Let’s Talk About Why I Stopped Eating Meat

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.
Georgia x
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  1. 11th December 2015 / 9:05 pm

    I have been a vegetarian since I was 10 and am so glad that I made the decision. But yeah I eat waaay too much pizza and chips! Just remember to take your vitamins and iron supplements.. I didnt and now developed anemia so not so good

    Eilidh from Velvet Winter

  2. 11th December 2015 / 9:28 pm

    Oh wow, I wish I had been that sure at age 10! Go you! Thanks for the tip, I have been feeling a little more tired than normal which I just put down to Christmas stress but I think it may be lack of iron! xx

  3. 11th December 2015 / 10:21 pm

    This is a big step Georgia and i am totally with you. I am not fully vegetarian and i am very picky when it comes to meat…I love love fruits and vegetables and to be honest i rather have veggie meal than something with meat in it… I am all about healthy living so go girl. xxx

    Ninz/ http://www.ninzbeauty.com

  4. 11th December 2015 / 10:47 pm

    Well done and good luck for you with continuing your journey. For me personally this is something I couldn't do for a few reasons, I can't eat many fruit or vegetables as the texture of many of them makes my physically sick it's annoying as I do like the taste, I like eating meat and many animals would be at risk if they weren't bred to be someone's food. I also can't take certain supplements tablets to make sure I'm getting all my body needs due to medical problems and allergies, I have a seafood allergy so I can't eat anything that swims.

  5. 11th December 2015 / 10:52 pm

    Thank you, I understand your reasons for not being able to adopt this kind of lifestyle change. I seriously can't imagine how difficult it must be to have food allergies, well I'm allergic to a few nuts & some fruit but I end up baking said fruit into cakes or pies which means I can enjoy them. I don't think vegetarianism should be taken lightly and it's one of those things where if able and you have a serious attitude towards it then it will be beneficial to you. Thanks for reading and commenting on my post.

  6. 11th December 2015 / 10:54 pm

    Thank you so much. You know that's how I started out and then just took the plunge and I am loving so many different dishes and the best thing, apart from saving the animals :), is discovering new recipes and delicious dishes to make! And you go girl on your healthy living! Thanks for reading & commenting x

  7. 11th December 2015 / 11:55 pm

    Well done for making your decision. I am a happy meat eater and can't see that changing, but respect others who can take such a big step.

  8. 12th December 2015 / 12:21 am

    Wow well done 🙂 I don't eat much meat because I don't like it but I do love fish so I can't get rid of it from my diet. x

  9. 12th December 2015 / 6:35 am

    I think it's great you're a Vegetarian now! I've been one for 9 years now and I would never go back. I've never had any health problems either. Make sure to have lots of beans and eggs too =)
    Steph x.

  10. 15th December 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Well done for making such a change in your life. I'm not a vegetarian but I absolutely love green cabbage and sprouts, I'm getting quite an addiction!

  11. 15th December 2015 / 1:48 pm

    I rarely eat any meat but I've had anemia for years now. I would love to become a vegetarian but my husband would never do that, so if I do make the decision it will be difficult as we eat most of our meals together!

  12. 15th December 2015 / 1:55 pm

    Great post and super helpful, I'll be taking on the challenge of going vegan for a month in January so it's nice to hear your experiences x

  13. 20th December 2015 / 11:45 am

    In November I made the decision to do a month on a Vegan diet and have stuck to it ever since. Before that I had meat with every meal every day and I thought I would miss it but I haven't. Well done for making the leap x

  14. 20th December 2015 / 1:19 pm

    I'm a meat eater and your post has really made me think about about giving it up. Maybe not all of it straight away but definitely going to reduce it.

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