Can you believe it’s Thursday already? This week is flying by and the sun is shining for the first time in a few days, so that makes me happy! I’m going to go straight into this blog post because I have a feeling that it’s going to be a little lengthy. ;) I’m going to talk about how I am slowly changing my diet to be vegetarian. I want to make it clear that I am not a professional and don’t necessarily know what I’m doing. I have been doing some research which is on going and for me it’s going to be a lot trial and error. I have been thinking about changing my my eating habits to vegetarian for quite some time now and I’ve decided that I’m going to give it a shot.
I have been thinking about going vegetarian for close to a year now. It’s always something that always seemed interesting to me but I just never had the drive or determination to do it. It seemed like such a task and in my opinion can be a bit restrictive. A problem that I had was, I didn’t know if i’d be able to live a free life without meat in it. What I mean by this is, will I be limited? Will I be able to enjoy going out and having fun while being vegetarian? For me food is a big thing and I am able to stay on track with my healthy lifestyle because I only eat foods that I enjoy. I was afraid that if I changed my lifestyle I would veer off in a bad direction. These are all reasons why it is imperative that you do your research before you decide to change anything that can affect you, good or bad. Because now I know that it is possible to be vegetarian and work around all of those concerns.
When thinking about vegetarianism, I only really had one vision of what it was. I thought it was very strict and you had to follow set “rules”. I’ve come to realize that I can make the lifestyle whatever I want. I don’t have to do what the next person is doing and I can follow the lifestyle the way I want! I decided to wait until the Summer to start changing my lifestyle because I think it’s easiest. This is the time when you can get the most fresh local produce and even a wider choice of produce than you can get in the Winter, at least here in Canada. I also think that it is important that you figure out the reason(s) behind your choice to go vegetarian. And for me that was just recently. If you don’t have a real reason why you are going vegetarian, something that you strongly believe in, then I think you are setting yourself up for failure. My reasons are firstly, my health. My healthy is the driving force behind most things that I do to my body. Secondly, for the animals. I know for most people the animals are number 1 on their list but for me it’s more about health and the fact that animals are being saved is a bonus!
I am still in the beginning stages and so far I’m not struggling at all. I am not being super strict to begin with and I haven’t yet eliminated all the meat from my diet. I’ve decided that I will no longer be buying any meat for myself but if I’m out and meat is what is being served, I am going to eat it. At least that’s what I’m going to be doing in the beginning, I can always change my ways in the future. I will, however, keep eating dairy and eggs. I don’t eat that much dairy but I do enjoy cheese, a lot, in moderation! And eggs? Well I can’t live without them and for me they are going to be a great source of protein.. Some of you are going to be cringing at this point, but that’s fine. This is my choice, my life and I’m doing what I think is best for me and my health. I’m looking for a sustainable lifestyle and I think that for me this is sustainable and maintainable!
I have only started this lifestyle recently, so I am still learning and I have not yet seen great big changes. I’ve found so far that planning goes a long way. If you plan your meals you will have an easier time, because you won’t be aimlessly searching your cupboards for something to eat or you won’t be tempted by the things you shouldn’t be eating! Pinterest is a great tool for finding recipes or you can check out my recipe website. I would also suggest that you do it for the reasons you believe in, don’t do it because someone else is doing it or because it seems to be cool. There is a lot of time and research that needs to go into something like this because we are talking about your health so you need to make sure you are eating enough nutrients it needs to survive.
I hope I made some sense here, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. As well, if you want to leave me some new blog topics that would be infinitely appreciated! For more information on the vegetarian lifestyle you can visit my Tumblr Blog I have lots of information as well as food ideas! :)