January, wasn't that just the longest month ever? I'm glad we got through it alive and now I'm excited and ready to tackle the lovey-dovey month that is Feb.
If you are an Instagram follower of mine, you will know that I'm a sucker for fresh starts and mixing up my day to day life, soo (naturally) like most people, at the beginning of the month I set myself some goals and made some lifestyle changes! During the next few posts I am going to reflect on my progress... be it triumphs or failures. Eek! This post is going to focus on my diet change.
So guys, the first change I wanted to make was my diet. Cutting meat out out of my diet completely. A big old dealio for some, but being honest with you since being raised a veggie I have always had an up and down relationship with eating meat. From overconsumption and dirty cravings including eating ham out of a packet! To being repulsed at mince meat and retching at the sight of a throbbing lump of steak. Gross.
So, I've taken it easy so far and have been relying on the well-known meat substitute brands to make up the core of our dishes. It's slightly more of a challenge for me as I am the cook in our household and try to keep my partner Gavin fit, full and happy with our (my) decision to go veggie. Gavin has always been a meat eater and always had a loving relationship with eating meat - coming from a pretty basic meat and two veg background.
I would say we have had a very successful first month. I have loved getting in the kitchen and mixing up our weekly dinners, it has been fun and adventurous and we've had some damn tasty dishes! I will post some images in this post of some of the meals I've created this month and feel free to message me for recipes. I always share what I'm cooking on my Instagram stories too. Oh another thing I may have forgotten to mention is that there has been a slight comprise Gavin and I made, that being once a week (at most) we will have one sustainably caught fishy dish. Luckily for us we live in a seaside town and have fresh locally caught fish very easily accessible to us, for now I am happy with this compromise and totally agree with the term, one step at a time.
So we've talked about the triumphs now let's talk fails!
I would be liar if I told you there hasn't been any meat consumption this month. I am only human and naturally humans make mistakes, unless you're a super human in which case - fair play. So my first major slip up was a hurried morning running late for work and desperate to get a quick breakfast fix... rushing into Costa and I ordered a coffee and made the last-minute decision to grab a breakfast roll from the counter, "this too please" totally not thinking about it... left with my warmed breakfast roll and stuffed a bite into my mouth and then I realised, shit! Of course this is meat, rubbish cheap meat at that. I was genuinely gutted with my mistake but not ashamed as this was an honest slip up. My mind was busy and I was in a rush. I wasn't too hard on myself but did feel upset with my first slip up.
So listen lovelies, if you're thinking of making some diet changes I would totally encourage it! It's been fun going veggie, creating new dishes and trying new things - makes dinner time i n t e r e s t i n g... if you're like me and get stuck in ruts about what to cook! Don't be hard on yourself and make mistakes, you'll learn from them (hopefully) and begin to make more changes to your lifestyle to avoid making the same slip ups again. Research - there are so many blogs where people are sharing their dinner time ideas and now there's another one, mine! Looking to the future I want to cut down on the meat substitutes and create more interesting meals from scratch. So stay tuned and I'll continue to share my vegetarian journey with whoever wants to join!!
Take care guys x