Accidentally Vegetarian

Last week Connie watched a documentary on Netflix that made her immediately reconsider her stance on eating meat. It was called Vegucated, and it showed horrific things that our meat industry does in bringing us our meat. In today’s world, eating meat is something that is slowly gaining momentum as a cause to be fought against – it is incredibly harmful to our carbon emissions, and the real fact is that we do not need to eat meat as much as we do.

And so, in the past week, I have became an “accidental” vegetarian. This is partly because Connie can’t stomach meat (and has in the past been vegetarian) but also that I can’t be bothered to make something bespoke and eat something different. Eating a meal together is one of our favouritest times and one that we savour, because our previous houses have not had dining tables.  So sharing a meal is easy and essential.

We have close friends who are veggie and vegan – our very own Wandering Naval Gazer is vegan. Tips and tricks are not far away. So, since the weekend, we’ve had slow-cooked lasagne, a paneer curry, and tonight we will have a mushroom and lentil stew. It’s quite a dramatic shift from the diet I was brought up with, and also would shock the 10 year old Mark in my abandon for eating “the green stuff”.

In any case, this isn’t a lifestyle change for me. As I type this I am preparing to eat a roast beef sandwich, ending my veggie-streak in a glorious swoop. But what it does mean is that I am having to be more creative in what I eat for dinner, and healthier, and most importantly, helping Connie, who is reluctant to take the label, but doesn’t mind eating the veggie meals.

I don’t think I could swear off meat – I am not that strong willed nor am I that appalled by the meat industry. But it is a good thing to cut it down – instead of doing one veggie day, we are probably going to do one meat day. That will make a good impact on our health and our wallets. I think I like bacon just a little bit too much to give it up wholesale.