I recently become vegetarian. It feels weird writing that, I’ve never labelled my eating habits as anything but well, the “norm”. It seems a lot of people, be it celebs or people I know personally, are adopting a vegetarian or even vegan diets. It has become really popular and that’s a positive observation and I have jumped on the bandwagon.
Over the last year or so I’ve been cutting meat out of my diet, it’s something that’s happened almost accidentally until Halloween when I decided to become a vegetarian. I used to eat meat for every meal when I was in my late teens to early twenties, not that it’s an excuse but I worked for McDonalds, so it was bacon, burgers and chicken nuggets 6 days a week. I’ve always claimed to be such an animal lover even though I was stuffing my face with meat, what a hypocrite eh?
So what began my journey to vegetarianism? When I was pregnant with Rose I went off poultry completely, the smell of it, the texture, it made me vomit and it took a long time once I’d given birth to actually eat it again. But it was never really the same so that was really easy to stop eating. Rose is also the reason I stopped eating red meat. She does not like it, if I put any beef or pork on her plate she’ll pick it out or feed it to Rosso. Cooking separate meals for her meant I got so used to making veggie meals that I then hated cooking meat. Fish was the last thing I gave up and it was hard because I did really enjoy but I thought if I am going to do this no meat thang, then I have to do it properly. Up until Halloween my attitude towards food was purely circumstantial and down to everyone else around me, I then saw a friend had posted a video of pigs being slaughtered and usually I’d skip past something like that but without thinking I clicked play. Immediately after watching about a minute of it I got up and told G “I’m never eating meat again”.
So I guess this is my coming out post, the end of me being a huge carnivore and now realising how disgusting it is. I’m not judging people who still eat meat because I was that person but if you are sitting on the fence and thinking, should I make the leap and stop eating meat, then I urge you to watch a documentary called Earthlings. It’s eye opening to say the least, I spent the entire video crying, to see and hear the pain of a human is one thing, but when you witness a human causing an animal pain and suffering it really changes your opinions about eating meat. Earthlings is not for the faint hearted, it’s graphic and probably the most horrific thing I have ever seen that’s not fabricated.
My experience so far of being a veggie has been positive apart from my mum asking me “where will you get your protein”, I did put on a lot of weight the first week as I saw it as an excuse to just eat pizza and chips. My shopping habits haven’t really changed as we buy fresh and always cook from scratch so I’m never in the dark about what is in my meals. However snacks is something entirely different and I have to take the time to check the label. G has been very supportive and even eats some meals I make, he still buys meat for himself which is fine, I don’t want to become a crazy person and guilt trip him because there are enough loopy vegetarians/vegans out there for me to not be uptight and preachy.
So what food have I been loving since becoming a vegetarian … spinach (on everything), beetroot, cabbage (pickled and non pickled), salad, salad and more salad, stir fry and bean casseroles … I pretty much love food again and I feel really good.