I have toyed with healthier eating over the past six months, the results? Mixed. I still have a crazy addiction (or that’s what I try to convince myself) to sugary fizzy drinks, a habit I am not at all proud of at all! But hey, lets not get bogged down in the bad. The positives of me flirting with new culinary dishes has led me to join in with the growing craze that is Meatless Mondays, a moo-vement that attempts to cut out meat for one day of the week in order to increase your life expectancy, save the environment and keep those cows a little happier all at the same time! Maybe I’m milking it a little, but it did make me feel like I was steering in the right direction!
I thought I’d chicken-out and go straight back to eating more meat than I ever had before but I was mistaken. It was starting to make a little more sense to me and after a while I found that I was having more meatless days than I was eating meat. So I decided to go the whole hog and just cut meat entirely out of my diet, which I’ve successfully done for over a month now!
What have I gained?
- Weight loss – I found that one of the biggest contributors to my current body fat levels was down to the amount of meat I was eating, as well as the quality, especially from those awful fast food chains which also pump in a lot of salt and sugar in at the same time to make you coming back for more! Over this six month project I’ve found that I’ve lost about 1 and a half stone (or about 21 pounds to my American readers!)
- Spending less on my groceries – A common misconception was that I’d have to spend more on food than I would have normally, this can be the case if you rely on meat-replicas such as Quorn, but once I became more aware of vegetarian dishes and more confident of my culinary skills I found that my food bill actually decreased.
- Belief that change is possible – Going from being a big meat-eater to a lacto-vegetarian is a big lifestyle shift. Something I never thought I could possibly do. The amount of times I’ve told people how much I love chicken was testament to that. However, despite all doubts from myself and my parents, I found it was easy once I gave myself small methods (such as abstaining from eating meat for just one day) to achieve something that was engrained in my day-to-day since I can remember. If I can do this, why can’t I give up drinking those fizzy drinks? I can and I will. I’ll outline my plan of action at a later date, but I’m feeling positive that I can do this, and maybe that’s most of the work done already!
If you’ve got this far then I applaud you for putting up with my animal puns. Have you got any vices that you want to get rid of? Maybe you’ve got some great techniques for trying to change those bad habits? I’d love to hear about them!