Yesterday evening I was at an event in London with the wonderful World Land Trust. The food was vegetarian and delicious.
I’m not vegetarian, but I eat meat or fish only a couple of days a week. I started being more vegetarian, but not vegetarian, about 12 years ago when I made a New Year resolution to have two meat-free days a week. I thought that would be difficult but right from the start it was very easy.
I get a small amount of criticism for eating meat at all, and a small amount for eating less meat than I did, but basically my world of friends, relatives and contacts has moved in the same direction over the same period. Vegan, vegetarian and flexetarian diets are now very common among the bubble of people I meet. I don’t know anyone I would describe as aggressively meat-eating though they are certainly out there.
Let’s just imagine that I did start this dietary change 12 years ago and that I have had three and a half meat-free days a week through that period (to keep the maths easy). That is the equivalent of having gone vegetarian six years ago. It’s also the equivalent of having gone vegetarian 12 years ago, kept it up for six years and then reverted to meat-eating. And it’s also equivalent to being vegetarian for a tenth of my life.
I’d be interested to hear where readers of this blog are on the meat-eating/vegetarian continuum.
The food last night was delicious.