I've been trying to find a decent food photo for this blog on my phone for the past five minutes, but seemingly all I ever photograph is cake. Oh well, let's agree to use our imaginations.
I embarked on my vegetarian voyage in late January so I've been going strong for six months now. Okay, I've slipped up a few times because the Willy Wonkas of the world seem to find it impossible to make sweets without using gelatine. *shakes fist* Aside from that, I've remained on the straight and narrow. (Straight and marrow...?)
I grew up with a vegetarian mother and a father who will eat pretty much anything. I ended up quite firmly in the middle, before cutting out more and more meats throughout my teenage years until I ended up only eating chicken and turkey at about 16/17. I had two very straightforward reasons for not ditching the goujons:
#1: I really love chicken.
#2: I was already underweight; how could I cut out the only protein I get?
These are not so much reasons as excuses, and they were both undone by the one and only Joaquin Phoenix. Yes, Joaquin Phoenix. An incredible actor who's also a massive vegan. He narrated a documentary called Earthlings which I stumbled upon during a tearful Blackfish/The Cove marathon in January. I'm not sure I'd recommend it unless you need to be shocked into vegetarianism, and I haven't done any research into its facts and figures (which are all US-based, anyway.) But it worked for me and I took my baby steps into a life without chicken.
Chickpeas. Chickpeas are so underrated. A cup of chickpeas has 39 grams of protein. CHICKPEAS. Chickpeas have been there for me a lot over the past half-year, if you hadn't guessed.
Other things I eat a lot of: pasta, broccoli, chocolate, potatoes, couscous, vegetarian sausages, chocolate, eggs, bread, ice cream, whatever the cheapest thing in Sainsburys vegetarian freezer is...
Vegetarianism has been relatively easy. It turns out that when you tell people you're a vegetarian, refraining from eating complimentary chicken wings is not that difficult. And you know what? I've actually gained a tiny bit of weight. I owe it all to the chickpeas.