Sam’s take on vegetarianism and the food chain okra

When Sam declared she was going vegetarian and I agreed to support her, I started to do a lot of reading about meatless diets. To start with, a meatless diet is not necessarily healthier than a carnivorous one. A lot of people think that by giving up meat and limiting one’s intake to vegetables, ailments will miraculously disappear and health threats will go down to zero. Not true.

Not that Sam is going vegetarian because of an ailment. Nope. She’s strong as an ox, as the metaphor goes. Neither is she giving up meat to get skinny. Again, nope. Skinny makes her barf. In fact, I asked her once what she’d do if she woke up one morning as skinny as Gwyneth Paltrow. She said she’d kill herself. Metaphorically, of course. There are no religious nor political nor environmental reasons either. She just has an affinity for animals (doesn’t she have how many pets right now?) and she’s at that point when killing them, even for food, makes her feel sick. Sam Veneracion and her pitbull, Astro

We talked about it, actually. Speedy and I are, to this day, firm believers of the food chain. In the natural course of life, the larger and more intelligent animals will consume the smaller and weaker ones for food. That’s life. And we brought that up with Sam.

How could she reconcile that reality with her stand about not killing animals? Choice, she said. Animals don’t have a choice and they have to kill to feed and survive. Man has choice. Okay, fair enough.

And so, on to learning more about vegetarian diets.


  1. crackinthewall says

    Went through that phase once Ms. Connie and it was an interesting experience. My reason for going meatless was far less altruistic. If you want, you can bring her to Pipino in Maginhawa St., Teacher’s Village. You can just go downstairs to Pino if you’d like to order something with meat. There’s also Likha Diwa along Krus na Ligas, QC. I actually prefer the food there over Pipino and Greens in Tomas Morato. There was a good vegan restaurant around UP (Latasia) a few years ago but I heard the owners migrated to Australia.

  2. Tricia Su says

    HI Connie,

    I cannot seem to find your daily blah page, anyway I would want to know what you can say about the Blue Valentine movie? I am just super curious. Thank you.

  3. richard says

    well love for animals would be THE reason to go vegan…..

    my niece went vegan because one of her fave bands passionately spoke about it

    kids these days make smarter choices than us……sometimes

  4. says

    Good for your daughter for standing up for what she believes in! My husband wants to go vegetarian, too, but as for me, I cannot imagine myself doing it just yet. So I’m looking forward to more vegetarian dishes on your site, Ms Connie! :)

  5. tony says

    Connie,i am on the healing diet of Doc Tam Mateo (naturopathic doctor) for one and a half months now due to an ailment.strictly fruits and veggies only sauted in water and brown rice,no vegie meat yet for cholesterol and blood sugar went down. i hope i’m on the right track.i look forward to trying your vegetarian dishes soon perhaps if i get well.thank you so much for all your efforts to provide infos that are beneficial to the public.more power to you!

    • says

      Most people take the easy route with meds and end up getting worse or drug dependent. It sounds good that you’re taking the natural way to get better. :)