Food For Thought


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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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…

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4 comments

  1. Shaun says:

    My brother is vegetarian, and my mum being a nurtition freak, keeps on at him to take brewers yeast, which is rich in a B12 analog, or something,
    Might be worth checking out. They cost buttons if you buy in bulk.

    1. Thanks for the tip I will definitely check it out!

  2. connyhauk says:

    Hey!
    What is that leopard thing you’re wearing in the first picture ? Looks really cool 🙂

    1. Emma says:

      Thanks! It is a vintage 1980’s jacket I picked up when I was in New York form Screaming Mimi’s they always have such a great selection of vintage pieces http://www.screamingmimis.com/

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