When people find out that I am vegetarian 95% of the time they remark” really? You don’t look like one”. Apart from asking “what does a vegetarian look like?” I never really know how to react to this.
Society today is obsessed with the ‘perfect body’. We know that magazines are full of photoshopped images and that most people now have a distorted idea of what a healthy body should look like – at any age. Even though I am aware of all of this it does make me slightly uneasy with my own figure.
I mostly eat healthily – veg, salad, pulses, nuts, fruit – however I have a very real love affair with sugar. I don’t do artificial sweeteners and haven’t found a stevia product I like the after taste of.
This sugar issue means that I am slightly more ‘cuddly’ in the middle than society would like. I am still a healthy weight though.
Various changes in myth life over the last few years have meant that I am not getting to the gym as much (or ever) as I used to. I pretty much work 6 days a week. This means that on my free days catching up on housework and relaxing tend to get top priority. Getting out to exercise has dropped off the priority list.
I am very aware that this is within my control (to a great extent). I have chosen to re-prioritise exercise in my life. It is something I am reviewing.
My busy life means that I tend to have less time to prepare food than I used to. The ‘on the go’ food options for veggies predominantly focus on cheese and bread options, or over chilled sandwiches of egg or tomato that leave them tasteless. Or chips. Love chips!
Although the range of veggie food is slowly changing, for me interesting, tasty, easy to eat veggie food on the go still mostly doesn’t exist.
With a bit of extra effort I can remedy this situation, and I am making changes. However wouldn’t it be nice to have a larger, more widely available choice of healthy , vegetarian fast food? All those shelves of chicken salad – could we not have the option of buying a salad and then a ‘protein’ to go with it? A flexible meal deal to appeal to everyone? Or am I the only one who is bored with the current offerings?
For now I am putting extra effort into making my own lunches and tking healthy snacks with me. It still doesn’t stop the lure of a good doughnut, but it is a start.