When I said on instagram that I was vegetarian, I received many questions. Most of them were “how did you did it ? I lasted only 10 days”
I’m vegetarian since 8 months now, but in reality I’m more a “95% vegetarian”. A year ago, I tried to be 100% vegetarian, 0 cheats. In the end, I didn’t last long as I was so frustrated. 8 months ago, I decided to play it differently.
I decided to start with something that I was sure to be able to achieve. Which was to completely cut meat out of my diet. Progressively I took away fish and I’m a lot less harsh with myself when I eat a bit of meat. So I still eat meat/fish maybe once or twice o month. When I go to a really nice sushi restaurant, well I have sushi. Or when my mother makes chicken for Christmas, well I have chicken.
Go slowly and not put pressure on yourself from the start
The advantage of this “95% method”, which I recommend to everyone wanting to become vegetarian, is to go slowly and not put pressure on yourself from the start. You’re better off holding out for a few months by cutting your consumption of meat and fish down by 95% than trying to go completely meat-free straight off and creating frustration for yourself.
It’s the same for veganism. Since I saw “The Game Changer” on Netflix, I’ve really wanted to become vegan. The gap here is extremely harsh I find. So what I did is decide to stop ordering food where the main ingredient is cheese or eggs. Such as omelets or a cheese boards, for example. On the other hand, when there is a bit of cheese on a pizza or in pasta, I eat it anyway. So I’m a vegan who cheats occasionally, once or twice a week still, but it’s getting better week after week.
For me, the positive impact has been on my health. I have a lot less digestion problems after eating, I feel on better form and I’ve lost quite a bit of weight. Essentially body fat. I started the Iron Man training at the same time so it may be correlated.
In any case, I feel great. I don’t want to eat meat anymore. The last time I went to a meat restaurant, everyone was eating meat and I really didn’t want any. I would go as far as saying that it disgusted me.
Good for you, good for the planet
I do this for myself and for the planet. I really think that reducing our consumption of meat is something that can really help when you see the impact that bovine agriculture has and how the animals are treated. It’s incredible.
It’s also for my mind. We’ve been persuaded that milk helps our bones grow stronger, and that you must eat meat for iron and protein but that’s just not true. Now that we are more educated, that science has progressed, that there has been more studies on the subject, we realise that it’s time to change our ways.
Even if, yes, I ate meat no longer than a year ago, but it’s only idiots that never change their mind.
If I can offer any advice, it’s to go slowly. Maybe starting off by only stopping meat or just eating fish and meat twice a week, for example. This can also be a way of doing it. Go slowly rather than cutting off right away, like me a year ago, and ending up back at square one.
I’m very happy to be a vegetarian, and I’ve seen, at least in the big cities lots of restaurants with vegetarian options. Before, I found it complicated. I don’t know if it’s just my perception but now when I go to a restaurant there are lots of nice vegetarian options.
If you have any questions, post them down in the comment section below the video on IG and I’ll answer with pleasure.