So Recently I decided to go vegetarian
For those who know me this was quite a big shock. I am probably the last person people would expect to give up meat. I love meat, the taste the texture, the nutritional profile (because I’m a nerd). I have done eating challenges of wings, steak, burgers and would have safely said meat was an integral part of my diet especially when eating out.
When eating out I would rely on it as a convenient and easy way to ensure I get my protein intake in, especially chicken and beef. I would be the first person you would think of when it came time to eat steak (not because I am a Meat Head).
But yet I’ve decided to give it up… why?
I’m not going to go into a moral debate on here as to my reasoning behind it. There are so many arguments over this subject and this is not what I want to get into on this post. The only relevant reason to this post as to why I gave it up is:
because I can!
You do not require “meat” to stay healthy or to build muscle. What you require is protein, and yes meat is a great source of complete protein but there are also many other sources of protein which can more than adequately fulfil my requirements.
Where will I get my Protein from?
Lentils, chickpeas, cannellini beans, rice, peas, kidney beans, broccoli, eggs, milk, yoghurt, pasta, wheat, soy, peanuts, cashews, almonds the list goes on and on.
Meat is not the only source of protein and you will be surprised at how much of your own protein intake is gathered from none meat sources.
How will I make sure I am getting my protein requirements?
Due to the fact I track my Macros (that is that I count the protein, carbs and fats in everything I eat) I will have a very accurate understanding of my nutritional balance, exactly the same as I would if I were still eating meat, I am just choosing to get my protein from a different source.
The major consideration here is that if I choose to get my protein from beans and pulses, I have to account for the fact I am getting my protein alongside my carbohydrates. Lean meats are a source of protein only and other meats contain fats, now I have to anticipate my carbohydrate intake will be coupled with my protein intake in whole foods.
Of course, this can be fixed by using refined sources such as soy protein or dairy but just something to consider.
I have wanted to do this for a while and finally ran out of excuses….so here we go a new chapter in my life.
This post is just a little update and I will go into much more detail in upcoming blogs.