One man’s meat is another man’s paneer?

Ever since I turned vegetarian, somehow it is assumed that paneer is the pinnacle of my ordering power at any Indian restaurant.

“Oh, you don’t eat meat? No issues, paneer hai na!”

Arre, I don’t want to eat paneer. There are many other dishes that whet my appetite, and paneer is not one of them.

I have been a non-vegetarian, and on the other side of the table, so I understand where they are coming from. But no, I am not missing anything by not eating meat, in fact, it has been a much better experience!

My sleep patterns have improved, more alertness and less sluggishness during the day, and better thinking, breathing and a lightness after I’ve had a meal. What more can I ask for?

Food is a choice. One does not miss anything by not eating meat (or chicken or fish). But those who eat meat – it’s a choice that they make and I respect that. And I do expect that they respect my choices too.

Vegetarianism, and more lately veganism, is seen as a trend, a hep thing to do. If you make a choice, it’s better to make an informed one. Not just because your favorite celeb decided to ditch meat, or dairy. Find out what works (or doesn’t) for you, and then stick to it. Simple:)

And no, paneer is no substitute for meat. But what about plant-based meat? A lot of startup experimenting in that space, even if it sounds like an oxymoron. Maybe something to try out!

See you tomorrow…