My veggie journey

I caught a cold from Lucien so I didn’t go to work today. I needed to rest. So I stayed in my pyjamas and re-read Eat Pray Love in bed. After a few pages, I shut my eyes and rested. Then out of the blue, I heard my mind say, “Hey, you can eat whatever you want tomorrow.” What? I opened my eyes.

I then remembered it was going to be the 1st of November tomorrow. My self-imposed one year stint as a vegetarian officially ends tomorrow.I hadn’t even been consciously thinking of it until my sub-conscious brought the matter up.

I wouldn’t say it has been a difficult year going meatless. I haven’t even been craving for meat. Well not until one day 2 weeks ago when I suddenly had a desperate urge to dig into some really hot, crispy KFC chicken. Oh I tell you, I couldn’t shake the vision of that fried chicken from my mind! I was so afraid I was going to give in. But then, as quickly as that one-off sudden crazy craving came, it vanished, much to my relief.

I viewed that as a test from high above of my commitment and vow to give up meat for a year. It had to be. I mean, how come I had no such urges for 11 months and then suddenly be overcome by juicy chicken dancing in my head just 14 days before the end of my vegetarian journey? But oh no, I wasn’t going to fall for that. Sorry God. I may seem a little ditzy and dim at times but I wasn’t going to do anything that would involve breaking my promise. So yeah, I suppose I passed that little test you set me.

In all honesty, the journey hasn’t been bad. The only frustration I had was not so much not being able to sink my teeth into all the different types of meat, but more the fact that I had severe limitations on what I could actually sink my teeth into.

Let’s take lunch as an example. While I used to walk into Tesco’s and be able to take my pick from the wide variety of sandwiches available (tuna mayo, prawn cocktail, Cajun chicken, bacon and egg, ham and salad, smoked salmon etc), I was only able to pick egg mayonnaise while I was on the vegetarian diet. It was alright, because I was able to waltz into the shop, squeeze past all these business types in suits who have to spend ages agonising over their sandwich filling choices, confidently reach my arm toward the neatly stacked pile of egg mayo sandwiches, then pay and leave. That was it. I knew exactly what I wanted. I was in total control. Because there was only one thing I could have.

Having choices is a double-edged sword. Yes, it would be nice to be able to choose but I have found that choices overwhelm me. Especially when I was at a restaurant before becoming veggie. I would always be the last to order because I didn’t know what to pick. And more importantly because I didn’t want to pick the wrong thing. “What if what I ordered was crap?” constantly stopped me from making any decision.

So it was a huge relief ordering food at a restaurant when I became a vegetarian because it would never take me more than 3 minutes. There were usually only two veggie options available on the menu. Gee, I wish all normal menus were like that. I mean, why do we need to have 28 items on a menu? To give us more choices? More control? If anything I say it gives us less control because you fret about what to order so much that you often end up ordering something you don’t want.

Now that my veggie journey is over, it’s not like I am going to rush out and feast on a pile of ribs. I have enjoyed cooking in a meatless kitchen. Eating fresh vegetables every day. But I miss my protein. And because of that, I will find it hard to become a permanent vegetarian.

However, I like the thought of being a semi-permanent vegetarian. You know, when I can choose to go days or weeks or months without meat, then have meat when I feel like I need a protein fix or more variety in my diet.

It has been a very educative and interesting 365 days.

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One Comment on “My veggie journey”

  1. veghotpot Says:

    Welldone for doing a year as a veggie 🙂 Wish Id found your blog at the beginning rather than at the end, you could always adopt the whole “meat free monday” approach if you wanted to continue having an element of being a vegetarian! x x

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