9 Things I’ve Learnt Since Becoming Vegetarian

9 Things I've Learnt Since Becoming VegetarianI’ve been vegetarian for about 2 months now, and it’s been going really well. Along the way, I’ve learnt a few things.

  1. People will be offended by your choice.
    I have no idea why this is. But people will try to convince you that you’re an idiot for not eating meat, that humans are made to eat meat etc etc. That’s fine, but I’ve never tried to convince anyone else to be vegetarian, I’ve never chastised anyone else for eating meat, and yet I find I’m constantly having to defend myself. It doesn’t seem right to me, but there we are. Live and let live, right?
  2. Vegans will still hate you.
    Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand veganism, and there are aspects of it that I’d be willing to try. However I don’t understand why vegans attack vegetarians so much, when we are taking steps in the right direction. Very bizarre.
  3. You have to check food labels when shopping.
    This was something I wasn’t very good at to begin with, and I’m still getting to grips with it: remembering to check that what I’m buying is actually suitable for vegetarians. Sounds simple, but it can be surprising what isn’t actually vegetarian. Which leads me onto my next point:
  4. There’s a lot of surprising foods that aren’t vegetarian.
    I already knew you couldn’t eat jelly sweets and marshmallows anymore because they have gelatin in them, but did you know that parmesan cheese isn’t vegetarian?! My heart broke a little. Parmesan, gorgonzola, camembert and a few others are made with rennet, a substance taken from the stomach of cows. Luckily, there are versions of all these cheeses made with a vegetarian version of rennet, so my cheese-eating habits don’t have to change so much. 
  5. Tofu is gross.
    Like seriously, I don’t know how anyone can eat that stuff. It’s like rubbery, overcooked egg-whites, but worse. Ew. Do not recommend.
  6. There are so many different options.
    Giving up meat doesn’t mean you live off of beans and tofu (blargh). Quorn does a huge range of meat replacements, and while they don’t taste exactly like meat, they do taste pretty good. Supermarkets also do their own version of meat replacements. So really, all you’re doing is taking the meat out of your current meals and changing it for the vegetarian version of itself. Also, if you like mushrooms, I recommend trying out recipes with mushrooms replacing meat. I actually often prefer that to fake meat!
  7. It won’t ruin eating out.
    If you’re worried about going out to eat, don’t! Most restaurants offer a really good range of vegetarian meals, and you’ll often find yourself trying something new. 
  8. I’ve started eating a little healthier.
    Mcdonalds, KFC, Burger King etc. are all off the menu! And in fact I’ve found myself craving more vegetables with my meals, and fruit as snacks, which is pretty unusual for me! 
  9. I love it!
    I wasn’t sure if I would find it difficult, as I plunged straight in at the deep end, no meat, no fish, no gradual introduction.  I haven’t found it hard, I haven’t really missed meat, I’ve discovered so many new recipes, and foods I didn’t know I would like. And I feel good about it!

Have you, or would you, try vegetarianism?

Have a lovely day,
Rosie x