Hey internet people!
Something that’s been on my mind a lot for the last few months is my diet. I’m not a very big meat-eater and I was thinking a lot about becoming a vegetarian. I know it’s a very controversial subject and one that can cause quite the heated debate but here’s the thing we all need to remind ourselves of. We each have our own lives and what we do with that life is our own individual choice.
Though I was thinking about this since January I have only been a vegetarian for nearly two weeks now. The reasons for this is 1) I wanted to do more research first i.e the variety that would still remain in my diet/the types of vegetarians etc.. and 2) because college was getting busier and I was heading into an intense study period followed by exams. As I have an up/down sort of immune system I really didn’t want to risk getting sick.
So I am what you call a pescetarian. By definition this is a person who eats fish but no meat. I felt this type of vegetarian diet suited me the most. I wasn’t too sure, especially in the beginning, if I could remove fish as well as meat from my diet. I don’t know if this is how I will continue but for now I am eating fish. This sort of diet also includes eggs and dairy products.
So now we’ve got the logistics out of the way I’m going to tell you about my experience so far and some yummy recipes I have found.
I recommend soya milk rather than hazelnut. To avoid getting too watery a texture. Pour your milk into the cup before you add the tea bag and water. For coffee I have really been loving using hazelnut milk. I used to have such an obsession with hazelnut americano’s but when I started getting coffee everyday in college I knew it wasn’t a good idea to get a syrup everyday. This milk is perfect because it’s a healthier way to add more flavour to your caffeine source!
-Get your greens on!-
This is especially important for girls. Because red meat is our main source of iron it’s important to source this elsewhere if you’re a vegetarian. Spinach is high in iron and it’s so easy to cook and goes with SO many dishes. I love chopping up some garlic, melting some butter on a pan and then cooking the spinach till it shrinks and absorbs this good flavour! If you follow many beauty,fashion lifestyle bloggers you’ll know all about the green smoothie hype. This is another great way to boost your nutrient intake and make sure you’re not losing out on any especially iron! So in the morning load up with a spinach, all hail the kale, spirulina and water/milk green smoothie. (Talking about it makes me actually kind of crave one 🙂 )
-Know your munch-
I don’t feel like this is just for vegetarians but everyone. We all eat food so its our responsibility to know what we’re putting into our bodies. I will be the first to admit that I don’t always look at the nutritive/ingredient labels on food packaging. However since becoming a vegetarian I have taken a more keen interest. Luckily I did home economics in school so I do feel I know quite a bit about nutrients and different diets, and I actually find it interesting.
-Pinterest and blogs will become your great companions-
As soon as I made the decision to becoming a vegetarian I scoured pinterest for yummy recipes. The last thing I wanted was to get stuck in a rut as to what to have to satisfy my hunger. Boy did I hit the jackpot. Below are a few of the winners that I found. I have yet to try and cook most of these but when I do I will be sure to report back! It’s also a good idea to look for bloggers who are vegetarians and read up on their experiences and even get some recipe ideas.
It’s important that you understand….
I am not for one minute trying to pressure anyone into becoming a vegetarian. I’m not saying this is the right way to eat/live. This is just what I’m doing and I wanted to share my experience on MY blog.
So please vegetarian hater’s and vegetarians/vegans who say I’m doing it wrong please refrain from leaving a pessimistic comment below. I am not under the impression that I am holier than thou because of my decision. Unfortunately this is a preconceived impression of vegetarians. All I’m doing is trying something new. I might fail and eat a cheeseburger this time next week- who knows! But if I didn’t try I’d always wonder.
So moral of the post- You suck as a human being and are evil if you eat meat so you should go vegan! JUST KIDDING 🙂