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Stories from the yoga path: the one where I change my diet

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I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions that require you to turn your life upside down in January. Because January is a b**** of a month. It’s cold, it’s grey and everything seems to be tainted by a slightly depressing post Christmas hangover. January is the month of December’s credit card bill, it’s the month of elasticated waistbands (yay for the current “athleisure” trend!) and of blocking out memories of snogging that guy from accounts at the Christmas party.

So why on earth would you make yourself more miserable by going dry? Who really wants to replace food by green slush slurped through a straw, let alone in January? Why would you force your lungs to adept to a 5k run at -2 degrees C when the last sportive activity they have seen was a spot of ping pong during that summer holiday in Wales last July?

However, with January well behind us and February too (how did THAT happen?), I am running out of excuses.

So, what’s new this March? The biggest change I have made recently was to go veggie. Yes, I have become a vegetarian, or a pescetarian, to be a little more precise. It’s been a long time coming. To begin with, I didn’t eat pork and only very little red meat anyway. I never seemed to crave it and it didn’t seem to sit well in my stomach. And now, with all this yogic awareness training going on, being in denial about what really feels good and what doesn’t, has become increasingly difficult. Lastly, I read this article about a documentary concerning a slaughterhouse and had enough. No more meat for me, thank you very much.

I feel OK eating sensibly sourced fish, as I would go out myself with a rot, catch a fish, kill and empty it – not a problem. Would I kill a cow or a chicken? No. Having said that, I am almost sure I’ll be reborn as a fish next time round. That’ll teach me…

One of the reasons why I didn’t become a vegetarian earlier is that I felt I had to really think this through. I know too many vegetarians who live of cheese sandwiches, pasta and biscuits. Needless to say that this can’t be good for you. A mainly plant based diet requires some thorough thought and planning – especially if you lead a very active lifestyle – and a bit of time in the kitchen.

I am only a week and something in, but so far it has been great. I am trying out lots of new recipes, which, of course, I shall be happy to share with you.

Namaste, my lovelies 🙂

I am also off coffee (even decaf), tea and alcohol. Another one of these ‘can you deny that this is bad for you’ moments…

17 Comments

  1. This is amazing. Good for you! I’m not sure if I could ever go full veggie – we’re traversing through the Paleo diet right now (however, I still eat the occasional nibble of cheese), and I’ve definitely reduced my coffee and tea intake, but I’m not so sure I could get rid of it fully. Congrats on your life changes 🙂

  2. Big M says

    Let me just
    1) devour the last piece of my Sirloin
    2) top up my Jack Daniels
    3) finish watching Top Gear
    and I will drink to new diets…

  3. Natalie says

    Deborah eating Vege for me just opened so many door to explore lots of things I did not cook with before.
    It took a while to get there of feeling like my diet was a bit boring as I rarely eat fish but I feel so much healthier and have more energy.
    I have had 2 meat relapses but the way I felt just confirmed vegetarian is the way forward!
    The choice came from wanting to have an association to my food, and from the poor quality of meat that is on offer and poorly treated animals.

  4. Natalie says

    P.S would be interested what your feelings are and become about your children’s diets and if you change them or not and why!!

  5. My oldest son is veggie so we cook a lot of veggie stuff to include him. I love really good veggie food. Unfortunately he doesn’t like vegetables much so it’s proving a bit of a challenge to find stuff he wants to eat. How can you be a vegetarian and not like vegetables?

  6. I am slightly biased because I have a January birthday and so hate the whole nobody drinking, or eating and everyone being miserable in January thing

    Spring, with the renewal of the year always feels like a better time to start resolutions

  7. That all sounds very healthy and good and I wish you all the best with it.
    I think I could give up meat and even alcohol, but coffee and especially tea would be hard. Although The Doctor tells me there is no evidence coffee is bad for you — so if you want some, have it!

  8. Cath says

    I have recently become vegetarian…my 5 year old daughters decision.She felt quite strongly about this and we want to support her.My diet is much healthier these days and more varied .Completely agree with you re January.I feel as if I have only truly woken up these last few weeks and life seems to be so much easier…everything is less of an effort.After several winters feeling like this I am convinced I suffer from SAD

  9. Eating consciously requires lots of planning, no matter which path you choose. Nowadays it’s so hard to get clean food without additives, that it’s really hard to avoid ingredients you don’t want to consume. I have Celiac and I can testify that that is certainly the case when it comes to glutenous grains!

    Good luck on your path to vegetarianism, or pescarianism 🙂

  10. Good for you! I was a vegetarian through a fair bit of my twenties, although one that ate biscuits (which no doubt had animal fats in them) and a lot of other rubbish but now I’m back there again and so much healthier for it. It’s amazing what yoga does for you when you have to consider what you put in your mouth before trying to fold your body over like a pretzel! Look forward to some recipes 🙂

  11. So much has changed in your life since I last visited.
    I’m over to add you to my RSS feed as I’m back in blogland.
    I look forward to reading more about your exciting new life.

  12. Good for you 🙂 love to hear when people are happy with the changes in their life. I’ve been trying for some time to go vegetarian too but I always come back to the meat I guess it’s not my thing. In one thing I’m sure though I can not go on with my life without a cup of coffee in the morning 😀

  13. Fab, I did this before Christmas, my husband is a pescetarian and I read a lot on it and the health benefits, I lost weight, skin is better than ever and it really suits me. My kids still eat organic red meat but they mostly follow our diet and I don’t miss meat a dot x

  14. Good for you. I’ve really recommitted to the yoga cause over the last few weeks, practising every day and intend to do that here on out. I used to be a veggie and am seriously thinking of going back to it again, but like you it’s going to take some thinking – I want to do it properly too. X

  15. Oh good luck, would love to know how it’s going. I think I could quite happily give up meat, however the husband doesn’t feel it is a meal without meat. When he’s not home I eat totally differently. Good luck! I bet your tummy is beautifully flat with all this yoga too. I am jealous, despite being slim, I still have a tum due to cake and biscuit habit xx

  16. Changing one’s diet to promote a healthy lifestyle is a challenge, and a lot of people will certainly support your goal and desire of living healthy and smart. You are correct in saying that changing your diet requires a lot of planning and time in the kitchen. You need to make sure that you have all the necessary vitamins and minerals that your body needs, nutrients that you have to mix and match in order to compensate for the absence of meat in your diet. Keep it up and good luck to you. You can do it!

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