Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Paperback's Pondering's: My New Year Resolution


Today is gonna be a non-book related post. I don't do these posts often at all because I like to think of my blog  as strictly book based, but since I have this platform I think it's good just to talk sometimes. So today I'll be pondering on my new year's resolution and what I hope it does for me.

I've always loved animals and the environment. I believe that our world is seriously suffering environmentally and if we don't do something now then we will be seriously doomed. I'm sorry, it's just what I believe. I watch a lot of vegan/vegetarian youtubers and they always talk about how good it is to go veggie. I've always said that one day I'd do that and then proceed to take a bite out of my hamburger. But this year, I decided that I really, really wanted to do this. I wanted to do my part to help out our ecosystems, and the earth. So I decided that going vegetarian was the way I would so that.

When I said I was going veggie I concerned a lot of people. I've always been underweight and unable to keep on healthy weight, so my doctor always told me to "eat from the cow" and keep my iron up. I can't wait to see her reaction when I see her. My mom also had her concerns, and insisted that I still eat dairy, eggs and fish, which I agreed to for my own health. So you could say, I'm technically a pescetarian.

What I don't like are the few vegans and vegetarians on social media that make it seem like you're a villain if you eat meat. People like Freelee the Banana Girl who constantly troll other people and scare people into not eating meat. I know many, many people who can have a healthy diet eating meat, and I'm not denying at all that meat can be good for you. For me, this is more of an animal ethics/environmental journey.

What I do hope though, is that my skin clears up. I do know for a fact that meat and dairy contribute to my skin problems, and I'm hoping that I can see some improvements. My skin is a constant struggle, so hopefully I can put those insecurities behind me.

I'm really looking forward to doing this. I hope that I can keep up with it. I'm really serious about it and I want to make a change. I want to do something good for the earth and I want to eat more ethically. I just hope that my health allows me to.

If you're a veggie, please send me tips! I'd love to know how you eat :)

Emily @ Paperback Princess

16 comments:

  1. Good luck with it Emily! I still eat fish as well - but I'm lactose intolerant and allergic to eggs, so I avoid those (and if I ate more veggies I could totally be vegan) - because it's one reliable source of protein for me. I'd recommend looking into a herbal iron supplement, as if you don't eat a lot of iron rich foods constantly it's very easy to develop a deficiency. And also be sure to listen to your body! If you're craving meat there is absolutely nothing wrong with eating a burger one day and then being veggie the rest of the week - even just cutting down on the animal products you eat can help, and there's no point letting yourself get ill for the sake of one burger. It doesn't make you a bad person. Also, I'd eat up any non-veggie things you have before making the switch, as wasting it is worse than eating it, in my opinion. Means the animal died for nothing - not even food.

    But yeah, best of luck and if you need any tips feel free to ask, even though I'm probably the worst vegetarian out there haha :P

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    1. Thanks Charlotte! Yeah I'm definitely going to have to pay attention to my iron levels to make sure I'm staying healthy. And I made sure to eat all the meat products. You're right, it's very wasteful. Thanks for your help :)

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  2. Good luck with it! I eat very little meat and have always wondered whether I should just cut it out completely (I have very low iron, though). My twins are basically pescetarians, but underweight, and so I try to give them chicken from time-to-time. They complain.

    Anyway, I enjoy it when book bloggers deviate from bookish content to give readers some insight into the personality behind the blog. Great post!

    [AMB, The Misfortune of Knowing- For some reason, I can't seem to comment as myself!]

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    1. Thank you for the comment :) I guess I'm basically like you're twins because I intend to stay pescetatarian. But I'm sure if my mom was able to feed me some meat from time to time she'd feel a lot better!

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  3. Wow this is so awesome! Go you! Hope all goes well, that's a great resolution :)

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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  4. Good luck, Emily!
    I am not a vegetarian and I don't know if I could ever become one. I'm very picky when it comes to eating, especially vegetables and things like that. Basically, I still eat like a 5-year-old, hahah.
    However, I think it's amazing that you're thinking about the environment and not pushing anyone to follow your decision. In my family, we tried to stop eating meat twice a week. We can't keep it up every week, but I believe every step counts!
    Once again, good luck! I hope you can keep it up for the next year. Just don't worry too much and don't forget to pay atention at your health! :)

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    1. Thanks Lais! It's harder then I thought it would be, especially when i'm with my family because they are all meat lovers and I feel like I'm inconveniencing them. But you're right, every little thing counts :)

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  5. Good luck! I'm a veggie - and have been my entire life (hippie parents.) Prepare for stupid questions from meat-eating people, ranging from 'but doesn't that mean you just really hate vegetables?' to 'isn't a chicken a vegetable?' (Honest to God, I've been asked both. More than once.)

    I advise trying Quorn or Linda McCartney foods - espec. since you're going to need to keep your protein up. Beans and lentils are a saviour for both iron and protein - try bean burgers, or kidney beans, if you're not a big bean fan (like me. I don't really like many beans.)

    Don't let anyone tell you your choice is wrong in any way - they can take a running leap. :)

    Good luck. I'm sure it'll go fine :)

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    1. Thanks Cee! I can't believe you've actually been asked those questions!! I've been pretty lucky so far that nobody's been that ignorant. A few people have recommended quorn to me but I don't think we get that in Canada so I'll have to search for something similar. Thank you for the help :)

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  6. Good for you! I've been cutting down significantly on meat because of environmental reasons myself. I don't think I can ever fully become a vegetarian, but it's really not that hard to cut out meat from your diet. I have a vegan suitemate who I can ask for vegetarian tips and recipes when I get back to school for you. I'm gonna tell you right now that beans and spinach are gonna be your best friends, especially if you have issues with your iron.

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    1. Thanks Sierra! I already love spinach so I don't think that will be that hard lol! I think it is definitely easy to cut out some meat.

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  7. This is such a great resilution, Em! I'm not a vegetarian and I definitely dont see myself being one any time soon, but I've always admired people who are able to manage this! I hope you take care of yourself, though- make sure you have an adequate intake of all nutrients! Good luck :))

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    1. Thanks Ruzaika!! I hope I will be able to stay healthy :)

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  8. I wish you luck! I've toyed with the idea of being veggie for a while but I gave up on it a few years ago because of concerns about my health if I were to cut it out. So, please don't forget your own health! I hope you manage it, I admire you for actually doing it :)

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    1. Thanks Brooklyn! My mom was not keen on the idea, but hopefully I can prove to her that I will stay healthy.

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