Today I wanted to talk to you about something that’s happened very recently. As you can see from the title, I’ve decided to go Vegetarian.
It’s not been too difficult for me as I’ve never been a massive meat eater anyway, Before, all I would eat is Chicken Breast, LEAN Mince Beef, (certain) Sausages, Bacon (fat completely removed), Haddock and Tuna. If I ever got some form of fat or gristle in my mouth, that would be it. I would be able to finish my meal.
The only thing that has ever really put me off going completely vegetarian is actually my Mums Homemade Cottage Pie. (I’m still mourning it – don’t judge me).
I officially became Vegetarian less than 2 weeks ago. It was actually the 27th January. I’d been thinking about it for a while. On Christmas Day, Mum actually made me a stuffed mushroom with Haddock as I didn’t want the Turkey or Ham. In the end, it was a few Documentaries on Netflix that changed my mind completely.
This programme was awful to watch. I spent most of the time in tears. It is a fantastic, well-done documentary but the things people do to the animals that we then consume is absolutely horrendous. This was just one of them. I’ve watched 4 or 5 in the last week and each one has made me cry, made me look at things very differently and made me really think about how I’m living my life.
As a person that was verging on vegetarian anyway, it has been very easy for me to stop eating meat. I’ve found that everyone I have told so far has called me an awkward bugger (as a joke) but been really supportive. When arranging to go out for meals, I’ve been asked which restaurant I prefer and they’ve been checking out the vegetarian options for me.
I’ve always said that I’d never be able to go Vegan because I love cheese too much (specifically, melted!) I still do stand by that. It’s so difficult to go vegetarian and checking out food options everywhere you go. Most restaurants still make it almost impossible to be Vegan. However – I am eating a more plant-based diet. I’ll have almond milk instead of normal milk for example. You can eat a plant-based diet, but not be classed as Vegan. Honey is used a lot to sweeten food, but if you’re vegan, you can’t have it. If you’re on a plant-based diet, you can.
A lot of people chose to change their diets because they want a healthier lifestyle. I’ve decided to go vegetarian and I’m taking it one day at a time. At the minute, I’m not eating Haddock or Tuna, but I may go back to them in the future. I just can’t bring myself to eat it right now.
OTHER PEOPLES OPINIONS
If you’re thinking of going vegetarian/vegan/plant-based, whether it’s for health reasons, because you’re an animal lover or a mixture of both; surround yourself with people who will help you and support you, not judge you. Changing your diet is a choice that only you can make. I would never pressure anyone else into becoming vegetarian and I’m not going to pressure myself to never eat meat again (we aren’t perfect!). So don’t let a meat eater pressure you into trying it again if you don’t want to. Their opinion on the subject of your diet doesn’t matter.
No, before you ask, I’m not giving you any today!
I have found so many places to get some decent recipes though. Just type ‘Vegetarian’ into Instagram and you get a list of people worth following that do amazing food.
- Amazon – again, just type in ‘vegetarian’ and you’ll get a plethora of books to chose from. Some that I recommend are; Niomi Smart, Deliciously Ella & The Happy Pear.
Use social media. It’s there to be helpful, not just to be nosy on other people’s newsfeeds. Haha. Below are just some examples that come up on social media and further down are a few of the recipe books that I recommend.