Why I stopped my vegetarian fasting

My mother had always cautioned my sisters and I about not eating any vegetables during our post-natal period because vegetables are ‘cooling’. However, we have modernised and we did eat certain vegetables. All the while, I never really believe this thing call ‘cooling’ and ‘heaty’.

However, I have to finally believe that there is some truth in old folks’ myths. Last few weeks, I had a very bad chest infection and no matter what I do, it just refused to budge. I am highly allergic to anti-biotics and can only take one very strong antibiotics. So, after taking all the Western and Chinese cough syrups and not seeing any results, I decided I have enough. I can’t sleep, got no voice, suffered from really bad cough and had thick green phlegm which indicates it is ‘cooling’ type of infection.

I told myself I am not getting enough protein to heal myself. Protein is very important for healing. So, I went back to eating meat again. True enough, I recovered really fast after that. Today, my voice is back to normal and I haven’t have those racking coughs for several nights already.

veggie lamb burger

While my children were having Barbee Burger (homemade pork burger), I had to satisfy my cravings with vegetarian lamb burger. The above burger does look good but it is made of soya beans.

veggie lamb burger

All the soya beans gave me winds in the stomach too. Now, I am back to eating meat, prawns, fishes and I have mood for cooking again.

So, yeah, this year, I dropped out of vegetarian fasting due to health reason. No big deal because it is not a compulsory thing where my faith is concerned.

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

10 thoughts on “Why I stopped my vegetarian fasting


    (March 26, 2009 - 9:30 pm)

    Barbee???!!!! NICE!!!! LOL


    (March 26, 2009 - 9:49 pm)

    Wow… Looks so yummy!!!


    (March 27, 2009 - 10:47 am)

    hmmm you’ve brought up a good point abt vegetables being too cooling. actually i’m quite worried abt my mom who has decided to become a vegetarian for life. i have told her not to take too much soya/soy products. so far she is doing ok.

    and that vegetarian lamb burger looks good!! 🙂


    (March 27, 2009 - 11:30 am)

    I also have to be careful about the vegies I eat because of cooling effect. I tend to avoid chinese cabbage.

    Erina Law

    (March 27, 2009 - 3:36 pm)

    Another thing about eating soya products – for those who had got acid urine, this have to be avoid.


    (March 28, 2009 - 5:33 pm)

    May i know what camera you are using in regards to photos in your food blog? I am doing a personal survey before buying a new camera as current photos in my blog kinda sucks, i am using a 5-years-old Pentax Option4S. Thanks for your help

    kindly email me back possible


    (March 29, 2009 - 1:15 am)

    Vivien – Over the years of this blog, I have many many cameras – two DSLRs and four point and shoot. From RM700 Pentax M20 to Nikon D40 with some super kickass macro lens that can costs up to RM2.6K just for the lens alone. But the more expensive the camera is, the less I use it. So, it doesn’t really matter what camera we use ‘cos first it must meet our budget and second we must be able to make the best of it. Most professional photographers will tell us, it is not the camera, it is the cameraman. So, don’t waste too much time surveying, just go with your budget and take the one that you are most satisfied with. Good luck!


    (March 30, 2009 - 12:16 pm)

    Barbee??? Hahahaaaa..i thought it was barbie..

    T.L Ong

    (March 30, 2009 - 9:00 pm)

    Hope you are feeling better now. Take care and God bless


    (April 14, 2009 - 12:58 pm)

    For years I don’t understand the warming, cooling food. And last year learn about neutral food. coz i was looking how to improve my son’s health thru simple food. check Cheng Foo Seng on Heal Thyself book – after reading, it’s easier to recognise food category as he mentioned. i think available in kinokuniya and mph

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