Good morning guys! Today, I’m bringing something a little different to the blog. Something I don’t talk about that much, my diet. My diet fluctuates between healthy and unhealthy almost daily (as I’m sure we can all agree on our own!), and as much as I find it encouraging and easy to eat great, healthy food during the warmer seasons – when we’re battling our way through Winter (which this year seems to have crept through April – it’s only just warming up now in May!) the cold air and bitter wind makes me crave nothing but comfort food and carbs.
18 months ago, I was still eating meat – but tiring of the repetitive nature of my diet. My family and I found that we were just eating the same 4 meals in rotation, from meaty pasta to chicken curry with nutritious vegetables few and far between. Because of this, we came to an agreement that for the final months of 2016, we would start eating all-vegetable meals on the weekend in an effort to branch out and try different things. We stocked up on vegetables we had never tried, scoured for recipes we hadn’t ventured into and fell in love with mixing and matching vegetables that replaced the meat we used and reused our entire lives.
A few months passed, and at the beginning of 2017, I decided that I didn’t want to eat meat anymore, and instead considered making the transition to pescetarianism. For those who don’t know, pescetarianism is the diet of cutting out all meat except seafood – so I continued to eat fish as a means of protein and essential nutrients while continuing my love of trying and exploring all the different fruits and vegetables I could get my hands on!
I thought that this diet was perfect for me, I was feeling better day after day that I wasn’t eating meat – and I had struck up the perfect balance between eating vegetables and eating fish. Around March 2017 though, I started to feel guilty for eating fish. Food guilt is a strange thing because I had gone my entire life without feeling guilty for eating meat, but once I had made distinct measures to cut meat from my diet, I felt bad that I had allowed myself to continue eating fish while shunning the other meat options for various reasons.
I just want to jump in here and say that I’m not in any way trying to preach, and I don’t disagree with anybody else who continues eating meat – I’m only talking about my own journey and the emotions that I felt within myself while going from a meat eater to a vegetarian.*
I was scared, though. I had built up the idea of going vegetarian in my mind and was worried that without fish I wouldn’t be able to sustain my appetite and would fall back into eating anything and everything I could get my hands on. My birthday came and passed, and I eventually decided that I was going to push the boat out and cut fish out of my life, too. This decision required me to do a bit of research, as transitioning from somebody that eats meat to someone relying on vegetables meant that I was giving up quite a chunk of nutrients that I was getting from the meat I had been eating.
This also meant that I had to make a few runs to the supermarket to stock up on vitamin and mineral tablets to replace these nutrients, as it’s super important that you’re getting a balanced mix in certain amounts that you can’t always get from vegetables.
A year has now passed (and two months, too) since I became vegetarian, and not once have I looked back. Within the first month, any and all cravings went away for meat, and the only thing that I miss (because of my silly sweet-tooth) is gummy sweets that contain gelatine. Luckily for me, Marks & Spencers stock veggie Percies – which taste as good, if not better, than any gelatine sweet ever has. I think my skin has even cleared up, and I’ve found a new way to appreciate each season as different vegetables come in and out of availability.
My entire life I had the opportunity to incorporate vegetables into my diet while also eating meat, but personally I just never bothered. If I had, I might never have become a vegetarian – because this all stemmed from me feeling ‘bored’ and wanting to experiment with food and flavours.
As always, thank-you so much for reading today’s post, I’d love to know what your favourite vegetables are in the comments, and whether or not you are/or would ever consider going pescetarian or vegetarian!? If you’re interested in reading more of my personal posts, you can check them all out here. And, if you’d be interested in vegetarian food posts, I’d love to do a few of them, too!
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