Why I tried to be a vegetarian but failed miserably…

If you’ve been coming here more often, you might have noticed that the amount of meat recipes was starting to dwindle to a full stop. The reason was that I decided to become a vegetarian somewhere in february of this year. I had been watching too many documentaries highlighting the state of the cattle industry and I was shocked, disgusted and decided I didn’t want to take part in all that animal cruelty. And so I did. I became vegetarian overnight. And in essence it is really not that hard, I like to cook and cooking without meat, chicken or fish has never been too much of an issue for me. I didn’t eat that much meat before anyway.

However: as time progressed and I even tried out vegan for 30 days I started to miss the options. Not meat perse. More the idea of cooking with whatever product you want. Plus I do recipe development as well and that is hard to do if you cannot taste what you’re creating. But that was not the reason I decided to stop being vegetarian full time.

It started in Denmark I think. I got presented with the option to eat fish or go full veggie. And I chose the fish. Than we went to Italy where vegetarian can be a challenge unless you are willing to eat pasta twice a day. So I did. I ate pasta twice a day and the occasional fish.

After coming home from good old Italy, I  gained 6 kilo by eating pasta twice a day, a gelato once or twice a day and wine every evening. Not surprising but still somewhat annoying. So we decided to do a reset and chose to do another whole30.

You cán do a vegetarian whole30 but to be quite honest I found that weird and cheating to begin with. So I was left with a problem. Would I go for the fish/egg version of the whole30? That is still a full whole30 in contrast to the one where you do a veggie version but consume legumes instead. You probably already guess which one I picked. And then I decided I wanted a bit more options than just the fish. Not a big fish eater so the prospect of eating fish for 30 days didn’t sound all that appealing. So I went online and bought chicken through a sustainable and organic source. Local too. And that – I think – is officially the end of my vegetarian period.

I still eat limited meat. Haven’t eaten pork or cow as of yet. But it does feel kind of liberating to know that I can, if I want to.

I can sometimes set really weird and strict rules for myself. I mean… who cares if I do or do not eat a piece of fish once in a while? And why does how I eat  have to have a label anyway??

But there you have it: I tried vegetarian for a little less than half a year and failed. It does feel a bit like failure. Even though I’ve become much more aware of the way animals are treated and will not buy meat that I don’t know for sure has been properly treated before and after becoming meat. It still feels wrong.

Even though the idea of eating a hamburger again at some point in the future, fills me with incredible joy. I guess I just have to stop whining and see what the future brings…

End of rant…

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over. She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats. Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer

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