WEEK 1: GOING VEGETARIAN SO FAR

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I haven’t spoken about this over social media yet but a week ago Isaac & I decided to go vegetarian (I’ll go into why later in this post). I thought I’d jump on here and do a little write up on how it’s going. I’ve called this ‘week one’ however I’m unsure how often there will be an update. Let’s jump in.

 

Why the change?
So this isn’t a post telling you to go vegetarian or vegan or to give up meat altogether but more so about my experience. For the past 6 months I haven’t been enjoying meat. The texture and taste just hasn’t been getting me excited (apart from bacon…) therefore we’d be eating 3 meals out of the week as a vegetarian dish. I also did a brief stint with no meat for about a week a couple of months ago with Isaac still cooking meat. And that was hard. I guess because we were eating different meals to each other… It just felt forced. Then we were driving down the highway last week and I saw a huge truck full of crates with chickens squished in and they looked so scared. I can feel you guys laughing at me, and as I typed this I’m smiling because I know that my reaction is drastic, but I just didn’t like seeing that. Once we were home I said to Isaac I want to seriously try this vegetarian thing and he, as always, was supportive. The next day I went and bought another vegetarian cookbook. At this point I didn’t realise Isaac wanted to give it a go with me but as we discussed it further he adid which made me SO excited because it is really tough doing it in a household where others are eating and cooking meat (even though I think this time around I would’ve done it). Isaac has always enjoyed meat but he loves cooking so he would like to learn how to cook vegetarian meals more. We both are guienely interested on how the change will affect our bodies and how we feel as well.

 

Week one experience
The week just gone is the first week we’ve gone vegetarian and honestly I was sick for 3 days of it so I lived off toast and vegetable stock with noodles in for those three days. For those of you who don’t know we do a comprehensive meal plan every Sunday for the week ahead and have done for almost a year now. It just means we do one big shop, although now we’re eating vegetables more we may need to split it into two shops we’ll see, and it saves us alot of money. Isaac still ate everything we’d planned, taking the leftovers to work instead of his usual meat sandwich. I found the transition pretty easy. When I was sick I craved the chicken noodle soup Isaac usually makes for me but the vegetable one was great and I couldn’t taste much anyway!

One of my main concerns with going vegetarian was the fear that I wouldn’t feel fully satisfied after a meal. I don’t know why. I just felt like without meat meals wouldn’t feel as hearty. Boy was I wrong! I don’t think once I was left feeling unsatisfied after my meal. We’ve been eating alot of quinoa, eggplants, sweet potato and lentils so I guess they’re pretty filling foods!

 

Why not vegan?
I have a feeling I might get a few questions in the comments why we’re not going vegan and honestly it’s just unrealistic for us. Isaac will never go vegan (he doesn’t believe it) but maybe one day I will… After all I don’t consume much diary at the moment anyway. One of our pet hates are people who preach veganism and their beliefs onto others – like they know it all. Although I respect those who choose to go vegan I still feel funny about it. Where do you draw the line? You may choose not to wear real leather but the pleather jacket you buy in it’s place maybe made in a factory in China where the working conditions aren’t great. So for now veganism isn’t on the cards and we’re happy just trying our best of vegetarian. Of course, share your opinions below in the comments.

 

We’re also going to be doing a weekly vlog once our camera arrives over on our Youtube channel so we’ll share more of what we eat on that.

 


Are any of you vegetarian? Any tips or favourite resources for us to look at?


 

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20 Comments

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    Welcome to the club! I’ve been a veggie for 8 years. It’s so funny because I thought being veggie would limit what I was eating but it actually opened up a world of unknown foods that I’d never bothered to try before!

    I also think it’s smart not to go straight into veganism (if you ever at all). It’s a lot harder than being veggie. I’ve tried and failed. Now I just try to eat vegan whenever I possibly can. Good luck!

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      Thanks Lisa! It was too much of a change for me personally but more so for Isaac being such a big meat eater. So far it’s been really fun though :) xxx

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    I’ve been vegetarian for about 3 years now and I really didn’t feel any different and for me personally I didn’t find it difficult at all. Most of my close friends are vegetarian or vegan and the only people who were really bothered by it were my parents but I just cook for myself now. It’s funny how personally people can take your decision about what you want to eat so be prepared for a lot of people to ask you why you’re vegetarian or to give you shit for it. I basically respond with “I don’t mean this in rude way but if I decide to eat a steak tomorrow then I will because I don’t have to justify what I eat to anyone but myself, but I don’t want to so I’m not going to.”

    Anyway you should definitely check out Quorn products (in the frozen section) and the fake meats that are in the fridge section of supermarkets, I really enjoy them and you can make lots of similar meals using meat substitues. I also eat eggs a lot and Asian grocery shops often have different types of tofu and fake meats and veggie dumplings. I would have plenty of variety if I wasn’t lazy and didn’t stick to the same handful of dishes all the time, haha. Also if you ask me haloumi is bacon for vegetarians!

    jessica – littlehenrylee.com

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      My parents are super supportive thank goodness because my Mum was vego for probably 5 years when I was growing up and I also don’t live at home which makes it easier. We’ve both already found people give you shit for it.. Especially Isaac which annoys me but I guess it’s just one of those things.

      Thank you for the recommendation with the Quorn products! We bought a bunch to try because they’re currently on sale so we went crazy lol. x

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    I understand going vegetarian, though vegan is taking it a bit far, because it’s not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle. And they love to preach about veganisum. XD

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      Most do don’t they? Super annoying but I know plenty of vegans who you wouldn’t even know were vegan. I just wouldn’t know where to draw the line.

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    Glad that you are enjoying the lifestyle change. I think you should do whatever you feel comfortable with as long as you are still getting enough nutrients for your body and that you feel satisfied. Yes, people preaching anything is annoying. It’s like we get it… but don’t force it on everyone else.

    xo Kat @ Katness

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    Good on you! I can take or leave meat most days, but for me, I don’t think I’d ever commit to being a full time vegetarian.
    thebeautybloss.com

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      Thanks lovely! I was the same before deciding to cut it out completely.. I think at Christmas will be the test for me but we’ll see what happens :)

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    Good on you lovely!!! My partner has been a vegetarian for many years, he recently became a pescatarian as his body wasn’t getting enough vitamins and was constantly sick. Although I am not a vegetarian, I am highly supportive of the movement and have quite strong views regarding the ethical reasoning behind vegetarianism. if people feel that can’t kill or watch an animal being killed for it’s flesh and get upset when they see a baby pig being humanely killed to make their suckling pork then they probably shouldn’t eat meat?! Growing up I watched and helped my grandmother raise and kill our own chickens. It really drains me when i attend food events and hear people squirm when they see a whole dead animal on the plate. I blame companies and productions for the generalised detatchment and treating or “advertising” meat as packaged food rather than something from an animal. Sorry about the rant!!!

    Lily not Louise

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      Thanks Lily! Isaac wanted me to say that your comment was his favourite on this post. I definitely agree with what you’re saying. I think I was detached from it growing up which is so wrong. Isaac’s Mum actually took her kinder kids for wan excursion to all the shops in our hometown and when they got it to the butcher alot of the kids didn’t believe her when she said the animals hanging up were the ham they put in their sandwiches – it’s so crazy! Whether you eat meat or not it’s still important to be educated and to teach the next generation where food comes from.

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    Sarah, you’re reaction wasn’t drastic and definitely isn’t something for people to laugh at. It’s a reaction I would hope anyone would have. People don’t make the connection between the meat (or dairy or egg) and the animal. My train station used to have cows sitting out in the sun for hours (my friend to use catch a train at 5am and they were already there, I’d catch a train at 2pm and they were still there with no intention to move) with no room to move, nothing to eat or drink. As a meat eater at the time that frustrated me, imagine being like that in the blistering Summer sun. No thank you.

    When I went vegan I told my partner I would no longer allow any animal product in the fridge, not because I wanted to force him into being vegan too, he still eats meat when we go get takeout and I have no issue with that, I did it because I pay for groceries and I can’t allow my money to go toward an industry I believe to be so cruel.

    You should look into other milks other than dairy milk. Soy milk happens to be my favourite.

    And if you have any questions, speak up girl! I’ll always help even if they are just about being vegetarian, doesn’t need to be on veganism as I understand it isn’t realistic for you two.

    And no, not trying to force anything on anyone AT ALL. A lot of vegan people need to remember where the majority of us came from and understand how hard cutting animal product was hard for some of us. Any progress in not consuming animal is amazing. <3

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      Oh and as for the part on China, you just have to do what you can to help those people. Signing petitions, helping fundraisers or being educated on how and where your clothes are actually made.

      There is no such thing as a perfect vegan, it’s about causing the least damage to the earth and it’s inhabitants.

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