Thursday, 10 March 2016

Vegetarian For A Week


Gone veggie for a week

                                                 
 Even though I have always been an avid meat eater for my whole life I always wanted to become vegetarian but I always thought it would be hard to follow. My main concern is that as a very slim girl I thought that by being vegetarian will lose even more weight so I set as a limit to eat meat until I turned 30.  However, having vegetarian and vegan friends they put my concerns into other perspective and my silly little thoughts to rest. As an animal lover and animal rights advocate is pretty contradictive to continue eating meat. People choose to become vegetarian for various reasons,health,animal cruelty, religion etc. My main reasons are animal cruelty and of course health. I always been aware of how animals are being treated before and during slaughter but I guess I just let it pass me by or maybe I wasn't brave enough to face the truth. Few weeks back I came across a video by PETA, where it documents what really happens behind the scenes at the food industry, and honestly I felt embarrassed to be a human.
The people would treat animals so cruel and barbaric, it was truly disturbing and inhumane by any means. Even the thought that my little Romeo(my dog) could go through that, brings tears to my eyes and makes me mad. I am aware that our ancestors were eating animals to survive but that was thousands of years ago and they were not torturing the animals the way they do today. Now we have much more resources and we definitely don't need meat to survive. I kept asking myself how could this be happening in 21st century in westernized countries like UK and USA? Also health reasons we all know that animals are fed steroids and other chemicals that makes them grow bigger, and many of these chemicals are carcinogenic, we basically putting all these malicious chemicals in our bodies whether we are conscious of it or not. So last week I decided to become vegetarian for a week to see how I do. 


On Sunday morning I went grocery shopping, I have to admit that my initial thoughts were i need pasta lots of pasta. However being at the grocery shop my options were not limited to pasta or salads. Even though I did ended up buying lots of pasta. 

I had a very hectic week in-front of me so I had to be prepared. I called my dear friend James who has been vegan for 5 years for some advice.
He sent me a list with easy to do recipes full of protein and all the necessary nutrients, so I was pretty much ready to kick it. 


The  experiment started on Monday morning, I had a delicious fruit salad with whipped cream it was very fresh and gave me lots of energy, for lunch I packed pasta with vegetables but I left my lunch box at home so I thought I was going to buy something from the cafeteria, however the only thing available for vegetarians was salad and chips, I kinda started to feel the frustration of vegetarians at work. Having only chips and salad I spent most of my day feeling hungry, my colleagues will throw comments like "well you should have had that delicious chicken" or "why don't you get a tuna sandwich from Pret, since you are vegetarian?!" Yeah people think that fish is part of the veg diet. Fish is meat too you know is different kind of meat but still meat it was once alive, I don't even know how many times I had to say that, I got the same comments in regards to sushi. "Hey, there is a Yo sushi just around the corner why don't you buy a little pack since you can't meat or fish" Face-palm at this point.(Sorry if you read this still love ya boo,but get some vegeducation,hihi)

Throughout the week I found myself craving for a burger or bacon (yup, I love bacon), but I always had to snap out of it.
I was seconds away from walking into KFC and stuff my face with chicken or walked into a burger place and get a burger with extra bacon rashers. But, in my defense, I've been a meat eater for more than 20 years so even though I am aware of the nature of the food industry, I  still wanted to have meat. The reason for it is that,I wasn't raised that or programmed that way, and I definitely need time to process and get used to it. However,I am proud to say that even though the temptation was big (I live next to KFC)I made it through the week, and still haven't had anything meat related.

The biggest issue that I faced was the lack of vegetarian dishes in the menu. I work in central London, so I naturally thought that finding veg dishes will be easy but it definitely wasn't. The struggle was real. Most of the restaurants would have chips salads or pasta with only tomato sauce. Something that is pretty ridiculous, London is one of the biggest cities in the world why don’t restaurants add more options to the menu needless to say  that vegan options were even more limited.  Also big sandwich chains that are in every corner the only veg option they had was wrap with houmous and cucumber.
If you want to be a vegetarian for a week the only advice I will give is to be prepared make sure you make food at home and also research the area you work to see if there any good vegetarian restaurants around.
Being vegetarian was definitely not easy but wasn't hard either, considering that there is a biggest purpose for it. On the other hand, nothing new is easy and we need time to get used to it and adapt to it. As for me I will extend this challenge to a 30 days now.

Are you vegetarian? What are the struggles you faced when you first started?





                                                   By Anna

24 comments:

  1. Hi Anna! I was a vegetarian for around a year back when I was 12. I stopped the diet mainly because I hadn't educated myself enough on nutrition, and so I wasn't eating healthy.Just because you're a vegetarian doesn't mean that you're healthy! I was snacking on chocolate, chips, fries, and a whole lot of unhealthy foods.
    Now, I'm 16 and back on the diet. I've been a vegetarian for 7 months now (I hope to make the switch to veganism pretty soon). Honestly it's the best decision I've ever made. I believe that we carry the responsibility of choosing our foods and eating ethically. "Burgers just taste really good" is not a valid enough reason to justify the mass slaughtering of thousands of animals worldwide.
    I think it's amazing that your vegetarian and vegan friends are helping you make this transition. What you're doing is great and I encourage you to learn more about the diet. I wish you the best of luck!

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  2. Congrats on the new challenge. I would be very careful with PETA, they are an extremist group who has been caught giving misinformation or exaggerating and staging details. That being said, I don't have doubt that there are cases where there are animal cruelty, but alot of people are misinformed from some of PETA's information.

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  3. Steve Jobs was a vegetarian for a big span of his life and for some part - a fruitarian! - Gav from www.gavachpalea.com

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  4. Well as I eat both veg and non veg and still unhealthy due to multiple health issues ,I can saying being veggie or non veggie will never make much difference to your slim size concern. I tend to change diet by myself and do find improvements. You can have both veg and non veg to stabilize your expected size.Only thing you need to cut off junk food and oily food.
    Mini Noms
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  5. I loved the post. I've always wanted to try, but I had some fears. Thanks to you, I'll think of it again. Thanks! :)

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  6. Congratulations on deciding what matters to you and sticking to it. I am afraid I am not ready for a challenge of this scale (tried for couple of days before and almost had a mental breakdown) but I still admire people that can take the decision and follow through

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  7. I like that you were so honest about how you took this leap! I use to live by having to eat meat with every meal otherwise its not really a meal, I finally grew up and realised this is not true! I now eat mostly vegetarian meals (ideas from pinterest to begin with) and now I find this really easy, I do agree though that the meals need prep time allocated and its best to cook in advance! I still eat meat some times but its much rarer now! It also helped me to loose some weight, and for health reasons thats why I keep it up! www.mylifeinrosetintedglasses.wordpress.com

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  8. I know it requires very strong resolve and grit to change your eating habits. I'm a vegetarian and I can tell you for sure it is equally exciting!

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  9. I am not a big meat eater and currently dieting so I am not a big anything eater I am eating smaller portions of everything. I do eat way more other foods like every meal the meat section of my plate is super small. I find that using a smaller plate you choose wisely of what goes on it because with no seconds in mind everything counts.

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  10. I've given meat up for lent twice now and it was nowhere near as difficult as I first imagined it would be! I currently live in Paris and eating out when veggie is much, much harder here than it is in London even!

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  11. I eat only a little meat, mostly fish. I've gone vegetarian a few times, but just couldn't find it sustainable physically, as even when I ate healthy I didn't feel great. I do have a vegetarian salad for at least one meal a day, and I've feel pretty good since I started doing that.

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  12. I don't eat a lot of meat, i mostly eat fish. I do love a good steak but only on special ocasions. I am not vegetarian but I do eat a lot of vegetarian dishes. I like to experiment with my slow cooker that intensifies the flavors of the vegetables. Last week I made an amazing mushroom stroganoff that would easily beat any similar chicken recipe :)

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  13. I am doing no Meat for the month of March and we are discussing it on FitXBrit.com! We went through some of the same emotions! At least I know I'm not crazy! Lol

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  14. Yup, I've been a vegetarian for 20 years, but it was easy for me because I always hated the taste of meat (except bacon). I live in a tiny little town and I've just learned to eat at home most of the time. When I do go out, I am totally happy eating salad if there's nothing veg-friendly on the menu. It's much harder to travel to new places where I have to eat out.

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  15. I was a vegan for 3 years and had to add meat back into my diet because of health issues I was having. I still have yet to add dairy to my diet. Where I'm from it is very easy to be a vegetarian or a vegan. You just need to know where to go and you can do it. I'm from the states. Subway veggie subs are vegetarian or vegan depending on the cheese. You can get a baked potato and side salad and Wendy's and be completely vegan. Any Mexican restaurant will be happy to omit the meat and cheese and add beans and extra veggies. It's all about thinking ahead. Here's some tips if you decide to try again :)

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  16. Great post ☺️ Good for you! My husband and i were vegan for like 8 months and wow that was hard ! I could prob be a vegetarian for sure! But vegan was so hard for me because I love green yogurt and stuff like that. They have such amazing options these days. But it's gonna cost a lot of $. Great job !!
    Danielle Greco | AccordingtoD.com

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  17. I've been thinking of going vegetarian for quite some time now. I admire your decision to just do it cold turkey and I'm rooting for you to keep it up!

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  18. I was a vegetarian in high school, and while my family wouldn't go for it now, we do have meat free Friday's. I'm slowly convincing them! Lol

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  19. Every now and then I will cut back on meat just to tone up and trim down a bit, but I never cut it out of my diet completely. I do notice that a lot of menus in restaurants have only a handful of vegetarian dishes, though. So I can imagine the struggle in dinging out...

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  20. Really interesting, I have been a vegetarian all my life and there are just so many varieties you can make that you will be surprised! I am sure it is hard when you are a non-vegeterian to make the switch but I applaud you for your efforts and keeping at it. I was in London 2 years ago and actually found platy of vegetarian and vegan options and restaurants to dine out. I think it will take a bit more research for you to find some close to work. Good luck, keep at it ad don't give up, you are doing great!!
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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  21. Great post! I was a vegetarian on and off for about 10 years until I did some more in-depth research and discovered it's not all that healthy for you. I'm now working to rebalance my hormones after years of eating too many grains, soy products, etc. and not getting enough nutrients. I'm sure being a vegetarian is okay for some, but it has harmed me more than benefited. I now only eat locally sourced, organic, grass fed/pasture raised meats and feel better than I ever have!

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  22. Well you know me so you know that I am a vegetarian and sometimes finding a restaurant to eat in ( Italian doesn't count) that caters to vegetarians is pretty much impossible even in London. They definitely need to do more to increase the variety of vegetarian dishes available in restaurants. Well done for becoming a vegetarian for a week, is this a temporary experiment?

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  23. Maybe one day I will have enough courage to try this :)

    -- I travel and blog at http://www.iamvagabond.com

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  24. Great Job! I went vegetarian for about 4 months, trying to be healthier. I missed meat too much and went back! Great post x

    http://chloemadeline.blogspot.com.au/

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