I have been a slave to food, I’ve been fat and bulimic, I’ve been on diets and I’ve been to fitness classes.
The whole time, I’ve eaten meat. Since starting my fitness journey in early 2012 I have tried everything on the market to find what’s best for our bodies.

I’ve learnt a lot doing these things and the one thing that occurs is Fruit and Vegetables. We need them in our diets, it’s the one thing we NEVER cut out… and why is that?

Because it is what our bodies want, we were designed to eat fruit and vegetables. I’m not writing this to force you into being vegetarian or vegan I just want you to have the knowledge to make your own decisions freely.I have eaten meat for 22 years, I had no knowledge of our bodies coping with animal products and how we get them in shops.

Here is an inspiring video on vegan/ vegetarianism. Whether or not you want to become one, watch it and gain perspective of where your meat comes from (It’s not food, its meat).

10 Reasons to go vegetarian.

Animal cruelty awareness: 
This is probably the main thing for me, I have always been an animal lover and had no idea how they killed animals, I thought it was human, but after watching Gary’s video and then Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, Forks Over Knives etc.., I was enlightened. I will still eat chicken once a week but from locally farmed places. (It’s not great but it’s a start into vegetarianism).
I had a particular issue with the donkey’s in Santorini which pushed me towards veganism in 2016.
Weight loss
Eating meat is the one time you will eat a food item that has the highest percentage of fat compared to its other properties. For example, lentils per gram are highest in carbs than they are protein so we think of them as ‘carb-based’ foods. Meat is not a ‘protein-based’ food, it’s a fat based food.
Cutting meat and dairy mean you’re cutting a huge amount of fat out of your diet, so naturally you will lose weight. Again, this is important for me, I can eat plates of food for under 1000 calories, which means my belly is full but it’s low fat so I am still losing weight.
Have a look at my Instagram feed for the portion sizes I am eating at the moment.
It’s the best way of getting nutrients: 
Fruits and veg are packed with ALL the nutrients you need in your diet, as long as it is balanced (like all diets should be) citrus fruit, fibres – Fiber is a massive part of being full, on any diet. Proteins, pulses, roots ect.
Meats + Chemicals = Food :
Animal products have to be sanitised, have growth hormones injected in them and a lot of other bad chemicals I won’t go into, vegetables are pure and simple, locally farmed and organic are best but even commercial fruits and veg are better than processed meats injected with water and chemicals.
Flavours:
The natural taste of a homemade bolognese or curry outweighs the greasy taste of processed meats and ready meals. For meal inspiration why not check my foods section or follow my foodie Pinterest boards.
Body problems:
Have you ever eaten a burger, fish and chips, pizza and felt sluggish? Felt bloated? Constipated?
Meat and fat go together, meat and grease laden foods make our bodies work extra hard to break down the fat and find a place to store it. Which leaves no energy to make sure our bodies are capable of getting up and moving about.
On the flipside, fruit and veg are easily digestible leaving us refreshed and rejuvenated.
Vegetables are cheaper then meat
Have you ever seen a steak that’s cheaper then a bag of quorn mince? Or a bag of potatoes? How about a chicken that’s cheaper than a family sized quiche? Or a cheese pizza?
No? Exactly.
Livestock is costly to raise and slaughter (let’s call it what it is) but Vegetables grow in the ground and are fairly easy to harvest which makes them much cheaper!
Ease of Access -Homegrown
You can grow your own fruit and veg, its an activity for kids and its great to see the foods you grow on your plate. I personally have apples, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, garlic, leeks, onions, broccoli,cauli, peppers and tomatoes. Invest your time in yourself, your health.
To show others how easy this change can be if you replace meat with plant-proteins, soy and quorn being the main ones you can be vegetarian. Try Any of these amazing vegan meat alternatives like Sausage rolls, Burgers, Pot noodles and cakes..
It took me two years after this to go Vegan but I am! You can learn about my journey into veganism and where I am now.

PurelyAmy

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