Sunday, 9 February 2014

Conscious Eating


I am not vegan but I eat very little meat, from what meat I do eat, red meat is a rare occurrence. If I were to eat a sausage it would be an organic, sulfate free, gluten free, lactose free sausage. The only other processed meat I will eat is Bacon and I don't eat it every day. I stay away from processed junk food, I have not eaten a McDonald's for a very long time but I have had an organic free range beef burger recently. I also eat free range eggs. On the flip side just because the packaging on a food says it's a vegan or healthy alternative if the ingredient list is full of additives, I try to stay away from it.

If I were to eat a cake or dessert I would prefer it to be homemade so there are not any preservatives in it. I also let myself have a few treats that are simply treats, as I know I would be unhappy if I limited myself so strictly. If I eat something I deem as junk, I will detox the next day. It is so important to be open minded towards yourself and forgive yourself. You are allowed treats. Just be mindful of what you are putting in your body.

Eating a variety of natural whole foods is essential for me to feel well.

Its a personal choice to whether you eat meat or not. I believe that if you want to eat meat you have to understand where it is coming from and how the animals have lived.

I try to eat a whole food, plant based diet with at least one one meal a day being vegan which often ends up being twice a day. I cook omnivore meals for the boyfriend as he still eats more meat then I do.

My favourite cookbooks are actually vegan and he is really supportive in trying what vegan meals I have cooked for dinner. We love chickpea burgers and vegetable curry etc.

If I'm on my own for the weekend it often ends up being vegan day, if I don't have an egg as a snack.

I don't preach at people, I don't say you shouldn't eat that to a friend who is chomping on a steak because everyone is welcome to eat what they want. I just know that eating a lot of animal products everyday doesn't physically agree with me.

I really don't like labels but if I had to label myself, I would like to think of myself as a conscious, mindful eater. 

As long as you understand where your meat is coming from, how they are killed and are appreciative of what you are eating, I believe it is your right to eat it. I think it is naive and obnoxious to have the belief that we as humans, are on the top of the food chain and don't have to care about where our food comes from. We are not at the top of the food chain. If we were living out in the wild surrounded by animals, we would have to fight to survive equally with the predators around us.

There are a lot of meat free meals that are sustaining, full of protein and delicious. I also find that I am more creative when cooking meat-free dishes.

To me it is all about being healthy inside and out.

6 comments:

  1. This is a fantastic post. Whether we are vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, how much healthier would we all be if we ate mindfully and with conscience :-) x

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    1. Thank You Annie, I think with everything in life if you making conscious choices we would all be a lot happier x

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  2. Hiya :) love this and your attitude towards food and life :) I'm currently exploring the wonderful benefits of a whole foods based diet, though I'm not vegan, so I can really relate to this :) love the blog, exquisitely written x

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    1. Thank you for such a wonderful comment! I'm currently studying nutritional therapy and am passionate what food can do for everyone inside and out! I'm glad you are enjoying the blog. xx

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  3. I've been a strict vegetarian for half of my life. I wanted to participate in Veganuary (Vegan for January) but due to emotional and health reasons I couldn't so I'm going to make April a vegan month and hopefully the rest of the year maybe.

    I have no issue with people eating what they like as long as they know the process of how that animal came to be on their plate. I also hate it when people say "eating dog/cat/non "normal" eating animal is so wrong" whilst they happily munch a bacon butty.
    What you eat shouldn't be based on cuteness or anything silly like that. Pigs are more intelligent than 5 year old humans (and dogs) yet people don't seem to take issue with pork.

    At school we used to watch documentaries on the process of carrots. Why not the process of chicken nuggets? Grrrr! Really rattles my cage haha.

    Finally I also really don't like it when people say "Why don't you eat fish? Vegetarians eat fish." No, they don't. It's proven that fish have emotions and feel pain just like mammals and birds. The Vegetarian Society even define vegetarians as those who eat no fish, shellfish, by-products (gelatin and e120 etc) so no. No fish.

    Know where your food comes from and eat what you like. That's what I believe. Rant over.

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    1. Hi Helen, thank you so much for you reply. I agree that we should be taught in school where our food comes from. Not just meat production but also processed foods etc. It would equip us all with essential knowledge for life that so many people still don't and sometimes never learn themselves.

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