AN UPDATE: A YEAR OF BEING VEGETARIAN

 

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Can you believe it’s been over a year since I went vegetarian? Neither can I! I thought I’d do a bit of an update with how it’s been going because I know some people are interested in changing their own lifestyle.

 

In short it’s been going great! It’s been a fairly easy, seamless transition for us and both Isaac and I have really enjoyed eating a vegetarian diet. One of the biggest changes for us during the past year is we now cook separately. We used to cook together however with being vegetarian it’s very to forget just how carb-y legumes can be and although Isaac loves that when I’m trying to get in shape and loose weight it’s not for me. It was a little disappointing for me because I’m not a very good cook so I struggled in the first few months not having Isaac to help me cook things but now I’m much more confident in the kitchen so it’s been really great for me to learn more about food.

 

In the beginning we were eating alot more mock meat, not lots but probably twice a week, now we rarely have mock meat unless it’s for a treat meal on the weekend. The meals we cook now and mostly in bulk so we can cook less. Isaac cooks probably 3 nights of the week and I cook probably 4 because I cannot stand not having variety #diva. I think a big fear of mine was getting bored with a vegetarian diet or craving meat but honestly the thought of meat makes me feel sick and I’m SO not bored with anything I’m eating which has been a huge relief. It sounds funny but I was scared of it ‘being a phase’ and that’s why I think alot of people didn’t take us seriously at the start but I’m so glad this is a lifestyle change for us. We’re so happy and it really is a long term lifestyle adaptation we’re LOVING.

 

Of course there have been some struggles over the past year. The obvious one is eating out where we live. We’re pretty restricted now especially when I try to avoid dairy and gluten due to digestion problems. We eat alot of mexican if we go out but honestly we don’t eat out nearly as much as we used too. I find it really fustruating where we live because there are some places that don’t even have a ONE vegetarian option so it has been annoying to check menus before dining out. We especially struggled over in Bali because trying to order something without a meat is virtually impossible but luckily we found some amazing vegan cafes towards the end of our trip we ended up living at!

Another challenge for me personally was when I decided I wanted to loose weight and just get my digestion issues sorted. I haven’t spoken about it tooooo much but essentially I see a nutritionist, I’ve had lots of tests done and I’m feeling so much better being off dairy and gluten. I also had my hormone levels tested which showed some major imbalances so we’ve been trying to levels those out to help with a bunch of side affects I may go into in a health post one day. Essentially I don’t eat dairy, gluten, meat and I’m also only meant to eat tofu in moderation because it affects hormone levels. Obviously when you’re trying to loose weight legumes aren’t a fantastic option so it’s very hard to find lean things when you don’t eat meat or fish! For a little while I did eat some smoked salmon as I was really struggling with the lack of variety however after a week I just couldn’t do it any longer because I didn’t want to eat it. Let’s just say my last 6 months of meals haven’t been the most exciting of ones but the results I’ve been seeing are awesome AND I’m feeling so amazing so it’s been worth it. I feel like not alot of people talk about it but loosing weight as a vegetarian and having a balanced diet is HARD.

 

So that brings us to now and how I’m currently feeling. At the moment I’m thinking more and more about going vegan because when I think about it I’m only eating eggs as I don’t eat dairy. The only thing that is hindering that lifestyle change is my weight loss journey, eggs are a huge part of my diet, so for now they need to stay. I don’t want to be silly or irresponsible with the way I loose my last few kilos and if I were to cut out eggs I think there would be a panic moment for me and mentally I wouldn’t deal with it very well. I’m not saying you can’t loose weight when you’re a vegan – obviously you can – but I don’t want to pressure of stressing about a lifestyle change like that at the moment. In the coming years I can see myself definitely becoming vegan but I want it to be an organic shift and that’s just not where I’m not at the moment.

 

Phew congrats if you got this far!

 


Are you vegetarian or vegan? How do you find it? Do you struggle with any aspects?


 

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9 Comments

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    I’m currently calling myself a part time pescatarian, haha. I love seafood so I can’t give that up, but I’ve essentially thinned out my meat intake. I still will eat it – I do love a roast chicken on a Sunday evening and a cheeky lamb chop every blue moon but otherwise I mostly eat vegetarian. I found myself enjoying meat less and less over the years and whilst I occasionally will order a steak if I’m out (like, twice a year lol) I pretty much always order veg now. It helps that I’m obsessed with eggplant right now, I can’t get enough!
    I think the hardest thing for me is thinking of what to cook – it’s easy with meat because it’s just meat and veg, isn’t it? And I can’t have just salad for dinner because I enjoy real food too much hahaha. And then there’s the carbs – it’s so easy to over do it!
    Pinterest is honestly the best for recipes though! That has helped so much!

    Brodie | Brodie Jay

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      Eggplant is incredible right? I definitely get you. At the beginning of us first going vegetarian we were eating lots of mock meat because we had the mindset of meat and vege – it’s just the way we were bought up I guess! Now we eat alot of salad, stir fries and curries to keep things fresh… Oh and stuffed things like stuffing capsicums and mushrooms… SO TASTY. We also have an unhealthy obsession with cookbooks so we’ve always bought a couple when we’ve felt like we’re in a rut with what we’re cooking. I really recommend minimalistbaker.com if you haven’t checked them out! All the recipes on the blog are incredible and easy. My faves are the vegan meatballs but they have an e-book that is a meal plan for 3 weeks – so worth the $10! We ate like that for MONTHS haha.

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    I was a pescatarian for 4 years and now after figuring out, probably the same as you, digestion problems from dairy and gluten I’m thinking of going vegan. I think of leaving seafood behind and get sad though, I love it. So maybe a vegan/pescatarian? Ha idk. But go you! It is hard but so worth it! Xo

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      Congrats on 4 years!! That is amazing and definitely something to be proud of. I loved seafood before going vego and it although I thought I’d miss it I don’t. I ate a bit of salmon early this year and I think it was the mindset I was in but I didn’t enjoy it. I was eating it for health reasons rather then enjoyment so now I’ve made a rule of not doing that haha. I don’t think you have to label yourself! If you decide to go ‘vegan’ and eat mainly vegan food but want to enjoy your seafood – DO IT! Life is too short to stress about following a diet just so you can label yourself :)

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    I’m glad to hear eating vegetarian (in fact, nearly vegan) has been working so well for you! Eggs are definitely one of the main reasons I don’t think I could ever go vegan because my boyfriend (who is also vegetarian) and I absolutely love a cooked breakfast with eggs on the weekends and it’s so easy to make an omelette for a quick weekend lunch or lazy dinner when you don’t feel like thinking of anything more complicated. One of our good friends is vegan but she still eats eggs on occasion because our other friend’s parents have chickens. Her reasoning is that if the eggs have been laid by happy, healthy chickens then there’s nothing ethically wrong with eating them because they just lay them no matter what, so I suppose that could be an option for the future if you don’t think you can cut out eggs completely.

    I find it so frustrating that in 2016 there are still places that don’t have a vegetarian option on the menu! I live in Sydney and it can still be hard sometimes, which is pretty ridiculous. I understand it being difficult to find something essentially vegan and gluten free as well as a lot of places aren’t that progressive or don’t change their menus that often, but just something without meat should surely be easy enough. We’re lucky living walking distance from Newtown there are quite a few vegan/vego places we can go to, but we still do most of our cooking at home (except for weekends when we’re out with friends) because it’s a lot cheaper.

    We’ve been so lucky that his parents gave us a Hello Fresh subscription when I bought my apartment and we more or less moved in together. I know it’s not financially feasible for everyone but being given 3 new vegetarian recipes a week has been so, so helpful for me to try new things in the kitchen instead of just relying on the same handful of recipes because everything else seems like too much work. I’m not sure what has gluten it in and what doesn’t, or if it would even be a suitable for the two of you, but a lot of the recipes are vegan or could easily be made vegan by just not putting in cheese and we have absolutely loved having it.

    littlehenrylee.net

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      OMG Jess! Your friend is saying the exact thing Isaac always says about eggs. We both grew up with chickens and they lay them anyway so why shouldn’t we eat them? I guess the issue is with the egg industry and how horrid it is but if you know exactly where the eggs are coming from (and the chickens are so happy) we both don’t see the problem with eating them. Plus poached eggs are insanely delicious.

      You struggle finding vego options in Sydney?! God that makes me feel a little bit better. I definitely don’t expect or understand if some places can’t provide vegan and gluten-free options but just the meat? C’mon people! It’s crazy! We eat alot more at home now and we don’t mind (saving $$$ is the best) but we’ve also narrowed it down to a few places that are great in time. Sometimes you just wish you could go out and not fret over a menu and be THAT person.

      Hello Fresh is something we’ve looked at in the past but until recently they weren’t delivering to our area. It’s good to hear you’ve had such an awesome experience with them! I’m actually going to jump over to their site and look into it now ;P

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    It’s funny how everyones bodies are different even though we’re essentially made up all the same things (by that I mean our organs and whatnot). For example my body reacts really well to things like legumes, in fact I’m looking my best when I’m eating them regularly – I was looking even better when I was eating potato as my afternoon snack.

    I’m so happy you’re enjoying being Vegetarian though and hope that one day you do make it over to be Vegan. Trust me it isn’t as daunting or hard as you may be thinking – I’m the laziest person in the kitchen/did’t know how to cook so at first I wouldn’t have started eating this way if it were difficult. If you are thinking about it I would just recommend using food blogs or eBooks to help you out & make the change gradually. Oh & if you don’t know what an ingredient is, don’t know where to find it or it’s too expensive use Google to find a substitute.

    Taylor
    http://www.iamtaylorlynette.blogspot.com.au

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      It is crazy isn’t it? I can’t eat too many of either of those otherwise I start looking like a potato! I will definitely make it over to being vegan in the next 12 months but it’s just been a case of not putting too much stress on myself during the process :)

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