MY MONTH AS A VEGETARIAN

I'm not usually the type of person to post 'update' posts on the blog, but this year I finally achieved something which I've been meaning to push myself to do for years and I'm really proud of myself that I've finally transitioned and stuck to it! In August, I became a vegetarian. Yay! I can already hear the sighs of people who have been a vegetarian for 18 years thinking to themselves 'you're proud of yourself for one month?' But we all have to start somewhere, right?

I've been meaning to become vegetarian since I was about 16, when I first started consciously thinking about the impact my diet was having on the planet. I always told myself 'I'll do it one day.' But when I was a kid, I pretty much just ate what was put on a plate for me. It felt too difficult to ask everyone around me to provide me with alternatives to the foods that they were eating. I've never eaten much meat throughout my life, because in all honesty, I've never enjoyed the taste of it - but I was still eating it.

Then came uni. I think I could probably claim the title for the laziest student cook of all time. Ready meals? Yup. Super noodles? Definitely a good dinner choice. Anything that can go in the oven with minimal effort? Yes please. Despite the fact that I was often too poor and too lazy to afford/cook meat, I still didn't make the transition because it didn't feel easy. I know, poor excuse. So I continued to opt for chicken super noodles instead of plain ones and Mcdonald's instead of home cooked meals.

But now I'm out of uni and I'm at the stage where I have no excuses left. I knew that I didn't want to be eating meat anymore and I felt like an awful person for the fact that I hadn't made the transition yet. I'd already decided to go completely cruelty free with my makeup months before and I felt like a bit of a hypocrite for not going all the way with it.

So, in August I took the plunge, woke up one morning and decided I was going cold turkey (literally?) No more meat.

I've been a vegetarian for a little over a month now and honestly, I think it's been one of the easiest things I've ever had to give up. I was really worried that I was going to miss meat or wouldn't know what to cook for myself each evening, but come on guys... it's 2017! Do you know how many meat free alternatives there are in your standard local supermarket now? Because I sure didn't.

There are a lot of common myths that I've already realised are rubbish in my first month of being a vegetarian. 'Won't you miss burgers?' 'What will you order when you go out for dinner?' 'Don't you feel jealous of people eating meat?' 'You're like, totally going become anaemic.'

In all honesty, going out for dinner this last month has been a lot more fun, because I've tried things on the menu which I never would have tried had I still been a meat eater. Yes, you have to stop eating beef burgers, but halloumi and mushroom burgers are just as heavenly. Yup, you won't be able to order Chicken Katsu at Wagamama anymore, but there's a whole menu beyond that restaurant favourite which is vegan, and just as damn good.

Also, I was anaemic before I gave up eating meat (like I said, laziest cook/eater ever), so now that I'm actually focusing more on what I put into my body, I'd say I have less chance of becoming ill from my food choices!

I spent the longest time telling myself 'I love animals and I care about the planet and one day I will become veggie, but right now it's too hard.' I passively ate meat because I felt like it was the easiest choice. But becoming veggie has been so much fun and I've actually fallen a little more in love with food again.

I definitely don't want this to come across as a preachy post, because I spent 22 years as a meat eater and wasn't having any of it when people told me to stop. However, why not try a month or a week meat free? I can't see myself ever going back to eating meat after this last month and I feel like not doing so has made me feel like a much more conscious person, not to mention that I've been so much happier and have felt like a better person for it. Why not set yourself the challenge?


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  1. I love this post, it is so interesting to read. And I totally agree, we all have to start somewhere! x

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  2. I cut out meat at the start of the year and definitely found it much easier than I thought! You're right about there being so many alternatives once you start looking and definitely agree that eating out has been more adventurous! Loved this post x

    heart-autumn.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for reading, Emma! I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying it and finding it easy too!x

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  3. I do exactly what you used to and say that "one day" I'll stop eating meat. I always find an excuse, whether it be because I'm drunk or because my parents have cooked me something. Honestly it's just lack of willpower. Hopefully one day I'll copy you and go cold turkey, because I don't really need meat at all.

    Good post (always always!!)

    Becca www.becloumar.com

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    1. Thanks so much for reading, Becca! You should definitely try it! Hopefully you'll find it easy when you do!x

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  4. I am so happy for you - thank you so much for raising awareness in regards to how easy it is to make this transition with all the meat-free alternatives out there. And I can definitely agree with that all of us have to start from a certain point and I always roll my eyes at people who say stuff along the lines of 'WELL I've been a zero waste vegan for fifty years..' because even people who do meat-free Monday are doing more for the planet/ the animals than most others. Loved reading this post girl! x

    maria | http://whatismaria.com

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    1. Thanks so much for reading, Maria! I completely agree with you - every little change that someone makes in their diet can help the planet in some way!x

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  5. I turned vegetarian two months and like you, it was genuinely one of the easiest things, I've ever done! There's so many meat free options in this day and age, and it's really easy to get enough protein (often a misconception)! Well done, in the least patronising way, for making a change which has benefitted you so much!

    Bekki / www.filler-chapters.com x

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    1. I'm glad to hear that you found it as easy as I did, Bekki! Thanks for reading!x

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  6. This is a really interesting read, it's lovely to hear that you're enjoying vegetarian life! I took a while to make the transition as well, and like you I found it a lot easier than I was expecting. Definitely one of the best decisions I've made xx

    Toasty

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    1. Thanks for reading Beth! I agree, one of the best things I've done this year xx

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