A thought occurred to me last week… I have never thought about why I eat meat. I just do. I always have. I never questioned it.
I was suprized when I realised this. It’s the type of thing I would think about. I’m always tinkering with my diet, seeing which foods work for me and which don’t. But I’ve never answered the question, “what would happen if I didn’t eat meat?”
So I tried a couple of meat-free days last week. Here are my initial observations:
- You can still have tasty meat-free meals. That should be obvious. But as I lover of meat for the last 29 years, the thought never struck my mind. I’d argue that it’s tastier than traditional cooking – because you have be inventive. You use ingredients that are a little more unusual. It’s cook. I love trying new food.
- Meal prep is trickier. I usually cook up a big batch at the start of the week for my lunch and dinners. It’s so easy to just grill some meat, boil up veg and rice, put it in a lunch box and off you go. I tried my first vegetarian meal prep tonight and it is considerably more involved. Today I cooked, beetroot, feta and walnut burgers. Very nice but it’s a bit of hassle to prepare.
- Perhaps the most suprising thing about not eating meat is how other people react. Other people notice and they comment. I was out for lunch with the lads in work on Friday. We went to a pizza place. When it came time to order, I asked for the vegetarian and the lads were looking at me like I had ten heads. They clearly had never thought about their consumption of meat either.
I’m trying to retrace my though-process to find out how I realised that I had never question this before. I think it could be a result of mindfulness. With mindfulness, you gradually become aware of all sorts of things about yourself. These things are always there. But mindfulness helps you detach from them. It helps you can see the wood from the trees.
I’m interested to see how my body will react to more of a plant-based diet. That will take a few months to play out.
I’m more interested in seeing how other people react. It’s so funny when you take a step outside what the majority consider “normal”. I heard someone say that if most people around think that you’re crazy, you’re probably doing something right. Hopefully that’s true!