Six months ago, I was inspired by the amazing changes that becoming vegetarian had on my close friends and family, in a deep conversation with two completely converted vegetarians (ranging from a few months to several years) I discovered the health benefits, the energy increase and overall happiness increase that these two individuals had experience post this decision. These may seem like obvious things to you, but as a devoted meat and two veg girl, at the time I couldn’t ever face the potential of another way of life. I’m fussy with my food anyway, take away the meat aspect of my dinner and it was pretty much a plate full of peas and potatoes.
It was time to give this a go and challenge myself. But what on earth was I going to eat? I’ll admit, I’m not a completely converted vegetarian, I still eat fish sometimes (and the odd burger), but it has been a lot easier than I expected to incorporate more vegetarian dishes into my lifestyle.
The main reason I struggled being a fully converted vegetarian at first is my kryptonite: a big ol’ meaty burger. I really couldn’t live without them. It meant I regularly failed in my attempts to be a ‘good’ vegetarian, hiding behind parked cars out of sight from the judgemental eyes my family whilst devouring a greasy burger (honestly this actually happened). I just couldn’t give it up. I have now found a vegetarian alternative which really is now better than the real thing.
If you are looking to become a vegetarian, I honestly think you should. It really has given me more energy, and I feel healthier, happier, and generally better in myself. It hasn’t given me the ‘life altering’ experience I thought, but over the past few months, I do feel different. Will I continue? Yes I think I will. My one and only tip is to start slow, I’ve started by eating only vegetarian food in the house, and at restaurants ordering whatever I like, as time goes on, I may phase out eating meat all together.
Since moving out on my own, I’ve continued to only eat vegetarian dishes at home, which is actually better for my budget, and I have also phased out milk (which kept going off anyway) and now my cupboards are full (well ish) of oat, soy and almond milk. I can safely say I’m a converted vegetarian (ish).