In this post I’m going to be going through mainly what I eat and the difficulties I have as a vegetarian. So I’ve been a vegetarian for almost two years now (1 year and 8 months) and I really don’t regret this decision. Since I became a vegetarian I am a lot healthier, I’m happier, more confident with who I am and I just feel a lot more energised. If you are thinking about becoming a vegetarian I would definitely recommend it, though this transition is easy for some and harder for others. One piece of advise I would give you is that you can’t just not eat meat. It doesn’t work like that. You need to substitute the meat for other sources of protein, you can find these everywhere. Nuts are a really good source of protein, also beans and pulses like lentils. Tofu is another and there is quinoa as well. Then of course if you are looking at becoming a vegetarian you can also get protein from eggs and cheese. I you are a vegan you can’t, you’ll need to get plant-based protein.
An important question, and one I am still constantly asked is why I became a vegetarian. Towards the end, when I was still eating meat, I only ate chicken and salmon and after a while that got really boring so I stopped eating them as well. I didn’t really like meat anyway so it was easy for me to become a vegetarian. Now I’ve had a lot of time to think about my decision, I have researched a lot into it and know how to balance my meals a lot better than I did when I started. If you were to ask me now though why I became a vegetarian I would say that it is also because of how the animals are treated and I didn’t want to be apart of that. A couple months into my change I saw a video pass on Facebook and if I hadn’t become a vegetarian before that then that would have been a turning point.
I don’t know if many of you are vegetarians so I don’t know how many people can relate to this but whenever I tell people that I am a vegetarian they always ask what can I eat? Even if this is petty, the smallest part of me is frustrated. People straight away assume that all I can eat is salad. Evidently this isn’t true otherwise I would be severely undernourished and unhealthy as I wouldn’t be getting a proper balanced diet. Don’t get me wrong, this is not me having a go at the people who think this or ask this. Before I became a vegetarian I didn’t know anything about it, though it was very easy for me because I didn’t eat much meat or fish to begin with so there wasn’t much of a transition. Through this journey I have also had a lot of time to find substitutes I like and different ways of experimenting with vegetarian food. But please to anyone who thinks we only eat salad just have a think about it. Let’s take a random food. I don’t know, pizza. Pizza is basically vegetarian anyway there is just sometimes ham or chorizo. Take that off and BOOM, it’s vegetarian and you’re still getting protein from the cheese. Lasagna, as another example. You could pretty much do the same. Take out the meat et ‘voila’ vegetarian, again the cheese is protein. So there you go; there is so much a vegetarian can eat.
For me, as a vegetarian, what do I eat in a day? I live with my dad and he is very into all that ‘top ten super-foods’ kind of thing and he is often trying out new healthy detox-style recipes. This has had a huge effect on my view of foods and also what I eat therefore my diet is pretty healthy. Generally I will wake up around 7am for school. For breakfast I like to have a fruit smoothie, at the moment I’m obsessed with banana, dates, fresh blueberries and almond milk. I also like to add some cinnamon, cinnamon is supposed to reduce the risk of heart diseases, lowers sugar levels in the blood and is filled with antioxidants which help with heart health and reduce the risk of infections, most spices have a list like this. On top of all that and probably the main reason why I eat cinnamon is because it tastes really nice. So yes that is my breakfast, if I don’t have a smoothies I will sometimes have porridge because there’s a lot you can do with porridge to make it more interesting, or a bowl of cereal with almond milk (because I don’t drink milk).
During the mid morning I like to have a snack at school. This is usually either a small apple or some unsalted peanuts (again with the protein).
Lunch for me, if I’m at school is usually two pieces of toast with marmite and butter and then and apple or yogurt. But if I’m at home I usually have eggs and toast or something like that. One of my favourite foods is avocado and putting that on toast with an egg over the top is amazing.
After school I will get home and have another snack then. At this time it is usually a yogurt or a piece of toast, something like that.
And finally for dinner I usually have pasta, or rice and homemade ratatouille sauce (aubergine, courgette, onions, tomato sauce, mushrooms) and a side salad (lettuce, avocado of course, cucumber, red pepper, carrots…)
Yeah so that is what I eat in a day, I also drink a lot of water. Though I have always had problems with dehydration, which gave me headaches but, (I’m not trying to promote this app or anything like that but I do recommend it!) I downloaded an app called ‘my water’. here you log in your weight, height, age, exercise plan and stuff like that and it tells you how much you should be drinking in a day. This really helped me to keep track of the amount of water I was drinking and I haven’t had a headache yet this year and before I got the app I was having a couple a week so, yeah, it’s really helped me.
Anyway I hope this was interesting or helped you make up your mind about becoming a vegetarian or what not. I definitely recommend this lifestyle; I feel so much more awake now. If you are interested in more posts like this, so about food or fitness or anything like that then please let me know, and if there are any questions comment or send me a dm on Instagram or something like that. I have listed all my contact details and I hope to hear from you!
Paint and Pineapple xx