If Beyoncé can do it, we all can. Right? After all, she must need a really high energy diet to keep on top of her game. And to keep her booty so… bootylicious!?
Joking aside though, I decided not to eat meat quite a while ago. In recent years I had grown to enjoy a good quality steak and/or burger as much as the next carnivore, but alas, one fateful night I decided it would be a good idea to follow PETA on Instagram, and everything changed.
I got a bit of a shock, not just about meat, but also the dairy industry, leather, feather down, cosmetics – the lot! For an animal lover like myself, it was hard to stomach. The problem was, I love cheese and chocolate. Being low-fodmap, I’ve already swapped out most dairy, but cheese and chocolate are my guilty pleasures. I also ate fish, almost everyday.
So when my meat-loving bf suggested that we watch a couple of documentaries on Netflix, he’d heard about (called “What the Health” and “Cowspiracy”) we knew what we had to do.
It wasn’t as much of a leap for me, just my beloved cheese, fish and chocolate that had to go. For him on the other hand… well lets just say, a meal wasn’t a meal unless meat was an ingredient. But you know what, the boy did good. Actually, even better than me (I caved and had some cake midway through the second week).
We made some really good dinners that fortnight, some long and faffy, others super quick and tasty, like this herby wild rice, marinated tofu and creamy tahini sauce – NOM.
I’m not saying you must believe everything you see or hear about eating animal produce, but we feel that some of the health and environmental benefits of veganism (or even just vegetarianism) are hard to argue with. And the World Health Organisation agree; having classed red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans” and processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans”.
You do get used to vegan cheese and the chocolate is pretty good too. We didn’t die of protein deficiency. In fact, both of us felt just as fit, and energetic, if not more so, than usual.
For now, I think we are what you would call “flexible vegetarians” and that suits us. Life is hard enough sometimes without adding in another restriction.