Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blogmas Day twelve - Being vegetarian

TodayI thought I'd write about something I'm pretty sure I haven't mentioned on my blog before. I've actually been veggie for almost a year and a half now and today I just thought I'd have a little ramble about it and give some tips on how the switch over was and the things you have to watch with a vegetarian diet. 

Now first off I am 100% completely vegetarian meaning that I don't eat any meat or anything containing meat such a sweets containing animal gelatine. My first tip would definitely be if you are wanting to go full vegetarian then there are so many things which you wouldn't think have meat in them like haribos. I know not all vegetarians are this strict so it is completely up to you. I more decided to be strict as it also helped me reduce my sugar intake as sweets I can have are very limited. 

If you are going veggie you need to be ready prepared for the "but don't you miss meat?" question. This is one that I get asked regularly when I first tell someone I'm vegetarian. For me this really isn't something I struggle to explain as me going veggie was more about the fact I didn't enjoy eating meat rather than the ethical implications of it. Don't get me wrong the more ethical implications have become more important to me over the time, however my initial decision was based purely on my tastes. 

I do think you definitely need to be a little more aware of the foods you are eating in terms of their nutritional value. For me I have always been a big believer in taking supplements to ensure I am getting everything I need however if they aren't for you I would always suggest taking conscious choices and thinking about things like how much iron you are consuming. For me I think taking vitamins means I don't have to worry about any of it so I think before going veggie it is something that needs to be considered. 

Another thing I wanted to mention is that you can pretty much make vegetarian versions of a good 95% of meals you love. There are such a huge variety of meat free proteins out there now that most dishes can be converted to meat free. If you are going veggie I would suggest incorporating these proteins into your diet before making the switch completely as not everyone loves them. I personally love cooked quorn but hate the fake ham they do, whereas others love it. if you know what you like before you commit to it you are much less likely to be disappointed and end up switching back. 

So that's it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post, I know it's something a little different for my blog! 


  1. I could happily eat veggie and I think I need to cut out some meat to be honest. Really good thing you are doing x

  2. I've often contemplated going veggie but I have to admit that I love steak and roast beef on occasion. What will you have on Christmas Day? xx


  3. This was a really informative post! There's actually so many things to consider before making the big change!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  4. I don’t think I could do it. I love meat too much 🙈

  5. I was a vegetarian for several years before having Penny but I'm incredibly fussy and my diet was awful. There are so many delicious meat-free alternatives out there though.

  6. This is such a good post, I think the fact you didn't enjoy eating meat made
    It much easier for you x

  7. I don’t eat much meat at all, and I am thinking about going veggie in the new year. I don’t really care for meat and maybe eat it a couple of times a week. I feel I would really miss fish though. Was nice hearing you perspective and journey. X

  8. My youngest is a vegetarian, she has been since she was 5 and a teacher at school told them that chicken was a chicken on the farm. She came home from school and asked us about it and we said that it was, so she asked about other animals and fish and then declared she was "never eating anything that had been breathing or blinking again" blinking? but she hasn't done and she is 20 now, she eats dairy so I think that makes her a lacto ovo vegetarian? Basically she doesn't eat meat or fish and like you she won't eat by products, still never got the blinking thing ha ha ha, such a great informative post lovely xxxx

    Zoë - MammafulZo 💕

  9. I'd love to go Veggie or even Vegan, I dont drink/ eat much Dairy and rarely have eggs so its really just the meat part that I need to get rid of.
    I do like the taste of meat though - and hate most veggies so I think I'll slowly but surely just remove meat from my diet.

    My only issue is so many people seem to find being vegan is the worst thing you could be - actually saw someone post something on facebook saying "vegans are still worse", personally I dont see the issue with wanting to cause less harm and not contribute to the problem that the meat industry causes to the climate but y'know meat eaters be crazy.

    Sarah x


  10. I eat a lot of veggie food and i LOVE it, but I'm not veggie!!!!


  11. I have so many friends who are veggie and it always surprises what they can and cannot eat, such as Haribo x

  12. I love reading this - I was raised as a vegetarian until I was about 13 - I'm going back that way now though x

  13. I decided to become a vegetarian at about 11 which is such a young age but I’m so glad I did it and now my diet is mostly vegan x


  14. My son (he is 6) is a veggie because he just hates the taste of meat, surprisingly it isn't something as life changing as I thought it would be... he just prefers veggie nuggets (I do too now, the tesco ones are SOOOOO good!) and we love macaroni cheese, we love the veggie burgers. Veggie Percy Pigs from M&S are the absolute favourite though - SO GOOD!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  15. I definitely think I could be veggie as I don't eat much meat really. I often prefer veggie options anyway! x

  16. I'm vegan but will be entirely honest I do miss meat and dairy. One day, I just couldn't bear the thought of animals suffering for me to eat and gave everything up there and then. It was a drastic change but as so many have said, there are great alternatives and I find I eat way better now than I did before because I have no choice x

  17. I love my meat, I could never be veggie! I could give it a try though, although I don’t think I’d last long x


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