Vegetarian Diary- Day 1

Hello my fellow readers and bloggers! It’s been a while since I posted, life has been a tad hectic lately.

I’ve been constantly thinking about switching to a vegetarian diet but never went through with it. However a couple weeks ago I was on YouTube and I came across a documentary called Vegan 2016. Here’s the video if you’d like to check it out:

 

It was an eye opener for me! I had no idea that all this was going on in the meat and dairy industry. To think all this is happening and we just ignore it. Turning a blind eye to where our food is really coming from and what’s truly in it. I’m not ashamed to admit it but certain parts made me cry and feel total disgust. Watching this video helped me understand how the industry works and the fact that it’s just a big money machine. They don’t care about the animals or welfare of them or even us. They don’t care that the hormones and drugs that their pumping the animals full of can have an impact on our bodies or our overall health. It’s all about money and making profit. This gave me the push I needed to start making a change.

I’m not sure if I can fully make it to becoming a vegan so I’ve settled on just converting my diet to vegetarian. I’ve done my research and I know what happens in the dairy industry as well, which I think is horrible. However changing my diet to vegetarian is a challenge in itself. I was brought up in a European household where meat is a big staple in our diet so this is a challenge indeed!

I tried starting the diet change this past Monday and sadly I’ve slipped up twice now. I found that I was craving meat and I hadn’t really thought of ways to replace it. I just thought that cutting it out of meals was sufficient but I never thought that there would be cravings. Thankfully I work in a health food store where there are lots of different meat alternatives available. I feel like I’ll be shopping from there quite a bit now!

The second struggle I had was that we were celebrating my boyfriends birthday this week and we ate out a lot. Most of the places being steakhouses, which again fed my cravings even more. I never thought that I’d struggle this much with becoming vegetarian. I suppose I made an error just thinking I could cut it out of my diet completely at once but I guess I’m going to have to take baby steps and wean myself off of it slowly. I am excited that we’re going out with a vegetarian friend on Saturday for dinner so it will be easier and I can ask them questions about how they made the change.

If there are any readers out there that are vegetarian themselves, How was your transition to becoming vegetarian? If you guys have any helpful info please feel free to share and help me out on this journey. I’ll keep you all updated on this big change in my life with my vegetarian diaries!

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Good luck on your new journey! I used to eat meat everyday, but for around the last 6 months I have only been eating meat once a week. Maybe one day I cut it out all together. I have been trying to eat as natural and healthy as possible 🙂

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    1. Thanks 🙂 It’s for sure a lifestyle change, grocery shopping is a lot cheaper now though! haha

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  2. dtills says:

    HI, I wish you the best of luck on making this switch-I know I could never have the strength to do it myself! There are many great resources out there to support your goals, I hope you find them useful! Thanks for sharing this post and for stopping by my blog and taking a look!

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  3. Susan says:

    My journey was giving up one thing at a time. I started with giving up beef, then pork, then chicken, now we do fish twice to three times a week. But a HUGE part of it was learning to cook and work with seasonings. It’s about changing your taste buds and making them crave something different. I’ve fallen in love with sweet potato burgers, mixed with either beans or chickpeas, yum! When I gave up chicken I started using meat substitutes. Beyond meat is really tasty but now I just cook more and experiment more with cooking food at home, this way I control the ingredients. We seem to eat a lot more raw food, veggies that have a lot of protein. It takes time to build new habits and change your tastes from what you’ve been eating since you were a kid. I came from a meat and potatoes family. We ate beef 5 times a week. Now if eat beef my stomach hurts. So pay attention to positive feelings you get from cutting out meat. And if you’re going vegetarian but not completely vegan, substitute with fish and eggs. Even if your intent is to go vegan one day, making gradual changes will make more permanent change.

    As far as your family, friends, etc… Once you’re cooking up delicious vegetarian dishes, cook for them and sway them with your recipes!

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    1. I completely agree with you, the change to vegetarian involves cooking a lot more and keeping dishes flavourful. I was debating the whole idea of eating fish but I decided against it after getting more informed about the fishing industry. I rarely ate fish when I used to eat meat anyways, I think the only time we ate it was if we went out for sushi.
      I’ve seen some positive changes to my body so far like weight loss and my skin clearing up. I think I’m going to continue with being vegetarian, it may take me a while to get to vegan though.
      My family still doesn’t understand it, they think it’s just a phase and that in a month or so I’ll be back to eating meat. It’s a bit frustrating at times but I keep in mind that they’ve been conditioned to think that way since they were little. When we have family dinners I’ll whip up some amazing dishes and show them that its not as bad as they think it is.
      Thank you so much for checking out my posts 🙂

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