It might come as a surprise for my meat-eating friends, but the best thing about being vegetarian is The Food! Although I think that gave it away considering the collage I’ve made.
I wrote a post about being vegetarian 3 years ago and pretty much everything is the same. The only thing that changed is that now I have a pair of off road trainers and I don’t need hiking boots. All my shoes are faux leather.
The only regret is the same, not turning vegetarian sooner. As I said, for me, the best thing is the food. I love food, I love cooking, I love baking, I love watching TV shows (even though usually they cook meat, I can find an interesting idea on the veggies they use). It’s a passion that evolved in time and most of it after I was free of the idea of cooking meat. I was looking for recipes before, but looking for vegetarian recipes is more fun; there are so many different ingredients that I can use. Cooking became exciting.
In the post I wrote 3 years ago I made a list of veggies I eat and now this is even bigger because I actively looked for new veggies. I should add: cavolo nero, green kale, okra (now I found a shop that sells it), samphire, rhubarb, asparagus, turnip, fennel. Some of them I tried before and didn’t like, but I found a way to cook them that I love and I would eat them again and again.
I went from salt, pepper and a few herbs to using more than 30 spices to add flavour to my food. Beside the ones on the racks I have a couple in the cupboard and I’m really considering getting another rack for spices.
One can wonder if I wasn’t able to do that before, while I was eating meat. Of course I could, but I didn’t, like so many people who are asking themselves “what should I have for dinner?” and come up with the same couple of dishes. I know how it feels, I’ve been in that situation.
Beside this, there are many more reasons to be happy I’m vegetarian. I feel better even when I don’t exercise and I don’t watch my diet as I should. I know I’m stronger and healthier. It was one of the best decisions I took.