Today’s guest blogger is Judi May, a Reiki master teacher at Reiki Mastership from Nottingham.
Don’t shoot the pescatarian
I became a vegetarian at the age of 7, I loved animals. We had all sorts: dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits and fish, even a stick insect, so in my 7 year old wisdom I decided I couldn’t eat any of them anymore.
Then things changed, I discovered J dating. In my 20s, going out to restaurants became a bit of a challenge, as I quickly discovered if you didn’t like omelette you were left trying to make bread and tomato sauce dinners!
I began to eat fish and then chicken and my world opened up. I ate like this until last year when I became more aware of the negative effects of meat, dairy and wheat on my body, so I cut out chicken, then dairy from cows, wheat gluten and some fish.
So, what is my label? I personally don’t want to be labelled, I want to eat mackerel sometimes, have a goats’ cheese salad or a wholemeal sandwich if I’m offered. If I’m out for dinner and someone orders a steak I don’t whip out my balaclava and AK47, we should all choose to eat what we wish and not be judged.
Now we get to the question:
It’s possibly easier to say I’m a vegetarian, vegan or a gluten-free consumer but much more difficult to explain how I eat. Surely you should be able to eat how you want without being criticised or judged.
Whether you eat beef, but not pork; fish, but not lobster; goats’ cheese, but not cows’ cheese; or if you’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years but have decided it no longer suits you, your body or ethics, etc, then you should be able to do that.
I don’t have a title for the way I eat: the way I eat is perfect for me and my family and I’m sure I will tweak and change it even more over the next few years as my knowledge and choices increase and change. So don’t shoot the part-veggi-part-vegan-part-gluten-free, we’re all just trying to find the best way to live at this moment in time.
So what do I eat?
Well here are a couple of meals that I have. Chickpea coconut curry and cauliflower pizza with salad. Both of these meals are vegan.