Many years ago I experienced trouble eating red meat. Every time I attempted to cook a streak or mince I would be physically sick. Obviously this scared the hell out of me as I am a born and breed farm girl and we’ve had both beef and dairy cattle. Just to be on the safe side I had a pregnancy test and confirmed I wasn’t pregnant but still had no idea why I couldn’t handle cooking red meat.
I still to this day struggle to cook any form of red meat at home and for many years have either gone out for steak or had someone else cook it for me. Even then it was only a couple of times a month that I can physically stomach consuming red meat.
On a recent trip to Vietnam I was looked inwards and started making a number of changes in my life. Though going vegetarian wasn’t really in my thoughts it was whilst sitting in a little cafe eating a pho with pork strips that I realised I didn’t want to eat meat of any sort for a little while.
Vegetarian June then came to life.
Looking up what vegetarianism meant to the wider community I realised there were many different forms and motives related to why people choose not to eat meat or animal products. I was not choosing to go vegetarian from an individual ethical point of view. Rather this was a desire not to consume meat for a period of time therefore I decided I would be an ovo-lacto vegetarian.
Ovo-lacto vegetarianism includes animal/dairy products such as eggs, milk, and honey. The terminology stems from the Latin lac meaning “milk” as in ‘lactation’, ovum meaning “egg”, and the term vegetarian, so as giving the definition of a vegetarian diet containing milk and eggs.
Only five days in and the only thing that has caused me a little discomfort is the fact that I have 10 rashers of bacon in my freezer. I am going to take these offending little pieces of meat, that are causing me to not want to open the freezer to get anything out, into work for one of the girls to take home. The idea of this meat taunting me for the rest of the month is not appealing and neither is the thought of throwing out perfectly good food for someone else to consume.
The body however does do strange things when you change its normal diet. Headaches and a few body pains but I feel lighter and less bloated after a meal.
The interesting thing for me is that my life list contains being a vegetarian for 6 months, so whilst I choose to be vegetarian for the month of June and I now have only 25 days to go…. wonder if I will want to consume meat after this! I might just be able to check off another goal on my life list.