I have been wanting to write this post for a little while – it’s been about four and a half months since I decided to go vegetarian – but I thought it was better to wait. Partly to make sure that I stuck to my decision, and partly so that I could write something informative!
So why did I decide to go vegetarian? I would be lying if I said I wasn’t influenced by what I’ve seen online. I think previously I have always been relatively ignorant to the way that the meat and fish I was eating had been sourced, and when I started looking into that I felt really uncomfortable. I felt as though, personally, it didn’t make sense to look for cruelty free skincare and beauty products, to sign petitions against animal testing, but still eat animals.
My experience in Spain also had a huge impact on my decision. When I first arrived, I loved the idea of buying all of our meat from the butchers and all of our fish from the fish market. After a while though, I felt this novelty wear off and instead I found myself paying attention to the way the meat was being handled and prepared, and how much was displayed that no-one was buying. It put me off.
I’m not writing this post to try and convert or preach to anyone about not eating meat. I’m just sharing a recent lifestyle change and my reasons behind it, as I have done with most of the things that have happened in my life since starting this blog. Hopefully this can be useful to someone!
It both has and hasn’t been an easy change to make and maintain. I don’t really miss meat or fish; I’m loving experimenting in the kitchen with some fab vegetarian recipes, which I will be sure to share with you soon. When I’m eating at home, being both gluten free and vegetarian is easy. When I’m eating out, though, it becomes a bit more of an issue.
Some restaurants are great, especially independently owned pubs – I’ve had some incredible gluten free & vegetarian Sunday roasts! Some are not so great, though. The majority of gluten free menus are based around meat, vegetables and potatoes. The vegetarian options are few and far between, which is a little bit of a pain.
So I’m slowly building a list of new favourite places to go, that can offer me a relatively wide choice, and that offer that choice with a smile rather than a comment on how awkward having two dietary requirements is!
I will definitely keep you updated on how I’m finding vegetarianism, and whether not eating meat or gluten gets any easier!