Monday, 15 April 2019

BECOMING A VEGETARIAN

francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, fashion blogger, small blogger, travel blogger
Now all of my Dublin posts are out the way, I want to refocus and start producing more lifestyle posts. Starting with how I became a vegetarian.

I could easily lie and say that I became a vegetarian because I'm against animal cruelty (which I am) and want to save the animals. This was not the case. Growing up, I didn't have the best relationship with food, I always found eating very difficult. I can remember only eating cucumber sandwiches and crisps as a child, not forcibly but these were the two things that I enjoyed and would eat. I didn't like fish, I wasn't huge on pork, chicken and beef were alright. During my early teenage years and I gained more control of my diet. As I began cooking for myself, I found that I was restricting calories, cutting various food groups to lose weight, maintain a slim figure and in my last few months of being a teenager, I decided that I needed to change my diet and start taking care of my body from the inside and so, I cut meat out of my diet and went vegetarian. 

Side note: My older sister has been vegetarian for 4-5 years and I have watched her make many vegetarian meals so, I didn't go on this journey completely blind. 

Things I've learnt on my journey so far:
1. You will get meat cravings. Before becoming vegetarian, I would go days or months without eating any meat at all and since becoming vegetarian, I get meat cravings almost daily. It doesn't help that I work in a bar which serves food with the majority of dishes containing meat. 

2. Quorn nuggets are better than chicken nuggets. Don't believe me? Try them 
francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, fashion blogger, small blogger, travel blogger
3. The Quorn website is a saviour if you're stuck for meal ideas. My favourite is the Quorn cottage pie recipe

4. Cooking requires more planning but is less time-consuming. Most meals take 15-20 to make from start to finish which is perfect if you're someone with a busy schedule, like me.  
francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, fashion blogger, small blogger, travel blogger

5. Eating out is incredibly hard and your only options are either a mushroom burger (so not a burger at all) or a Margherita pizza.

francisca rockey, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, beauty blogger, fashion blogger, small blogger, travel blogger
Giving up meat is a lot easier than I thought. There are so many good substitutes for meat like Quorn though, it's not the cheapest. I eat so much better as a vegetarian than I ever did as a meat-eater, it has forced me to experiment more with flavours and try new recipes.

Fran
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