This is probably my most frequently asked question, by everyone. Friends, family, coworkers, even strangers.. “why did you choose to become a vegetarian?” But before I even get started, there is something I should clear up. I say “vegetarian” to strangers or when I’m out at a restaurant because it makes things easier, however I am actually a pesco-vegetarian or a “pescatarian” which mean like a vegetarian, I do not consume meat or any meat by-product. I do, however still eat fish and seafood. I thought that was the easiest way for me to still get the protein I needed. But as of March 2017, I think I have decided to go full on vegetarian and stop eating fish/seafood as well.
Anyway, back to what I was saying, why I chose to make this lifestyle change. So, it all started when my best friend and I were up late watching things on the internet (because honestly, what else do college kids do at 2 am on a Tuesday night). When we came across a twitter page of PeTA videos. I know, I know, how cliche am I? I stopped eating meat because PeTA told me too. But in all honesty, it really did get me thinking about what I am putting in my body. It was around the beginning of lent, and I’m not super religious so I never really celebrated or followed lent, but I started to wonder “Can I give up meat for a month?”
So I decided to go for it. I gave up red meat, pork, poultry, everything except for fish. It was difficult for the first couple of days, only because I was used to eating chicken for both lunch and dinner like 5 days a week. After the first couple of days though, it just kept getting easier and easier. Then the month was over, just like that. I noticed I had lost around 7 pounds and my body just felt different. I had more energy and I wasn’t so groggy all of the time. I even “rewarded” myself for a job well done by going to our favorite bar and getting my favorite boneless chicken wings, they were good. But my body was not happy with me. My stomach was so upset and I kind of felt ashamed at myself, like I cheated or something. Ever since then I decided I could do this, maybe not forever, but for now I could totally do this. That was actually around a year ago today that I started this new “lifestyle” change and I’m still going strong. Which is why I am now deciding to stop eating fish/seafood as well.
That brings to the next part of this: experimenting with veganism. I honestly have no desire to become a vegan. Sometimes I just love seeing if I can do it. It is all about pushing myself and setting goals for myself while I’m cooking. I think experimenting with vegan cooking has not only made me a better cook, but it has made me try so many new things and that is what I love most about it. And on the practical side, when I’m shopping for food I do opt to buy things that are labeled “certified vegan” because many (not all) but many snacks do not label when they are vegetarian friendly. However if it is certified vegan, I know I’m in the clear to eat it.
Now please don’t misunderstand me, what you choose to eat is what you choose to eat. I could not care less about the diet you chose for yourself. That being said, I expect the same respect in return. What we decide to fuel our bodies with should be nobody else’s concern. As long as you’re healthy and happy, I’m happy!
I hope this cleared some things up for everyone! If you have any questions please be sure to leave a comment. Also don’t forget to hit that follow button and I’ll talk to you guys lataaaa!