Almost veggie January

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One of my aims for 2009 is to move towards a largely vegetarian diet, the ultimate idea is to have meat only once or twice a month, at the most.

So, in January I'll make the first steps towards this aim by eating vegetarian food only for 80% of my meals (that's lunch and supper - I rarely ever have meat for breakfast, unless seriously hungover).  

80% veggie means I can have meat in three meals per week, doesn't sound too difficult, especially if I make my own sandwiches for lunch at work...though I'll miss those gorgeous schnitzels from the Beetroot Polish deli!

Why am I doing this? A number of reasons (not in any order):
  • saving money
  • health
  • ethical treatment of animals (i.e. I'll only eat ones that had a nice life prior to ending up in my tummy)
  • sustainability
Hey ho, let's go!

12 comments:

Edgar Crook said...

I had a word with the animals, they said to say 'ta very much'

Tim said...

I aim to do pretty much likewise - and for the same reasons.

I need to eat a high protein diet so will have to research non-meat options. We aim to keep chickens on the allotment, so we'll have plenty of eggs!

Do you class fish as meat?

martin said...

Edgar: Cheers mate, that makes me feel better

Tim: Yep, fish is meat

Anonymous said...

What about tandoori chicken?

martin said...

Tandoori? Only if i know where the chicken came from, and that the chick was free range, or whatever. This, of course, is highly unlikely in most of the fine curry houses i have frequented in the past.

Anonymous said...

And sadly Nandos doesn't use free range chicken either...nor wagamama or masala zone.

martin said...

Yes, yes, I guessed that would be the case :(

Cathrine said...

I'm impressed :) good luck :) !

Keep us posted on your progess

my main reason for being hesitant about doing this is my need for proteins but I am sure that I just lack info as to where I can find it !

martin said...

I'll be keeping you all posted on this grand endeavour

Usha said...

Good luck with this :-) I am glad you tried the radish roti and it worked out well for you, thanks for keeping me posted....

Anonymous said...

Mart, please could I have the radish roti recipe? Sounds yum.

Clara said...

Thanks for dropping by the VegBox Recipes blog earlier - I hope that you found some inspiration there for your almost veggie experiment? We'd be very happy for you to feature one of our recipes here with a link back if you think your lovely readers would appreciate it : ) Happy running!