When I met my boyfriend, he was a vegetarian. It wasn’t something I had ever considered before, mainly because I like bacon so much, but after dating him a few months, I decided to give it a try. I liked the idea that it might make me eat healthier and I also liked the idea that I could be lessening the burden of some poor animal somewhere.
It’s definitely more difficult to find things to eat. I felt like I was always online trying to find a new recipe or a new way of eating something. I’ve realized that I’m a pretty lazy person when it comes to food, and that doesn’t necessarily mesh well with being vegetarian.
I ended up finding a few things that I loved to eat and Quinoa was one of them. I would still really like to learn how to make it and use it in meals because the only time I have eaten it, it was prepared by someone else. I’ve already mentioned the Kale and Quinoa salad I found at one of my favorite sandwich joints. There is also a grocery store near my house that offers a pretty fresh, healthy deli (for a grocery store) and they make a killer quinoa salad. It has a lot of vinegar in it, which is probably why I like it so much.
I enjoyed being a vegetarian, but my body didn’t. I had some serious stomach issues and decided it wasn’t worth the time and trouble just to feel sick all the time. Maybe I wasn’t doing it correctly. Maybe I wasn’t getting enough nutrients in what I was eating. I don’t really know. I just know that once I added meat back into my diet, I had way less problems.
I am grateful I tried it, though, and all the wonderful new foods it turned me onto. I don’t think I would have tried as many different things if I hadn’t made the change in my life, even if it was for just a year. It might be something I will do again, but I’m going to be much more cautious and wary about it the next time.
Have you ever made a change in your life that turned you onto new foods that you wouldn’t have otherwise tried? I’d love to hear your stories!