The Lazy Chef Lunch Club-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
A YEAR ago, Chip Lopez decided to try going meatless. She did it partly because she wanted to prove that she could make the commitment, and partly because her wellness training in the US explained a connection between diseases and animal protein. It wasn’t easy at first to switch to a plant-based diet for burger-eating Chip. But she started experimenting in the kitchen, and found ways to veganize all her favorite dishes. Because she figured out different ways to make vegetables taste good, Chip didn’t feel deprived, and she found herself not missing meat at all. She also noticed that a growing number of people were looking for healthier food alternatives.
Chip decided to start The Lazy Chef Lunch Club to share her newfound excitement for vegetables with people who wanted to be more mindful of what they were eating. She chose to start with lunch in particular, when people are busy and tend to reach for unhealthy food on the go.
Menus in the lunch club change weekly, and one really will not miss the taste of meat with the filling, flavorful and far-from-boring dishes. The Lazy Chef started with a group of four friends. Today, the club has about 70 regular members, who place orders via The Lazy Chef’s Facebook page.
Chip says she has never needed to take medicine since she went vegan, and hopes to someday see Cebu as the wellness capital of the Philippines.
“I’m hoping that Cebuanos do not look at healthy living as a trend or the latest bandwagon, but a paradigm shift,” she says. “I’m hoping for The Lazy Chef to be one of the catalysts for this advocacy of mindful living.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 28, 2013.