Thursday, 2 February 2017

Veganuary

Today I will eat meat for the first time in a month. At least... that was the plan!

"Veganuary aims to reduce the suffering of animals by inspiring and supporting people across the globe to go vegan for the month of January."

The thing is, I have decided to go on a bit of a health kick in 2017. 2016 wasn't a very good year for plenty of reasons. HERE is a blog I wrote about protesting Trump. Also a little closer to home, I haven't been looking after myself as well as I should! My neck and back have been worse than ever, my skin is bad, I've had problems with my ears and I have put on some weight (I am the heaviest I have ever been!).

Therefore, in 2017 I am going to start looking after myself better. I am going back to the climbing wall. I have spent a lot of money to fixed my bike:




and so I will be cycling to work a lot more (but probably when its less cold, wet and windy). I have already started to get my lazy ass back into the pool, not just for work but for exercise but not often enough, there is still a lot of room for improvement. I will also be hitting the gym a little too (even though I really don't want to). I have bought trainers and everything:




and so I really do need to start working out. I have been going to regular massages to sort the knots in my back and on top of everything else, I will of course be looking very closely at what I eat too. 

Now the thing is that although I am going to start eating significantly healthier, as well as not eating meat, I also attempting not to eat any chocolate, sweets, biscuits etc, which you can read about HERE, I couldn't go full vegan for a whole month. Or maybe that should be: I don't want to go full vegan for a whole month. 

It has been obvious for a long time that I needed to change my diet. Especially now that I'm in my thirties, it's sad but true when I say, I simply can't get away with eating the way I did in my twenties. However, going straight from my 2016 diet of eating meat everyday, plus lots of cakes and sweets etc, to being a vegan for a month, would be both a huge, huge challenge and also something I believe to be a bad idea. Therefore, I decided on a compromise, and I don't have a problem with compromises, sometimes it is best to be realistic. 

With that in mind, I decided to do a "mostly vegetuary" which is to say that I decided to eat vegetarian with some fish/seafood. Something I decided because I knew that cutting out meat was going to be huge for me. I love meat. There was a time not too long ago when meat would form part of most/all three main meals, day in, day out. Therefore, to try to cut out meat and fish and dairy and eggs etc all in one go would be several steps too far. 

I will take it one step at a time. I will start with meat, while also cutting down on the chocolate, sweets, cakes, biscuits and pastries that I love so much, so maybe not one step at a time. I will see how that goes and then I will determine where I go from there. 

I think for me, the perfect balance would be to do mostly vegetarian with fish or meat 2-3 days a week. After all, I believe that everything should be done in moderation, balance is the key to life. 

So it's now been a month since I stopped eating meat and at the beginning it was very difficult. It wasn't so much that I missed eating meat - although there was an element of this - but the main problem was that I had become so over reliant on meat. Often the problem was simply that I was stuck for what to eat. I ate a lot of soup and I lot of fish in the first few days! 

But then things started to improve and I started to find some wonderful alternatives. It was still difficult while I was out of the house, especially as I don't eat cheese. Grabbing a quick bite from a supermarket for example was a little tricky but eating out at a restaurant for Chinese New Year was better than I expected. When there is lobster on the menu, why would you need meat:





Also at home I started to find and cook more vegetarian dishes like my "famous" veggie bean chilli. I still continued to eat a lot of fish and seafood but the more the month wore on, the more options I found and the less I missed meat. To a point where I find myself in a bit of a predicament where, I'm going to start eating meat again, in moderation, but I almost feel sad about the fact. 


So I'm not sure where I'm going from here! Am I going to choose to be a vegetarian full time? Or maybe a pescatarian? As long as I can continue to eat fish and seafood, I'm fairly sure I could do it. Or am I going to become an occasional meat eater? I think that's probably what's going to happen. I mean, I have to admit that I am more than a little excited about going out for a burger one day soon:




Also, I'm sorry but going the rest of my life without a bacon butty, a gammon steak or me mum's lamb casserole just doesn't sound like the most inviting option. So, I'm not completely sure what I'm going to do but what I do know for sure is, I'm definitely never going back to eating meat everyday, the way I was before. 

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