Yep, you heard me. Vegetarianism is my normality. I can live without chicken nuggets with ease and if I never eat another beef burger in my life, I’ll be okay with that. Not only do I get to experience new culinary delights, but I don’t look at my plate and guiltily mutter “sorry” any more.
There used to be a fair bit of fear behind going veggie. Thoughts like “But WHAT will I eat?” and “Will I ever feel full?” plagued my mind, now I know the answer to these questions is “plenty of things”, and “I shall be wonderfully full.” People very much underestimate the power vegetables have to kick start your energy and get you going for hours. I’ve been going around like the Duracell bunny lately!
“Yeah okay, but what about lunch?” you say, “surely it’s a nightmare to find anything without meat for a good lunch!” Actually, no. I’ve discovered that lots of place are keen to cater to me and my fellow veggies: providing salads, sandwiches, wraps and more to crunch down on for lunch. The only struggle I’ve had with picking a veggie lunch is which one I want the most! It’s all still very exciting.
The next hurdle people placed in front of me is that, surely, Christmas is going to be a NIGHTMARE. So much temptation all around! Well, firstly, as I have previously stated dead bird carcasses aren’t my craving, regardless of what holiday we’re celebrating. Secondly, my nut loaf recipe looks delicious and I look forward to diving in and encouraging my carnivorous family to give it a go also. And, finally, I have a wonderful thing called self-restraint. Possibly my most welcome discovery.
Temptation is around me at all times, and I’m yet to cave. Why? Because although the temptation is there, the desire to eat it is not. The only thing I think when smelling those meaty scents are memories of those foods. That time mum dropped the entire ham on the floor so we had to order a chippy… Heh, good times. At least I know if that happens again that it won’t be my dinner being fed to the dogs. (Sorry meat lovers.)
Now vegetarian food isn’t all exciting and new. A lot of the time it’s my new found favourites I stick in the oven out of laziness. I’ve got all my life to try tofurkey. For now, I just want have to my classic veggie fried rice and tuck in.
So yes, whilst cutting meat out of my life has been a strange journey, I’m more and more excited about my future foodstuffs. I don’t feel deprived, and I really don’t miss eating animal products. I’m way too focussed on all this new veggie food to be concerned about meat!