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I always try to think of resolutions that will really challenge me in the new year, and 2019 was no different. For the whole of January, I was going to go completely meat free. And this is how it went!
It was the 1st of January and the first day of my 31 days without any meat or fish. And while for some people this was going to be easy, for me this was going to be difficult. For anyone who knows me, they know I love meat and fish. In fact, I have some sort of meat with nearly every meal! So why on earth was I wanting to give it up?
THE REASON BEHIND MY RESOLUTION
Although I love the taste of meat, I hate the fact I’m eating animals. I’ve also heard and researched that eating meat is bad for your digestive system and cutting it out is extremely healthy for you. I really admire people who are vegetarian and vegan, and I’ve tried in the past and always failed. But this time, I was going to do it – for just one month to begin with, and hopefully for longer.
WHAT WAS I GOING TO EAT?
I learnt as the time in the month went on that I have so many eating habits that I go to because I’m just used to them. So instead of going to what I know and liked, I was going to have to make some substitutes.
Instead of my normal tuna sandwiches and meat packed dinners, I was eating home-made soups, pasta with vegetables, rice with vegetables, pizza with just cheese on, etc. But the best choice I made was buying Quorn… how amazing is that stuff!? I bought some burgers, sausages, chicken pieces and chicken nuggets. They tasted just like meat, and was my life saver throughout the month.
EATING OUT: THE BIGGEST TEST
One of the main reasons why I chose to do this in January was because going out to eat probably isn’t as frequent as other months – but that didn’t stop it completely.
I went out twice in January to eat, and both times I got a vegetarian option -firstly to Pho where I ordered the tofu curry, and then at Thaikun I also got the sweet and sour tofu! I have to say, this was the toughest part of the month – having to watch everyone have really nice meat dishes. My tofu was ok, but it would have been better with meat. But, that was overlooked by the good feeling of having not eaten an animal in so long.
WILL I CONTINUE WITH IT?
It’s now February and I’m so proud of myself for not having any meat or fish for the whole month, but it was soooo difficult. But the most surprisingly thing was I didn’t feel any different health wise… and I think that’s because of not having any meat, I substituted that with more bread, more pasta and overall more carbohydrates! So if I was going to do it in the future, I really need to plan and research better meals for me to eat.
Am I going to continue with it? Well, half and half.
From now on, I’m not completely cutting out all meat. I’ll only be eating chicken and fish to get my protein fix, but will only be eating these outside of my house. When I’m eating at home, I’ll stick to being vegetarian because I feel there are pros and cons to eating it and not. But Quorn is a must have for anyone who is a meat lover and wants to try life without it!
Are you a vegetarian? Have you ever tried completely cutting out meat? Let me know how you get on or any tips and tricks you have to help me in the comments!