Becoming a Part-Time Vegetarian

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Being a vegetarian isn’t something I had ever considered. In 2006 that all changed when I met the lady who is now my wife.

Jo, who has written every other post here at veggieadvisor.com, has been a vegetarian since she was very young. When we first started going out she made it clear that she was vegetarian and that she wouldn’t cook meat or have it in her flat. This was something I was happy to go along with not realising how much it would change me and my opinions.

Now I should point out that I am not actually a vegetarian. I still occasionally eat meat and fish, but my consumption has reduced dramatically… and I couldn’t be happier.

Change?

Becoming a part-time vegetarian means that I have tried all sorts of new vegetables that I hadn’t considered before – in fact I have tried lots of different foods I wouldn’t have looked at twice.

I have had a few conversations with my carnivorous friends about the change. They wonder what I eat and how I survive without sausages or spam. They wonder if the food is boring, or if I eat anything other than beans. They nearly always ask about cheese and milk, there’s a lot of people who don’t really know the difference between types of vegetarians (I would say I’m a flexitarian).

Benefits

Besides marrying Jo, there are have been quite a few benefits from eating vegetarian.

  • I feel healthier and have even lost some weight.
  • It’s cheaper. Meat is expensive, vegetables less so.
  • I have more variety in my diet. All the veg I used to ‘dislike’ I now eat. There are only a few I don’t enjoy, and who needs tomatoes and courgettes anyway?

Does anyone really need tomatos?

Besides these I find myself actually choosing vegetarian foods when I go out. This is often unplanned, I no longer choose steak when I go to restaurants as I find it unappealing and can imagine it being hard to digest and sitting in my stomach for hours. Instead I will eat veggie or fish-based foods. I can’t go past a vegetarian restaurant without trying their veggie burgers (although I do eat other things as well!).

Being a part-time vegetarian has been nothing but positive for me. I have no idea if I will ever switch over totally, but all the negatives people mentioned simply don’t exist. I feel so much healthier that any possible down sides have been pushed to one side. Even if carnivores don’t turn entirely veggie I would recommend cutting down on the meats; it’ll do you good, I promise!


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  1. You should talk to my partner… he must have meat in all meals; even when I cook for him, vegetarian of course, despite enjoying it and being much less fussy about his vegetables and pulses than me, within half an hour he says he’s “hungry” again – he’s so used to have that horrible sensation of meat, as you said, sitting in your stomach for hours that he doesn’t appreciate felling satisfied but light and bright soon after even a very big meal. I know it’s hard to make a complete switch, but I’m sure even cutting it down by half it’d only benefit his not-that-good health too.
    I couldn’t live without tomatoes! And you need to try a good courgette omelette to turn you around to love them like I did 🙂

    • When I started changing over it was quite a gradual process. I would only eat veggie when I was with Jo, so mostly at weekends. Then as time went by I would eat more and more veggie stuff. Now we’re married I am nearly entirely vegged up. I probably eat meat/ fish maybe half a dozen times a month.

      As for tomatoes… Jo makes me try them a couple of times a year – but my feelings aren’t really changing. She has been sneaking them into more and more foods though 🙂

  2. An interesting post. My boyfriend isn’t vegetarian but I wouldn’t say he eats an awful lot of meat – for example, I’ve yet to see him munch down a huge steak and his diet has a relatively good balance of fruit and veg. I have warned him, however, that if and when we do move in together if he wants to eat meat he’s got to cook it himself – both for ethical reasons and also because if I were happy to cook for him I honestly wouldn’t know where to start and I’d probably give him food poisoning!

    • Hey Sharon – that’s pretty much Jo’s opinion as well. She isn’t militant when it comes to me eating meat (she’s just happy I’ve cut down so much), but she won’t prepare it for me, and she doesn’t like it being in the house. The only times I really eat it are when we’re out and there’s nothing veggie on the menu that appeals to me.

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