Hello, my lovelies and welcome to the second installment of Teatime Tuesdays, a place where I get down and person about various things.
This week, the lovely tweeters over at twitter voted that I talk about my Vegetarianism and why I chose to give up eating meat and fish for good.
So without any further into, here are just some of the reasons as to…
The answer is very simply really; I didn’t like the way animals were treated and killed. I’m also uncomfortable with the idea that animals die just so I can eat when there are many many other alternatives. I find the entire industry wasteful too, something I have a serious problem with.
But enough of that heavy talk, let me take you back to when 14 year old me loved stuffing her face with steak and pepper sauce whenever we were at a pub or restaurant, and was starting to become her own person.
I had always loved animals, having spent most of my childhood studying and preparing myself to be a Zoologist, a career I decided not to pursue last minutes for reasons that are neither here nor there. Growing up in rural Wales, I was always surrounding by sheep. When I was around 10, I had a favourite lamb that lived in the field beside my grandmothers house, and would feed it whenever I went over. One Sunday, however, it was gone, and as I sat at the dinner table, eating my lamb Sunday dinner I remember feeling very very sad. I wouldn’t turn vegetarian for a long while after, but it was certainly the start of my rumination about the meat industry.
Flash-forward to when 15 year old Naomi decided to go vegetarian for a week. I was determined! I even went up to my closest friends, excitedly saying ‘Hey, guys! Let’s go vegetarian together for a week!’ looking for a support network. It got a little awkward, however, when it turns out one of my friends was already a vegetarian, and had been from birth. Needless to say they never let me live it down. My first attempt at being vegetarian ended in a cheese filled fail. During a visit to my mothers, she had unthinkingly made me my favourite snack, a toasted bagel with Philadelphia cheese and yes, you guessed it, bacon. I only noticed half way through eating and thinking it was too late and that the treat was far too tasty, I abandoned the cause and dug into my bacon delight.
However, less than a year later I would venture into the world of vegetarianism once more, and this time It would stick. Inspired by a girl in my art class, whom I thought was far too cool to be my friend, I began to think about vegetarianism in a much more serious light, and after giving in and watching a horrific video of how some animals are treated in various farms I was put off completely. There was no deterring me from from the path of the herbivore. A few months into it, I tried a sausage at my mothers incessant pleas to give meat one more go. She promised that if I tried and didn’t like it, she would never bother me again about not eating meat and would, from that day on, showing nothing but acceptance I tried, found it repulsive and true to her word she has supported me ever since.
Being a vegetarian has made me a healthier person, inside. A big change I noticed straight away was how light I felt, no longer weighed down my the heaviness of meat. I did, however, have to take iron supplements for a while, and I would advise this for anyone who wants to go vegetarian or vegan for the first time. Being a Veggie for me has opened my eyes to so many new foods, foods I never would have even considered eating. Don’t get me wrong, at times it really does get frustrated, especially living in Japan, but it’s worth it. It has always been worth it and it always will be worth it.
Being vegetarian is a part of my identity, a part of what makes me, me. I could never imagine not being a vegetarian.
P.s. Vegetarian food is also amazingly delicious and much more varied than you would ever imagine.
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Don’t forget to check out last weeks rendition of Teatime Tuesdays where I take you guys on a journey of My Day.