Friday, 27 August 2010

To Meat or Not To Meat - The Conclusion

So it is decided.....I am officially a vegetarian/pescatarian.

I went to Prezzo for lunch today with a friend.

I had spaghetti and meatballs.....I'd been looking forward to it for weeks.

Damn you and your luscious, juicy meatyness...

About an hour after my meal, my stomach started hurting.

Ten hours later, my stomach still hurts.

Ok, maybe the meatballs weren't cooked properly, or maybe I should have weaned myself onto something a bit lighter with only little bits of meat in it...? But it doesn't matter, because my stomach bloody hurts, I feel really uncomfortable and I don't like it.

No more meat for me.

I'm serious.

I actually am.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

To Meat or not to Meat.....part deux

So I'm reaching the end of my 'experiment' and I'm proud to say there have been no meat shakes sweats cravings. Alright, there was an incident where I walked past a KFC and was tempted to buy a chicken wing - really and truly, who would have known? But I resisted temptation, and went home and made scrambled eggs on toast for dinner instead.

I saw my mechanic yesterday (Black Betty has a small leakage problem - more on that later), and he told me I had lost weight and asked what I've been doing. Ok, my mechanic is in love with me, so he could have been trying to flatter me, but a girl at work also mentioned that my face is looking a bit slimmer so it must be the lack of meat, no?

So nearly a month later, how am I feeling? Lighter, healthier, my skin is clearing up, my clothes fit better and most importantly, my shopping bill is much cheaper, meaning I have more money to spend on SHOES!!

I can't walk in them, but when did that matter??

Let's see if I can make it 2 months without meat....I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

To Meat or Not To Meat??

I am a MAJOR carnivore - I cannot go a day without eating meat. It is the BEST food out there; fried/roast/jerk chicken, stewed beef, Christmas turkey, curry goat, roast lamb, oxtail stew, cowfoot....oh my goody goody gosh, I LOVE meat.

YUM - nuff said

Which is why I can't understand how I've become a vegetarian for the last 12 days...?

If I'm honest, I know some meat can be a bit fattening, and I've been trying to lose a couple of stone for the last 18 months now. But I can't resist coming home from work and taking a piece of chicken/beef/whatever from the pot of stew my mum's made, and chowing down on it like a rabid beast. However, a trip to my mechanic who I've known for about 5 years, got me thinking. When i went to see him earlier this year, he was looking a lot slimmer than usual. 'Dude, what you been doing?' I asked. 'I gave up meat babe, I watched this documentary about meat and all the crap they put in it put me off for life...I get my protein from other foods now, no more jerk for me babes.' At the time I thought to myself 'rather than you than me mate, meat is the best thing in the world.' The thought of not eating meat was alien to me. 'What are these 'vegetarians' you speak of??' I thought. My boss is a vegetarian and I always looked at her wondering if she knew what she was missing out on when she told me she didn't like the taste of meat - strange chick.

But despite all of that, the amount of weight my mechanic lost got me thinking it was meat I needed to cut out of my diet - maybe I needed to get my protein sources from elsewhere.

At the end of last month, I had a day off from work. I met up with a friend for a pub lunch and got a fish finger sandwich. Later, I carried out some errands, met up with more friends and got home around midnight. As I went to bed, I realised that I didn't have that bloated feeling I normally get in my stomach towards the end of the day - it dawned on me that meat had not passed my lips in 24 hours! This, my friends, was the first day of my month long meat ban. 

On day 2 I forgot I was on a meat ban. 

I went to a friends house and she made me a sausage sandwich - let's take a moment and pause as I remember how good that sandwich was....mmmmm..... Five minutes after eating it, I remembered what I had told myself the night before, 'No meat for a month, you idiot!!' But then my friend reassured me that I could continue with the ban and didn't need to punish myself. We went to Croydon and got a pizza - vegetarian of course. It was okay I guess, but pizza without pepperoni is an abomination to me. Anyway, I got through the day, and 12 days later, I have survived a meat free diet.

There are many advantages to this: I have lost weight, my shopping is cheaper, I don't feel so gassy and bloated anymore (attractive, I know). Of course, I have to plan my meals in advance, which means my shopping takes longer, but it's so worth it. In place of meat I've been eating beans, lentils and lots of fish. I'm satisfied after every meal, comfortably full in fact, and there's no need to undo my belt and sprawl out on the sofa anymore.

I have to admit though, meat substitutes are not cutting it for me. I can't fathom the idea of fake meat or tofu. But I'm so pleased with the results that I'm thinking of continuing the ban for another month. I'll let you know how I get on.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

I'm Back!!!!

Ola amigos! Oh, how much have I missed you?!?!

I still don’t have a computer yet, and I probably won’t have one until after Christmas, but seeing as I get into work at stupid o’clock, why not use my time wisely, get my fat arse into gear and blog from work, right?

A LOT has happened in the last 4 months – I am about to become an auntie, I am now a single lady, and I have become an experimental vegetarian (more on that later). As well as all that, I’m still going to gigs, still crazy about music and still in love with fashion, so not much has changed there....

I know I need to fix up (and look sharp – couldn’t help myself) and get back on the old blogger. This is more for me than it is for you (especially as I seem to have lost all my followers...come back!!), but I do hope you enjoy reading my opinions, so look out for more regular updates, reviews, rants etc coming soon!