You should all know by now that I love animals, and am a huge supporter of using cruelty-free beauty products. Going cruelty-free in my usage of beauty f=products has left me with a cleaner conscious. I am also feeling way more informed on the goings on behind-the-scenes of the makings of the beauty products and brands I personally use. I also seem to have a bit of a varied collection of friends at work and just life who are Vegan, Pescatarian and Vegetarian. I have been having many conversations in our downtime at work about values and why they chose that particular lifestyle, whether it was a conscious decision or just an unconscious action. These many chats about animal welfare & rights, eating habits & decisions, and the questioning and challenging of my own values have moved me to make a very conscious lifestyle decision.
Choosing to become Vegetarian
So about 3 weeks ago now I decided that it was time to stop procrastinating my “trial period” of being vegetarian and just do it. I think the real catalyst was the night before when I had disgustingly eaten 5 (maybe more) piece of pepperoni pizza (which I normally never eat). While I was eating the realisation of what I was doing really hit me. For one I had no idea what made me feel the need to consume so much pizza. Plus the fact that it was all meat really just made me feel sick in my stomach. I had already been eating less and less meat up til that day, so after that little episode I made the conscious decision to just stop. This decision has made me feel like the lifestyle I have chosen aligns a lot more with some of my core values. Although I am hoping to make this a lifestyle
Luckily for me I have very supportive friends and family. Although my brothers and some of the chefs at work are a bit skeptical everything has seemed to be going rather smoothly at the moment. Having the support of my family and friends has really been crucial in these past few weeks. One of my best friends eats mainly vegetarians meals at home and has been amazing at suggesting replacements for proteins and iron (and all those other goods things). Mum, of course has been quietly reminding me as to whether I have managed to eat enough protein or iron during the day.
I haven’t really had the time to sit down and make any meal plans with my family yet which has made dinner the past few weeks slightly more difficult than usual. Chickpeas, beans, and spinach have been staples so far so its a good thing I love all of these things. I think what has hit me hardest is not eating chicken breast anymore as that is the one meat that I really liked. I can also say that roast dinners are not the same without the gravy. (If you have any vegetarian gravy recipes, I beg you, please share them with me!!!) I have had a chance to do a bit of research and when I was just starting out this Buzzfeed article was very good at making me aware of some of the things to know before becoming vegetarian.
What are your thoughts on being vegetarian? Do you eat many vegetarian meals at home? If so I would sure appreciate recipe links to your favourite recipes!