Within the last couple of months I have had an extreme amount of changes within my life and pressure. Which in some way is good. Humans need to move forward and develop. However, my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died pretty much within a month (or there about). This was a big shock to my mum and I. There are so many words and feelings that are in me constantly since this has happened and I feel like I want to talk about it but whenever I try, nothing comes out. I have decided to learn from this situation and to make changes within my life, so that I have something to distract me, or to drive me on from it. I learnt an incredible amount from my dad, one thing was that if you want something or to do something, do not hold back. Do what you want. SO, to what this blog post is actually about….being a vegetarian. So lets take a stroll down my vegi path.
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a vegetarian, when I was younger I think it was more to be difficult with my mother. An act of defiance, with a little bit of caring for animals mixed into the motivation. However it has never quite stuck. I’ve always caved in, forgotten and pigged out on bacon. Pardon the pun. This has been a recurring pattern in my life. There has been many times where I have tried and failed. Over the past 9 months I have cut down more and more on meat. Going out to restaurants and ordering the vegi option.
I am a bit of an eco warrior, being brought up by a mother who loves to recycle I have always been interested in humans impact upon the world. Due to this, I have educated myself within my spare time and to relax after uni. I have started to understand the environmental impact of eating meat on the scale that humans do. Cynicalism is a part of my personality so I have a tendency to believe that humans are a tad bad and are going to f-up the world. Anyhow, through educating myself, wanting change in my life and having very supportive friends that (some are vegis) that have given me recipes and pointers. I have been a vegetarian for over a month. I have grabbed the bull by the horns and am holding on for dear life. I won’t bore you with all of the facts, figure and graphs as I know it isn’t for everyone. However if you are interested I would definitely advise you to take a look into it all. As previously mentioned I have been a vegetarian for over a month now, so I thought I would share with you what I have learnt and noticed.
- McDonald’s vegi burgers are not good. Not good at all. But alas! There are delicious alternatives within good ol’ Maccy Dee’s. (This was a tip from my cousin) Order a Big Mac, no meat meal and put the fries in the burger. Honestly, still very tasty and very quick if you’re in a rush or just feeling lazy and some fast food. Plus as a little bonus, they nearly always do mozzarella or chilli cheese nacho bites (or whatever they’re called) which are great.
- There are so many things that have meat products in that you would have never of thought! Seriously guys, so many. For example, did you know that Guinness isn’t suitable for vegetarians. I’m not going to go super in depth with this but it is worth looking up. As someone who is just starting my journey as a vegetarian I’m not too worried about everything that contains animal products. (When I say animal products I mean actual animals and not milk, honey, etc)
- At first I lost a little bit of weight. Not eating so much meat meant that I was eating much more vegis, which is brilliant! I do try to stay away from the processed substitute “meats” but they are delicious and sometimes I really just don’t care.
- I have been eating a lot more cheese. As many restaurants have limited options for vegetarians what they offer is pretty much cheese, halloumi burgers, cheesy vegi lasagna, more cheesy burgers, much more cheese. Which can help you put on that weight you may have lost initially.
- I kind of feel really proud of myself. I love animals and educating myself about the effect on the environment and them has made me feel happier about myself and my actions. Now I sit in bed and watch videos of animals for hours and think about how I’m not eating them and how that is a good thing.
Overall I feel a lot better for becoming a vegetarian, I can not see myself going back as I have many times previously. I am anaemic so I do take vitamins and supplements, however if your diet allows you so then I would recommend it to anyone, you can do it! (If you’re interested in it that is.)
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Have a good day/evening my lovelies x x x