I used to be a vegetarian. For the four years I was at University, I was a veggie. Until then I wasn’t that keen on meat anyway and decided just to commit to vegetarianism. I stopped after about 4 years and constantly get asked why did you stop so heres a guide.
Where’s the Veggie Options?
Restaurants clearly think by vegetarian option, we mean Macaroni Cheese. For too long I was left with only having macaroni cheese as the option of food in restaurants. Now I cannot eat cheese I am not entirely sure what I would eat. The best rubbish veggie option I ordered was a ‘veggie burger’ – this was a large mushroom on a roll. What is this! The worst time is going on Christmas Night Outs and set meals, everyone was getting steaks and turkey and massive plates of food, and I am left with essentially a salad that must have cost £2 to make. This leads me to my second point.
Why am I still hungry?
Vegetarian food was never filling enough. I mean if you stuff loads of beans onto your plate they are filling, but also have a smelly side effect. I never really felt full or satisfied as a vegetarian. Maybe I was doing it wrong.
Do I have to cook again?
So this is just a me thing. Because there was a lack of suitable veggie options, I had to fend for myself rather than relying on other people to cook for me. I was too lazy to do this, this is probably why I was still hungry. I did find a takeaway place across the road, I just phoned them and said Hey! It’s Steph the Vegetarian and they would send across a banquet. That was good.
Why did I not realise meat was so tasty?
One reason I became a vegetarian was because I didn’t really like it. I was wrong I was just eating the wrong kinds of meat. I hated chicken because it was too dry. But steak! Thats a whole new ball game! I love steak admittedly once I tried steak I renounced my vegetarianism and now have decided that I just down eat much chicken. People find it bizarre that I eat my steak rare, although recently had Blue steak which was beautiful! This was because when I was at school a man from Scotch Beef came into my cooking class and made us taste the difference in rare, medium and well done. Honestly a rare steak is so beautiful and tasty.
Why am I so Awkward?
I have talked before about how much of an introvert I am. The vegetarianism was causing too much of a focal point for me and I had to keep requesting meat free dishes when I went places. Or if I went round to peoples houses they had to cater for me. Except one family member who shall remain nameless once bought me a veggie alternative to burgers… Ham Pizzas.
Why am I so Ill?
When I was younger I used to faint a lot! I had low blood pressure and I was always ill. Looking back I don’t think I was getting enough nutrients that meat provides. I wasn’t well. Now I know vegetarians can take supplements and live very healthy but remember I am lazy.
There it is why I am no longer a vegetarian. Admittedly I do still often prefer the veggie option over the other options. Especially if a restaurant has made an effort to think of something for the veggies. I always go for a veggie curry in Indians – because a lot of the time the person that has prepared you meal is probably a vegetarian themselves so its always really tasty.
I do feel for the vegetarians, I feel they get a bad reputation but they have to work harder than carnivores. Unfortunately I am too lazy to do so!