I feel that it’s about time for me to write about something that I have recently ventured into. A few months ago, April of 2016 to be exact, I decided to be a vegetarian.
So, I’d like to start with defining what being a vegetarian is, as a lot of people mistake it for being vegan. I get asked a lot, believe me.
Vegans are those who don’t eat meat and animal products altogether. They also don’t use any products that are derived from animals (e.g. fur, leather, etc.). A lot of these people adapt to this lifestyle because of ethical reasons – they firmly believe that killing animals is morally incorrect and even inhuman.
Vegetarians generally are just those who decide not to eat meat for many reasons. They may consume other animal products like milk and eggs, but their diet excludes any type of meat.
To keep it simple, vegetarian is a type of diet, while being vegan is a lifestyle.
Like what I said in my intro – I have been a vegetarian for roughly 4 months now. There can be many reasons why one would decide to become one. A lot would say it’s for them to improve their health. Some would also just want to test how disciplined they are to stick to their diet. My reasons? A little of both.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t completely eat healthy. I eat a lot of junk every now and then still (see the super good vegetarian pizza below? Yah, and that’s beer right there! 😉).
I literally just woke up one day and said:
“Alright, you live a very sedentary lifestyle – you don’t go to the gym, you don’t have an exercise routine, and you don’t eat healthy!”
Out of those 3 things I mentioned, changing my diet was the easiest route, so that’s how I started.
So before I end this blog, I’d like to share some tips for those who are interested in being a vegetarian, too:
- Decide to be one. It’s not easy, but the first step is always to make a decision.
- Shop for a lot of greens and fruits. DO NOT even attempt to buy any type of meat. The temptation will kill you! It would help if you avoid eating with meat eaters for a while. Once you get through the first two weeks, you’ll be just fine.
- Learn how to prepare your own meal. You can’t always get to eat out and find a lot of vegetarian options. It pays to know how to cook 😉
- Indulge. Sometimes you just need to satisfy your cravings (not for meat hopefully). Like for myself, I crave for chocolates, ice cream, chips, etc. I do eat those still, but not as often as I want to.
Living a healthy lifestyle is a choice. At the end of the day, it’s all about changing bad habits and deciding to learn to take care of your body.