Over the last few months it has really started to dawn on me how much of a carnivore I am. I have been aware of my probably-too-high red meat consumption over the last year, and coupled with the realisation that at least 2 meals revolve around meat, I have realised something needs to change. For my health (I believe meat is good for many of us, but I do think I need to moderate a little more) and environmental reasons I have decided to try out cutting down on my meat consumption.
To get this into perspective, I thought I’d talk about my current average week. It involves a lot of chicken- health-wise, I haven’t got a problem with that. It would then probably include at least one meal with beef mince, a meal involving chorizo, maybe a pork sausage breakfast and some bacon here and there. I’ll have a couple of tuna pastas a week, but despite the fact I adore fish, I never eat it as much as I’d love to. Although the ways I eat the meat are always generally fresh and healthy, I need to switch it up.
In lowering my meat consumption, I intend to up my fish intake. I love fish and on top of that, it’s exam month- I need the stuff to help my brain chug along. I’m not going to exactly measure this (this can’t be a strict thing or I’ll eat a whole chorizo in one day) but I want to have a maximum of one meat-involving meal every day. I aim for a lot of days to involve switching this maximum of one to some kind of fish. I want to have a maximum of two fish meals or one meat and one fish meal- at least one meal a day has to be meat-less. If not two. If not three.
Admin done, I want to outline some changes I want to make:
- Eat a maximum of one red-meat containing meal a week
- (For this month at least) swap pork sausages for chicken or turkey sausages
- Eat turkey rashers, not bacon (I’ve really gone off the stuff!)
I’m massively into incorporating vegan and vegetarian dishes into my diet- even if it hasn’t recently seemed like it. I’m hoping this little test will mean I get back into my summery favourites: big, fulfilling salads, Buddha bowls and quinoa-inspired dishes (of course, this is not all that veganism/vegetarianism is about- just a few of my favourites). I had a super interesting chat with my hairdresser about her turning vegan and I adored having two different perspectives on eating being discussed with no agenda. I love learning about alternative ways of eating and I want to incorporate more and more “different” (in comparison to mainstream meat-eater lifestyles) into my every day.
This lifestyle adventure began yesterday and I’m excited to see where my head and body are at in a month’s time. I will be recording my every day menu in my journal. Yesterday got off to a flying start. Although the picture says I had chicken sausages (meal planning doesn’t always work!) I ate no meat, which although isn’t a notable achievement, it’s a baby step in the direction of not relying on and falling back onto meat. I am posting every day in May as well so this month of change could lead to me sat quietly in the corner, stressed, and eating 5 steaks on one fork. (It won’t.) (Hopefully.)
~ Kat ~