Today’s blog post is a guest post from Olivia! I’ve never had anyone guest post on my blog before but if you would like to, email me/check out my ‘contact‘ page 🙂. Anyway, onto the post. Olivia talks about the benefits of being vegetarian – make sure you check out her blog too 💗
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I have followed a vegetarian diet for almost 6 years now, and wow I can’t believe how fast the time has flown. Deciding to be vegetarian was a decision that I made over quite a long period of time. It’s not something I dove into and did straight away. As with anything in life, slow and steady wins the race. One of the things I didn’t do before I decided to give up meat, was any research. Now it’s totally your choice if you want to do that, but it’s not even something I thought of. There is this bias online, where if you search for vegetarian benefits, it will probably show you the reasons why you shouldn’t be vegetarian first. That’s just the way online searches are. The world wants us to continue to consume meat.
As a way of introduction, my name’s Olivia and I am a lifestyle blogger at www.olivialucieblake.com. Over on my blog, I share posts on many different topics such as life, body positivity, mental health and so much more. I am so happy to be here today and guest posting on Caroline’s blog. I have been following Caroline for a while now and was so happy when this opportunity came around. For today’s post, I thought I would go through the benefits I have experienced following a vegetarian diet. Please remember I am no expert at this, which is why I am sharing my own experience rather than what you’d find on google!
Pretty much as soon as I cut out meat, I started to notice I felt so much more energised. No longer was I in a food coma after every meal. I remember how uncomfortable I would feel after eating a burger or chicken, and it was not pleasant. I’m not sure if it was just my stomach or it’s a thing that happens to everyone, but after I gave up meat I have not once felt like that. I guess another good thing is that I don’t get full really fast too. Of course, this depends on what food I’m eating, but generally, when I eat a vegetarian meal, I don’t get filled up quickly. Which is great for saving room for dessert Haha!
Having increased energy was a real benefit for me because it means that I am able to get more done in the day. I don’t feel like I need to sleep for longer and it actually helped my overall wellbeing and mental health a lot. Which is an unexpected bonus!
Trying new foods
Since following a vegetarian diet it’s meant that almost all of the foods I used to enjoy are now off the menu. Which means experimenting more with meals and new ingredients. It’s so much fun learning and trying new foods that I see this as such a major benefit of being vegetarian. When meat is no longer an option it gives you more of a reason to experiment and try new and different foods you wouldn’t normally.
I am probably the worst vegetarian because I HATE mushrooms. And mushrooms are in everything vegetarian. So that gave me even more of a push to keep trying new things. The great thing about being vegetarian is the new options we have available to us. When I first cut out meat the only real food company here in the UK to choose from was Quorn. And although their stuff was good, their selection wasn’t too big. Now in 2021, it’s amazing to see supermarket isles with dedicated spaces for veggie and vegan food options. It’s amazing to see how the demand has grown so much.
You save money
We all like to save money, don’t we? One of the biggest differences I have found from being vegetarian is how much cheaper it is. Meat can be so expensive, but swapping to a veggie diet is a lot cheaper. I have saved so much money from not eating meat. It’s especially great when going out for meals at restaurants. Next time you’re out, just have a look at the menu and see how the meat dish prices compare to the veggie prices. Research shows that you will reduce your spend on food by almost £4,000 if you decide to switch to vegetarian only. How amazing is that?
Are you vegetarian? Have you ever considered trying a vegetarian diet?
Thanks so much again Caroline for hosting me on your blog today. I hope you all enjoy the post and I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Don’t forget to head over to my blog and say hello!