Saturday, August 29, 2009

Veggie update

Last year I determined to give up eating meat. I know I made this decision last summer, but I had no idea when. Until I realized I had announced my decision on this blog. July 10th I gave up meat, and I did not notice I had hit a year as a veggie. A whole year, wow. In fact this is significant for 2 reasons. Not only have I not eaten meat in all that time, I have also not visited the US for 12 whole months either (well more like 14 now). Something I plan to rectify with a trip next month.

When I first made the decision a lot of people asked me things like "how long are you going to be veggie for?", a little insulting perhaps, but I made it to my one year anniversary. WooHoo!!! When I first told my family they were all concerned that I would somehow become malnourished due to a lack of meat, but I have survived.

So some of my tips and tricks. First off supermarkets are not the best place to shop for veggie meat substitutes. Quorn is taking over and while some of their food tastes fine (like their southern fried "chicken" burgers, and the lemon pepper fillets are ok), there are lots of better alternatives. So some of my favorite foods:

The only place I can get most of these things is in Holland and Barrett, or GNC. While Holland and Barrett in Southampton is a 30 minutes walk from where I live it often has very little stock. The Eastleigh or Winchester branches are better stocked. Supermarkets are not so good for shopping at.

My next challenge is my two week holiday to visit my brother in San Francisco. The US is not well known for being a good place for vegetarian's, although I am sure it is not as bad as I fear, and San Francisco is pretty open to alternative life choices, so I am sure I will be fine. I'll let you know when I get back.

Take care


Andrew F said...

Yeah, San Francisco is full of enough hippies that vegetarian food won't be hard to find.


Seriously, though, be glad you're not going to Texas.

Tim said...

Congratulations on your veggie anniversary. You should be fine in San Fran. I don't suppose you'll have time for a trip up the coast, but if you do, you're more than welcome to stay!
All the best, Tim

Alasdair Nottingham said...

Andrew, that was my thinking, my main issue is my brother forgetting and cooking meat.

Tim, i've been to San Francisco before and I've been having trouble finding stuff to do for 2 weeks, a trip to Vancouver would be great, so I might take you up on the offer if that is ok. Itwould be great to see you guys. Let me look into logistics and I'll email you.

Take care