post is not a solicited post.  I just really like the UnMeat burger. 🙂

 

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By Penny Tan

Penny wears many hats. She is an educator, writer, editor, blogger, social media manager, web developer, and enthusiastic home baker and cook. As an educator, she teaches multimedia and web development at both the senior high and college level. On the side, she writes and edits textbooks, writes AVP scripts, manages clients’ social media accounts, designs websites for clients, and writes on her lifestyle blogs about family, health, pets, and cooking. At home she is the resident “chef” and enjoys trying out simple to complicated recipes every day for her family to enjoy from available ingredients – baked, fried, steamed, stewed, grilled, broiled – she likes to do them all. Making dishes from scratch is something she loves to do. She also likes experimenting and creating new dishes by building on ready-to-eat dishes that can be bought at supermarkets and groceries.

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