Well I realized the bane of being a strict vegetarian three weeks back when my blood reports came, I had an abysmally low level of Vitamin B12 (only 96) in the body – a condition with a fancy term – ‘Pernicious Anaemia’.
Well atleast the result explained lots of things like:
– Tingling of nerves in arms and legs
– Sore Tongue
– Mood Swings
– Imbalance (! Yes I crashed many times)
– Poor Concentration Levels
I was quiet sad to know this. I have been a vegetarian all my life and left eating eggs when I was just 5 or 6 may be. I also have a strange allergy to them – I develop a rash and feel itchy! Experienced the wonderful allergy when in one training session they didn’t bothered about catering for veggies and I had to unconvincingly eat a spinach quiche which had eggs in it. Minutes later I was scratching myself cruely.
Well, the doctor in the next appointment told me to start eating meat, so did my manager. And I was like whoa is it really easy to change your food habits in one day! I am ready to take shots and pills and whatever it takes but I am still not ready to change my mind completely.
I still think its unfair to eat meat and poultry and sea food. Given a chance I can also go for a vegan diet (no matter what I’d have to give up dairy as well – but then yeah!!). I can not eat meat -I just can’t. I don’t get that feeling from inside.
When I see meat – I imagine cute animals being slaughtered and served on a platter with carrots, beans and onions – cute piglets, little fishies and a cuddly lamb or a innocent calf!
I have always been an exception in the Kayastha clan of ours. A clan which is hard core non veg fan. Mumma had to always make something special like paneer for me whenever non veg was made (pretty regularly). I don’t know how and why I was an exception but my mum does recollect that I use to love mutton chops and eggs when I was 2 or 3. But then after I just left eating it. Never liked it at all. The aunts (buas and mamijis) always passed a comment to my mum – ‘your daughter will get married to a Jain’.
20 years later, I married a Jain !!!!! Who is a hardcore meat lover and loves his ham and bacon and sausages!!!
During our dating period I tried my best to start eating non veg as I was moving to NZ. I tried chicken and liked it as well but then again gave up! I just can’t bring my mind to start eating it. Though I still taste the gravy sometimes to identify the aromatic spices and the chilly factor.
Its been too painful. The shots are damnnnnnnnnnnnnnn painful and make my whole arm numb. I get very irritated at minor things and feel nauseated.
It’s a course of 6 injections, then after the supplement pills will start.
Anupam’s been a great support taking me to the med labs and medical centre, holding me while the nurse comes with the weapon of mass irritation. I hold him tightly and dig my long nails inside his flesh till the nurse comes and puts a bandage on.
I hate my health life right now!
PS. Going for Ind v/s All Blacks ODI tomorrow at Eden Park – watch me on screen.