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


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…


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