Welcome or welcome back to my blog! Today I have a really fun and informative post for you which I am really excited about! Today is a collab with the QUEEN of blogging: Catherine from Kitty Jade. She has am amzing series on nher blog all about plastic and the planet but more on that later… for now lets get into Catherine’s post…
To complete this post, I decided to take to Instagram. Over on there I asked my followers questions they had for vegetarians. I thought this would be a more fun way to share my experience of vegetarianism, because it gets you involved. In this post I will be covering a lot of topics, so buckle in tight! I narrowed it down to ten questions, but nevertheless this post will be a long one. Rather than have to read the entire thing, you can scroll to the answer you’re looking for. Meg will put the questions in bold so you can see them more clearly!
When did you become vegetarian?
I decided to become vegetarian on the 23rd August 2018. For some reason, all life-changing events happen on the 23rd. I began my blog on the 23rd of April 2017, and One Direction was formed on the 23rd July 2010. Must be my lucky number!
Why did you become vegetarian?
The impact on the planet motivated me to stop consuming meat. It was a rather spontaneous decision. I didn’t really plan anything, I just said to my mum on a camping holiday that I want to stop eating meat. Both parents were okay with it, and I went pescatarian for a time, but my main aim was to go completely vegetarian. I don’t believe everyone should stop eating meat, because the effect on the supply chain would be catastrophic. However, the white Western world over consumes meat, and I am trying to lessen the damage that causes. I’m sure it’s not just North America and Europe who have a meat consumption issue, but I am not educated enough to speculate about the other continents.
What is the difference between being vegan and vegetarian?
Veganism is completely cutting out animal-derived ingredients and products from your life. You could be a vegan by diet (no dairy and no meat) or by all categories (no leather, cruelty-free products). Vegetarianism is simply cutting out meat. That does not include dairy! I know a lot of people get confused by that, so I’m here to clear it up.
Is it hard to go vegetarian?
Honestly depends on the person. I don’t want to slaughter animals and eat them, so it was really not hard for me. Knowing that a poor little pig had been cut up to make ham put me off eating it. I would say I’m a pretty empathetic person in those circumstances. I can’t help thinking ‘I don’t want a pig to chop me up and put me between two slices of bread, so I won’t do that to a pig’. You know?
Do you ever miss eating meat?
Not at all, as I said before, the reasons I don’t eat meat could never give in to cravings. But this of course changes from person to person.
What foods do you eat to replace nutrients in meat?
I eat more nuts and beans. They are very fatty, so you have to be careful, but I’ve not noticed any significant change in my health that requires me to supplement. I’m at a healthy weight, I am capable of being very fit, and my bones and muscles are strong. You should go by what your doctor or parents recommend you, but I’ve not displayed any worrying symptoms from cutting out meat. Although I don’t speak for everyone! So always check! If you can’t go vegetarian because of the health implications, don’t feel pressured to. Take care of yourself.
Favourite meat substitutes?
The ever-famous Quorn has been really useful when cooking meals in my family. We don’t have to significantly change the meals, just chuck some Quorn in the oven and I’ll have that rather than chicken – for example. Dad has also started cooking chickpea curries, potato curries (all the curries!) so the entire family can have a taste of vegetarianism. It’s really fun and it’s also expanded our recipe book. I’m the only vegetarian in the family, forgot to say. Everyone else eats meat, although my mum usually goes for the meat-free option with me.
Do I use a lot of alternatives?
No I don’t! I think processed alternatives are going to be just as harmful. I like eating beans, chickpeas, and protein rich foods that are not straight from a factory. It’s usually only a Sunday lunch when I have replacement for meat, via Quorn. Throughout the week we have light lunches like toast, sandwiches etc. In the evenings we have pasta, curries, pies – things that can easily be made meat free and Quorn free.
Is it easier or harder than you expected?
As I said, it was completely unplanned. I went in with no expectations at all! Sometimes I find the lack of variation within vegetarian food disappointing. It tends to be the same all around: veggie burgers, pasta, curries. However, we tend to make our own meals so this isn’t much of an issue. Going around to friend’s houses felt rude at first, when they were trying to accommodate for my vegetarian needs, when all that really needed to be done was extract the meat from the meal. When I first began my vegetarian ‘journey, so to say, I was in a group of rather toxic friends and they were a little horrible about it. However, when I formed reliable bonds, they were supportive and didn’t mind at all. All it takes is removing the meat from the meal!
Do you think about how you might be affecting the farming industry?
I come from a family of farmer’s, so I did think about this one. The trouble is, not enough people support farming. There is no correlation between the mass produce of meat and the wealth of traditional farmers (imagine sheep being sheared in a field with hens, and cows milked into a bucket and put into glass bottles). My family makes an effort to buy meat locally, from the butchers rather than a supermarket. Supermarket meat is most often extracted by incredibly unethical methods. ‘Farmers’ who get eggs from hens aren’t middle aged men with collie dogs. The hens won’t be running around happily in a field. Free-range requires every hen/chicken to have 1m square for themselves. They are not required to be farmed outside. They are shut in big metal buildings from their birth to their death. So buy locally: where you can clearly see the path from the source to your dinner plate. One last little point about free-range, if it possible always buy free-range meat and animal products because they are more likely to be from sustainable farms.
Thanks to Meg for allowing me the chance to do this collaboration. I’ve really enjoyed delving into a topic I’m passionate about! For more climate change related topics, head over to my blog category ‘The Plastic Plan’. Meg here, this is the project I was talking about before!The Plastic Plan is a series where I get guest writers to discuss all elements of climate change: fast fashion, veganism and global warming but concentrating mainly on plastic waste. I would love to start a conversation with you about this ever-important topic, so shoot me a DM or email. My Instagram is linked here. Now, with all the self-promo over, I just want to wish you a good day. Enjoy the summer!
It’s Meg again now, wasn’t that a really informative post! I learned so much and I’ve really enjoyed collabing with Catherine! Catherine has a blog, instagram and bookstagram which I will link just below! As this was a collab if you would like to see my half of this post – I gave 6 tips on how to eat less meat – then head over to Catherine’s blog!
QOTB: Did you find an answer to a question you didn’t know before?
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