I believe life should always be about testing yourself and being open to new things and so for February 2018 I decided it would be a good idea to see if I had the will power, backbone and creativity to go Veggie for a month. In theory it sounds easy….. it’s actually not but I can’t deny the challenge has been enlightening and fun.
Now we aren’t stupid and I’m not saying I’ve reinvented the wheel or anything like that but when you are used to a meat diet you are suddenly completely lacking in ideas for what to eat. I mean I just didn’t know what to eat with what?!! Test yourself now…… it’s not as easy as you think. I mean I like lentils but I normally have it with meat.
So firstly I had to be far more planned and organised, something I am traditionally bad at. Immediately I realised its not just about not eating meat, it’s a lifestyle change, and I had about a day to get my head around it.
So I started making lists, a rota of what to eat oh and not just for dinner, lunch too…… and lunch can be a NIGHTMARE.
So second key learning, if you don’t make lunch you don’t have a lot of choice when you pop into a shop. It stands to reason that sandwiches are going to be mostly meat lead, so if you haven’t made a salad, wrap or sandwich then get to the shops as quick as possible because if you go there after 1pm…… there ain’t a lot left.
Breakfast is a game changer, regardless of what I do in March and beyond but if you want the king of brekkie have this on me…….. get a pen and paper as this is the ultimate kick start to a day
2 x poached eggs
2 slices of whole meal toast
8 roasted mini tomatoes
4 chips of halloumi cheese
No fry up could ever take this on in taste, I also add a splash of Tabasco for a kick ( optional )
Another real positive is Sunday roasts, nut roasts are pretty good. Firstly I went to a pub and ordered one but then I thought, I reckon I can do that, and here’s what it looked like
I have since learnt that falafel is delicious, pasta works as well if not better without meat in its dishes, risotto is not difficult to make at all and finally and most importantly when eating salads the dressing is so important. I am now the king of a home made dressing. Tip – capers are the perfect hidden ingredient
So 18 days in ( so far ) what’s changed? Well I’ve lost 6lb in weight, my skin is amazing, I sleep much better and wake up feeling great.
Don’t knock it people, I plan to leave red meat in the past, maybe have fish and chicken in the future but more importantly I am no longer ignoring vegetables, quite the opposite I am never missing my 5 a day.
Go on give it a go and test yourself
It’s been emotional