I’ve spent the majority of my adult life as a vegetarian. It was sometime in college that I made the switch and for over two decades I have followed that course. I was for short time a vegan but most of the time I was lacto-ovo vegetarian.
Lacto-ovo just means you can eat dairy and egg products which makes being a vegetarian especially for a single male many years ago and not one to cook much…. not that hard. When eating out you can usually find something that falls within that boundary and these days you could eat out being a vegan here in chicago with just a little effort.
I was married in korea and have been there 3 times and all during that time as a vegetarian. Since we have now passed December it has been two years since I had to have a major surgery that shook my life …..well it was my very first surgery and all though the end result is fine it made me wake up that I wasn’t in the best of shape or overall health.
Being a vegetarian does not mean your eating healthy and doesn’t equate to forcing you to get off your butt and exercise. But whatever your viewpoint is on the matter of what you eat for myself I decided to take a broad look at my diet and health.
It took awhile and it started with chicken salad sandwiches while I stayed in the hospital two years ago and after much investigation I find myself following a paleo type diet now. The first thing I did two years ago was to start giving up processed foods, sugar and all the crap that is found in so many places in the american diet. The list of ingredients on so many items once you start googling what they are make you totally start thinking to yourself what the heck am I putting in my body.
But it’s been only in the last half of 2016 that I started eating 불고기. It was a slow start but now this past weekend I went to H-Mart here in chicago (korean supermarket) and bought some kobe beef and pork 불고기 all by myself. The wife usually does the shopping at H-Mart but I wanted some 불고기 for new years eve so she told me to go get some and being a vegetarian all these years it’s not like I know how to buy meat very well.
Kobe beef I’ve heard about before that it is supposed to be good beef from like japan or something and I found some and the section that had other 불고기 type meats. Not too bad this New Year’s eve and since I was eating it on lettuce leaves that for sure falls under low carb classificiation also.
I’m am slowing starting to discover korean dishes that I like but have never touched before and even though I would say I am a picky eater….I am finding them. When we go back to korea in 2018 it will be for sure a totally different experience at least in terms of eating in Korea.
I look forward to trying 불고기 dishes and even beer and chicken places in korea which I have heard are very good but have not tried any the next time we make it over there. Can’t wait to have some soju and bbq 불고기 at some korean restaurants!