Monday, February 1, 2010
Just came back from my lunch time workout at NYSC – it is a bit cleaner, and unless I am getting used to it, less of a smell of body odor. The men’s locker room, however, is just a Petri dish of sweat and stench. The only thing that makes it palatable is that I have this pavlovian reaction as if I am entering my High School locker room - I feel slightly replused, but I feel like I'm 18. So, it is unpleasant smelling, but, hey, it’s a locker room. I can handle it. But it is not Equinox. Things are so cramped that a guy next to me grabbed the guy next to him’s underwear by mistake. Oh, well, good cardio work-out today. Then grabbed lunch at Maoz Vegetarian – a great little sandwich bar that makes falafel in a pita and you can add ingredients.
Remember how I had some golden rules of etiquette in the gym, and I was pretty emphatic about no talking in the steam room? Well, I had to get involved in a conversation yesterday at Equinox. A couple of young guys, early 20’s were talking about the vegan restaurant Candle Café. These were normal young guys, and in great shape – I thought it odd they were talking about vegan food. They didn’t fit the stereotype (although I have found none really exist – more on that later).
One guy was telling his buddy about the sandwich he got at Candle Café (please excuse the vulgarity), “It was a great sandwich, so good, and totally huge. It was a f’ing monster sandwich, dude, and not some pussy vegan sandwich.”
Now, the reason I put in the exact quote is to show you (also what I will address in my 3 Month post), the perception of veganism (wimpy, malnourished, preachy, protein-less, unmanly), and who and why people are becoming vegan (Great health benefits). I started talking to these regular guys and I was shocked that they eat vegan (didn’t find out if they were partial or full time). Guys that age who work out can eat cheese burgers every day and not gain an ounce. The one kid was amazed at my endeavor and thought it was awesome. He talked about taste-buds changing, and even said, “I don’t even like the taste of cheese anymore.” That blew me away since I bet 99% of his friends eat pizza at least a few times a week.
My next post – tonight - will be my analysis of my 3 month anniversary of this vegan quest