|From the desk of Freddie L. Sirmans, Sr. Sept. 17, 2006
I. A sexual reason for becoming a vegetarian.
At the last minute I decided to share my attempt to become a vegetarian. I have been trying to
become a vegetarian for a few years now. At the present I am on course, but I can only hope
it will last. In the past I’ve always fell off the wagon. But, sooner or later I always try again
because of the proven health benefits it personally gives me. My problem is I’ve been a meat
eater all of my life and I just love southern fried chicken.
Just one bite of fried chicken and it won’t be long before I’m off the wagon smacking on fried
chicken almost daily. I decided to share some details of the vegetarian life style I’m currently
on that I developed. Let me warn you, this is not for everyone. One should always first check
with their own doctor for health guidance. Everything I’m saying is my own opinion and I’m
only speaking for myself.
As for me I want to get away from all of the hormones, antibiotics, and other stuff they are
giving the animals on these factory farms. Today, in half the growth time of past years they
are growing chickens the size of a small turkey. There is no doubt about it, I feel much better
and can tell the difference sex-wise and other-wise when I go the vegetarian route. On the
vegetarian program when I cut way back on fats I don’t have to be too concerned about
I’m going to walk through one day in my life as a vegetarian. First, the main thing about being
a vegetarian is how to get the proper amount of proteins? However, I do include dairy
products like eggs and cheese in my eating life style. I keep my intake of cheese very low
because of its sodium contents. That leaves beans, eggs, and nuts as my main source of
proteins. All of my life I’ve enjoyed eating peanuts until the last few years.
Now, I can only occasionally enjoy a few because they upsets my stomach. That leaves
pecans as the only nut I enjoy to keep around to snack on. As for eggs, everyone knows
they are high in cholesterol and should be limited. Beans ends up as a major source of
proteins anytime one doesn’t eat meat. But, there is a problem with beans that causes a lot of
people to leave them alone, especially the elderly.
The gas problem is what causes a lot of people to shy away from beans. What a lot of people
don’t know is ninety percent of the gas in beans is in the liquid. And if you get rid of the liquid
there is not much gas left. However, the liquid is what gives them their seasoning and is
what most people like as a package. Obvious, there is going to have to be a trade off. Let me
inject this, in my cooking I try to cook as salt free as possible.
That is why I prefer to use dry beans and cook them myself. When cooking beans, I cook the
beans in plenty of water until they are completely done, but still firm. Next, I rinse them in
cold water at least three times. Also, I cook natural brown rice the same as the beans, done
and firm with three cold water rinses. Then I mix the brown rice and beans together. Since all
of the liquid is rinsed from the beans the next step is to provide a seasoning.
I use chicken or beef bouillon granules to make a seasoning. I mix two teaspoons of
granules in eight ounces of water then store in refrigerator until needed. Bouillon granules
are very high in sodium so I always use as little mixture as possible on the food. I store
broccoli and cauliflower in my freezer for ready use. For can-goods, I buy the no salt added
I make a mixture of no salt added diced tomatoes, sweet peas, and mushrooms and store in
my refrigerator for ready use. My normal breakfast: I fry one or two eggs using olive oil, then
place on a plate. Next, I put one half cup of old fashion oatmeal in a bowl, add two one half
cups of water, then add one half cup of my vegetable mixture and microwave five to six
minutes. When done, I add some black pepper, some parkay squeeze, then mix and put the
oatmeal on top of the eggs and enjoy.
My normal lunch: I microwave a cup or two of beans and rice, then Season with the bouillon
mixture when done. Sometimes I bypass the sodium mixture and just add a little salt and
parkay squeeze instead. I Place some frozen broccoli and cauliflower in a small pot, add just
a little water and olive oil, then bring it to a short boil for done. Then I enjoy my meal, and to
hell with carbs. Then I pig out on any desert I want, No problem. That’s about It for a day in
my life as a vegetarian, I hope you found it interesting.
About diabetes? In my opinion the biggest problem with diabetes is fat intake. Also, in my
opinion the meat we eat is driving diabetes because of the hormones, antibiotics, and other
stuff they feed the animals. Feeding cows meat products is how mad cow disease got
started. On some of these factory farms there are super microbes out of "The twilight zone"
that can hide in glass, steel, or anything thing known to man.
Nothing can destroy these super bugs. Its not talked about, but, when that much condensed
concentration of waste is in one place it's just too much for the environment to handle,
period. In my opinion when most fat and modern meat are limited, carbs control is not
necessary. When one limit fats and meats one can pop a few chromium tablets daily and pig
out on sweets and carbs if he wants to. I know, I do it occasionally.
Sure, after a big meal with a lot of carbs the blood sugar is going to go up, but it will quickly
drop back down if not much fat is included. It is the fat that keeps it up and it is hard as hell to
get it back down. That is why it takes medication to get it back down. All I’m doing is
speaking my own personal opinion, some people’s body doesn’t even produce insulin, and
there are all kinds of reasons why one should always check with their doctor before trying
To pig out occasionally on deserts and sweets seems to be good for my sole. However,
when I do pig out I mostly choose cinnamon buns or rolls and slap a slice or two of cheese
on. The cinnamon tends to counteract a very high spike in blood sugar level.
"We are what we think and eat." Hallelujah, praise the Lord.
Late entry, October 18, 2006: I decided to add fish and seafood to my vegetarian menu. It
beats falling completely off the wagon again. Wish me good luck.