Thought I’d switch it up a bit whilst I wait for the last of my clothing parcels to arrive and let you in on quite a big, yet recent change in my lifestyle. By recent I mean June last year but for something like this it’s pretty recent. I’ve also titled this post “Edgy Veggie” because I know lots of people just think teenagers go veggie to be edgy but I can guarantee that, for the most part, that is not the case. It’s definitely not the case for me. I personally grew up with a mother who was vegan for my entire childhood therefore the idea of vegetarianism and veganism has always been a thing for me and part of me knew that one day I’d stop eating meat and that’s just what I did.
I thought I’d aim this post at those of you who are thinking about giving up meat. For me, it was very easy due to the circumstances but it may be more difficult for some of you who still live at home and whose parents still cook their meals. For a situation like that, where whoever cooks your meals may not want to cook something separate just for one person. I’d suggest in this case, maybe trying a meat free Monday to ease your family into your way of thinking before going balls to the wall vegetarian. It’s not only a healthy choice but will cut down on meat consumption quite considerably, that’s at least 52 meat free days a year. It’s a start!
My experience with being veggie goes as follows…
In the first month or so I found that I was putting on a lil bit of weight. I personally think that was because I was being more careful and more aware of where I was getting protein from and I may have gone a bit overboard with it. Having said that, at least I was making sure I was getting what I needed in my diet and I was making sure I was keeping myself as healthy as possible. Plus, a little bit of chub never hurt anyone. However, it fell back off once I wasn’t panicking over proteins anymore.
Also in the first month, I noticed that my skin was clearer than it usually is. I definitely think this is due to the change in my diet because my skin has been better all round since going veggie. Its a win win really.
The biggest difference for me is that I’ve found that I don’t feel guilty for eating meat anymore. Towards the end of May and the beginning of June I was starting to feel sick with guilt for eating meat, which is why I decided it was time to cut it out. I can honestly say I don’t miss that feeling or eating meat one bit. I still eat all the meals that I love with the meat free substitute and I genuinely feel so much better about it. The thought of eating meat now really does make me feel sick and not even a crispy bacon sandwich could tempt me back into meat eating. This is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Thank you for reading, Katie x