I was raised as a Vegetarian Child for five years before my parents introduced meat into our diet. I hated it! I found that Chicken went round and round all dry so it was safe to say I didn't exactly like the taste, the same went for milk. I took a dislike to milk at such a young age that at the age of 4 my parents had to write to the Infant School to tell them to excuse me from the warm, cream topped milk at play times ;)
I was Veggie on and off basically all through my teens and turned Veggie in my early 20’s. I was always a complete animal lover, we had so many cats, dogs, and other animals that I always had such a respect for them and saw no reason to eat other animals, just because they didn’t ‘live’ as pets with us. However when I fell pregnant for the first time, everyone told me I had to eat meat! I wanted to do the right thing (and thought I was) so tried a burger for the first time in years and was sick! This meat eating lark did not really last and by the time I was pregnant with my second child I was happily veggie and really enjoyed cooking veggie foods.
Fast forward to 2012…..I had been happily veggie but became increasingly interested in ‘Raw Foods’ and was introduced to a Raw Recipe book, (along with some raw choccies) at about the same time as we went to a friends ‘Vegan BBQ and met some pretty amazing people’……I was hooked on a new lifestyle. I experimented with Raw and Vegan foods for about a year before becoming more and more ‘Vegan’. The only thing I found hard to give up was butter on toast (especially if out at coffee shops) but I have been known to take a pot of ‘Pure’ with me!
I now make Vegan foods mainly in the Winter and a combination of more raw and vegan in the warmer months, it has been such a journey but with so many positives. My blood pressure has decreased, I lost 2 stone, I have met lots of lovely and inspiring people and I cook far far more creatively than ever before. Mainly because you have to! I keep a Recipe book that literally has the ingredients I need for meals I like which I link to Recipe Books. I am very lucky in that my husband (who used to be a complete carnivore) now has joined me as a he is now virtually vegan.
I love uploading my ‘Creations’ on to Twitter or my Facebook page, mainly to try and show people it needn’t be boring and I am not just eating a plate of veggies every night!
We still go out for meals and I love it! I see it as a challenge! Indian is the best and they are always obliging to change things about a bit if they need to 😉
Don’t be put in a box, it is better to slip a little and continue your journey than to get frustrated and give up.
My dinner time cooking is interesting, I have one child who is a total veggie and refuses to even walk down a meat aisle in a supermarket and one who only eats meat and potatoes!
However, it is a journey and a life style, one that I feel forms who I am and who I was always meant to be. I love the fact that no harm has come to animals in what I eat but there are plenty of other benefits if that isn’t your sole motivation. Just experiment and have fun 🙂