New Zealand Surfing - - FIRSTS - CHEWHITTAKER

My first slab of bar­be­cued steak af­ter be­ing a vego for 18 years was like gnaw­ing on a car tyre.” I was brought up a vego, mainly due to what my par­ents put on the ta­ble and their be­liefs on nat­u­ral health and killing an­i­mals. Be­ing a vego is a broad term; most peo­ple and friends would as­sume you are weird (prob­a­bly am) and asked the same ques­tion over and over, “So if you don’t eat meat, what do you eat?” “What are Mung beans?” I won­dered what the hype was all about and ev­ery­one telling me how good and tasty it is! I didn’t re­ally de­cide to eat meat, though sort of started by de­fault, most likely the cor­rupt Gizzy crew feed­ing it to me and sev­eral of the younger vego lads (you know who you are!). Meat now hits the ta­ble, not a lot, just when it’s avail­able. I can’t re­ally cook steak, I would rather go out for a meal (when the moths fly out of my wallet) and or­der a Scotch fil­let - gen­er­ally medium-rare. Fish and chicken are tasty, though over­all I mix it up (still mainly veges in­clud­ing grains and su­per foods etc) – bal­ance is good.

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