Eating Happy: My Life On A Plate



There are people in this world who eat because it's necessary for survival. These people don't embrace the flavours of foods, they tend to be less adventurous at meal times and they stick to the foods they know they like. Then, there are others who eat for the sheer pleasure that good food brings, who explore with their mouths and who savour every bite like its their last one. I am the latter. I love food. I love the colours, the flavours, the textures, the smells - and the best part is that I get to eat a bit of that happiness every day.

Yet I recently experienced something that made me question my food choices, particularly concerning meat. Although I've never eaten masses of meat, I've always been a meat-eater and thought it a very important part of my plate. I love all components of a meal but I'd never feel full unless I'd eaten some form of meat. Over the years, I'd convinced myself that my meal wasn't 'balanced' without meat and never considered substituting it with other proteins.

But 8 weeks ago, I made the conscious decision to stop eating meat and to become a pescatarian. I thought that going meat-free was going to be quite a tough transition to make but I've realised that meat isn't the be-all-and-end-all of a meal. In fact, it has hardly disturbed my diet but has had such a positive impact on my body and mind.

So, I'd like to share some of my meal ideas with you and show you how delicious meal times can be without meat, starting with breakfast.

You may have heard it a thousand times but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. As well as providing you with many other benefits, it restores glucose levels after sleep and kick-starts your metabolism so your body burns the energy required throughout your day.

On a typical morning, I never used to eat meat for breakfast (although, a cheeky sausage sandwich wouldn't go a miss at the weekend). My day usually starts with some kind of eggs (poached eggs are currently my favourite), peanut butter and banana on seedy toast if I'm feeling lazy or a homemade smoothie.

As you may already know, I'm a huge fan of green smoothies. I think they're a great way to get a concentrated shot of nutritional goodness and very easy to prepare if you have busy mornings ahead of you. For a bit of variety, I mix my smoothies up all the time but my favourite at the moment includes mango. For me, mango is like sunshine. It's exotic, sweet and an absolute pleasure to eat. Just the thought of it makes me happy so what start a day any other way than happy?




18 comments

  1. I've been pescetarian for 11 years now, and it only gets easier. You'll find that you won't even eat fish that often, as you get more and more comfortable with plant-based meals. Being pescetarian, though, means that we can actually go to restaurants without having to check their menus ahead of time. Almost every place has at least one fish dish, even if they don't have anything vegetarian. It gives you more options socially. Good luck with your experiment. BTW- the photos on your blog are lovely.
    ~Amara C

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  2. I wish you well on your new pescatarian lifestyle! I also love a green smoothie in the morning, it makes me feel much brighter than having a coffee or tea.

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  3. I went meat-free for 3 months but gave up after running out of ideas. It's hard to plan your meals when your partner loves meat as much as mine does. I'd love to see some pescetarian recipes from you. Good luck on your adventure!

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  4. I have never considered giving up meat. I am trying to convince my husband to go meatless one meal a week but we will see.

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  5. Good luck with your pescatarian lifestyle! I'm practicing vegetarian since past one year and it has improved my lifestyle!

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  6. Hey good on you for making that choice! Happy to hear it's not as tough as you thought it would be. I don't think I can ever go meatless though we have made the conscious effort to eat less meat.

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  7. Fish is so good for you as well good luck with the rest of your journey. I am a vegetarian.

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  8. Oh so much goodies - I love green smoothies too. Just had one this afternoon :)

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  9. I've often considered going pescatarian but whilst I'm still living at home with my parents I don't think it'll be possible. Over the past year I have cut meat out a lot - not completely, but a lot.

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  10. I would probably find this a bit of a challenge because I like eating meat. It's a great choice though and I'm sure it's going to get easier for you as time passes by.

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  11. Personaly I believe in eating whatever feels right to your body and not becuase it's balanced or healtly. Basically I eat what I feel like my body needs at the moment.
    I don't care if person eats everything or not, as long as they manage to keep in tune of what they need.

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  12. I also like smoothies and mango is my favorite. I can add any to it.

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  13. I have tasted some different flavours of smoothies. I did taste the green one but Im not very fond of it. I like berries more. I am also trying to look for a good banana smoothie just to taste it not that i like the fruit very much.

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  14. Best luck for your pescetarian lifestyle. It's not easy to change the eating habit, need consistency and patience. I love smoothie in the morning.

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  15. I love a green smoothies in the morning! Oh so much goodies... Yummy!

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  16. I have tried a vegan diet before, but it did not work for me. Well done with your life style. I am glad it is working for you. Looking forward to seeing some recipes

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  17. I consider giving up meat all the time! I have been slowing working towards eating more fruits and veggies and less meat and dairy. I'd love to follow along on your journey for the motivation! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

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  18. Yum this smoothie looks really tasty and healthy

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