People ask me all the time why I am a vegetarian and I never really have an answer, I just kind of… am. It was never a big life changing decision, I just stopped eating meat and never looked back.
I did not think that being veggie was a big deal to me until recently. I was diagnosed with a B12 deficiency, a vitamin that can only be found in animals or animal products therefore is often an issue for vegetarians and vegans.
The first question that my doctor asked me was if I would consider starting to eat meat again and, without even thinking, I replied with a frank “no”. I was surprised at how much of a no-brainer this decision was for me, but with injections every 3 months and supplements I can get better without having to eat my furry friends.
Not only did I have the revelation that being a vegetarian is significant part of who I am but also how imperative a balanced diet is. Who knew that one little vitamin could cause so much havoc?
Even though I eat a pretty healthily, I am trying to make even more of an effort to ensure that every calorie counts so I am being a bore: cutting down on alcohol, carbs and junk food and replacing them with healthier alternatives.
Don’t worry, I am not going to become a crazy health fanatic overnight but I want to reduce my intake of less healthy food and drink so that when I do have them, they really are a treat instead of a habit.
Some websites that I have found useful when switching that daily Kit-Kat for something more nutritious are:
Deliciously Ella – Blog focused on whole, plant-based foods
Oh She Glows – Blog featuring over 500 vegan recipes
Fat Free Vegan – I find this website clunky to use but love their Pinterest
The Gracious Pantry – Website focussing on clean eating
Mother Nature Network – This site is not just food focused but covers environmental issues and sustainable living
Naturally Ella – Simple seasonal vegetarian recipes
Tasty Yummies – Blog featuring gluten-free, seasonal recipes
I often use Pinterest to organise the recipes that I like the look of and also plan to blog about the ones that work out well, so watch this space…