After going ‘cold-turkey’ and excluding meat and seafood from my meals in January, I’ve managed to last 32 weeks!
I’ve been able to try out foods I’d never usually go for, or eat foods that I thought I hated. Tofu being one of them.
Over these months, I’ve learned that I really only miss one animal food group: seafood. I miss prawns, I miss lobster, I miss sea bass, I miss my mum’s fried yam with pepper sauce and mackerel. The pepper sauce just isn’t the same without fish!
I think I’ll be returning to seafood once in a while, but not too often because this meatless lifestyle has been very agreeable with my bank account.
The challenge of not eating meat and seafood was easier when I was living away from home (in a place with not much variety). But now that I’m back in London, there are just so many restaurants and food markets I can visit – right on my doorstep.
The difference this time is that I’ll approach these places to eat with an open mind. Last year, you’d never catch me eating at a vegan restaurant – in fact, I was definitely turning my nose up at them. But now, I can say I’m that little bit more adventurous, and a lot more willing to try out different cuisines.