02 August 2015

Last Night I Became A Vegetarian...

My relationship with meat has always been a rocky one; I'm fussy and un-trusting. I often don't enjoy meat dishes and rarely finish them. I thought going down the organic route was the answer, but this is really expensive and what's the point if I'm not fully enjoying it? I often feel like a hypocrite, banging on about cruelty-free beauty and household products, yet still being a meat-eater.

Last night we had a Chinese takeaway. I enjoyed it, but finally came to the realisation and conclusion that it made complete sense for me to become a vegetarian. And so I am going cold turkey, as it were. I was trying to think of the dishes I would miss most, but to be honest, I couldn't really think of any. Just think of all the money we'll save! I can't see Dean ditching meat anytime soon, but I'll be giving him lots of encouragement!

I feel like this is completely the right move for me, as it fits in perfectly with the rest of my lifestyle choices. I'm looking forward to discovering more and more delicious vegetarian dishes! I doubt I'll ever go vegan - I love cheese far too much for that - but I do always buy organic dairy products where possible, and I also enjoy dairy substitutes such as Vitalite and coconut milk.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on what you think the definition of a cruelty-free lifestyle is. Also, any tips for a vegetarian newbie would be deeply appreciated!

10 comments:

  1. Such a great decision, good luck! I'd say always have some veggie frozen food in the freezer for emergencies and busy days, bean burgers or something like that, but also try new things. It's easy to try and replace the meat part of old favorite meals, and sometimes this is great and tasty! But don't be afraid to try new things too. Things like tofu are great if they're seasoned properly, but if you just cook it like a slab of meat it's rather boring! Most importantly, don't be too hard on yourself :) xo

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    1. Thank you, Lucianna! I'm pretty excited about it. Thanks for your tips! :) xxx

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  2. I have been eating meat only once a week for months now and it really suits, sometimes it is not even that. I do like meat but it is the sustainable environmental issue for me that makes me want to eat none (cannot do it as yet but cutting down to once a week is a great achievement for me). I eat a lot of veg curries and salads and pasta with veg sauces, veg sandwiches etc. I've got a meat eater boyfriend as well so when cooking I just do the meat separately.
    Well done and as Lucianna said, don't be too hard on yourself!
    xx

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    1. That's great that you've managed to cut down so much, Elli! I'm really looking forward to trying different recipes - vegetable curry may become a frequent one! Thanks for stopping by. :) xxx

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  3. Exciting news!
    I've been thinking about going vegetarian too recently. I'm definitely going to eat far less meat when I go back to uni - don't know if I'll jump in cold turkey like you! :) x

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    1. Thanks, Emily! That's a great start, good luck! :) xxx

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  4. Interesting post Emma! Nice to hear your thoughts on not eating meat. I’m not a vegetarian but my close family have all started eating a lot healthier and cutting fatty foods. We tend to eat a lot of pasta, vegetables, fish etc. I’m sure there will be a lot of vegetarian options for you try out, you could maybe do a recipe dish post or something? I like the point you made about how what you eat is a lifestyle choice and I think it’s great you encourage cruelty free! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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    1. Thank you, Helen! I'll definitely be posting any great recipes I discover. :) xxx

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  5. This was a really interesting post - I'd be curious to know where this journey takes you! I've tried been a vegetarian (and even vegan!) but found that eating organic meat a couple of times a month worked better. But I fully support a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, I think it's a more modern and eco friendly way to live. I really enjoy reading these more personal posts. xx

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    1. Thank you, Kate, I'm really happy with my decision. :) I think organic is definitely the way to go if you are a meat-eater, plus cutting down as you have done. Hopefully I'll discover some delicious dishes I can blog about! xxx

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