After 30 years of being a full on carnivore, I am going vegetarian. This will come as a surprise to everyone who knows me, but I am super excited for this journey. And I hope you come along this journey with me!
So, why have I gone vegetarian?
While visiting our friends they asked if we’ve seen Cowspiracy or Seaspiracy (both available on Netflix). We hadn’t. The next day, while having dinner we started watching Cowspiracy. It made me feel sick.
It wasn’t just the environmental side that made me re-think my whole diet, it was also how the animals were treated. How short some of their lifespans were. How much energy goes into making a single burger is ridiculous. I cannot remember all the facts and figures, but if you head to Cowspiracy website– you’ll find all the details there.
While watching Cowspiracy I felt sick, but this changed to anger and sadness when we watched Seaspiracy. We’ve always struggled to eat the advised amount of fish per week. At most we would have 1 fish dish a month. After watching Seaspiracy we realised that the fish we are told to eat, don’t even hold the nutritional benefits we’re been told they do.
Unfortunately Seaspiracy is more upsetting and visually disturbing as well. We watched it in 2 parts to break it up a bit.
I do encourage you to go and watch them, even if you don’t want to change your eating habits. I think they are very well made documentaries & full of information that you do need to know.
Was it difficult to change the mindset?
No it wasn’t. I think what made it so much easier to change was that those 2 documentaries just hit me like a ton of bricks and it felt right doing it.
What is the most difficult part of going vegetarian?
Without a doubt – our meal plan. I am so used to plan our weekly meals that include meat & now I need to take it out. For the first month or so we kept our Hello Fresh deliveries and changed them to veggie options, to give us ideas.
Is your whole household veggie now?
Yes and no. James, my husband, is veggie when we have dinners and is more than happy to eat meat-free at home. But when we go out or have a takeaway he will go for meat options.
Where does this leave My Country Life?
MCL will change its focus and I will be documenting my journey of continuing being a vegetarian. Sharing recipes I’ve found & love, tips & tricks to stay veggie. I have tried vegan baking, which I enjoyed- so that is something I will dabble in a bit more. Plus the usual lifestyle content will continue as well. All home, crafts, DIYs & garden- I will share with you, but the majority of focus will be on Vegetarianism.
I am very excited about this new chapter, I felt like MCL was having a bit of identity crisis, but this has just changed it & made it much more clearer where I want to go with it. I do really appreciate all your support & it means a lot to me.
Let me know what you are most looking forwards to on this journey?