I love eating meat, but only because it tastes good, I don’t like the environmental impact or the way its produced, it can carry a lot of unpleasant things and it’s one of the main causes of food poisoning in the UK. These are good reasons to give up meat! My husband doesn’t eat meat so half the battle (getting meat out of my diet) is already done, the hardest part will be eating out and eating with friends. So vegetarianism is really quite appealing, however…
For quite awhile now I’ve thought I might be lactose intolerant, I’ve tried giving up milk here and there but never really completely given up dairy to see if it makes a difference. After seeing some delicious looking vegan food on Pinterest I thought, why not take the plunge, go the whole hog and become vegan?
It’s scary, it was kind of an over night decision which means that for the first few weeks I’ll mostly only be dairy free, just because we have meat in the freezer that I’m not going to throw away. I’ll be making vegan meals and adding meat as a side, switching the roles of meat and plants in my diet before cutting meat out completely!
Today is my fist day focusing on the plant element of my diet and cutting out as much animal product as possible. I accidentally put honey in my porridge. But again, it’s a product that needs finishing (my husband hates honey). It’s going to be a challenge and I don’t for one minute think it will be easy, but I’m really excited and in many ways that’s the first hurdle, getting excited about anything and everything you do makes it much easier! Obviously I’m cutting the dairy out for health reasons rather that anything else and I think that’s going to be the hardest part, I’m choosing to give up meat, but because I feel like my health will benefit from cutting out dairy, in my mind, it feels like the decision is out of my hands, it’s something I need to do.
For years we’ve been cooking two meals to “accommodate” my husband, I’m quite looking forward to being the awkward one!
Do you have any vegan recipes I need to try? Or any tips for starting out? Please let me know!