Guten Morgen! (Good morning!),
So, quite a few of you have been asking me why I chose to change my diet from being an enthusiastic meat-lover to becoming a committed and spirited vegetarian. Here is my story...
I grew up in Germany when I was a child and everybody knows that meat is an enormous part of the German culture. Therefore, the chances are extremely high that you will pass numerous shops called “Metzgereien”, whenever you go walking in an urban area in and around this beautiful country. “Metzgereien” are butcher shops that locals would go to several times a week. Children would receive a slice of “Gelbwurst”, which is a sausage originated from Bavaria, when they visited. I absolutely adored the taste of this inviting sausage when I was a kid, however back in my childhood days, I did not quite understand the concept of where the meat that we consume actually comes from. I remember asking about the topic quite often since I was always a drastic animal lover. However, most of the time adults would respond by giving me answers such as “the animal died of old age” or “the animals are killed in such a way that they feel no pain at all”. Startling enough, I believed this for a long period of time.
Throughout high school and first year of college, I noticed that more and more people were stopping their consumption of meat. At that time, it did not make sense to me. I would ask myself questions like: “Do they not miss the taste?” or “How can they resist food such as BACON or miss out on a filet mignon steak?.”
One day, in my second year at college, I was scrolling through Facebook when I got home. On a daily basis, I quickly check my feed and a variety of videos end up playing; making me giggle, or making me feel rather intrigued in a certain topic or update me on something in the world. However, this one certain video started playing and from then on, once it was over, I stopped eating meat for what I believe will be for the rest of my life. (I am not going to write what was shown because in no way am I trying to prevent people from eating meat). I soon realized that animals go through immense trauma before they are murdered, not “dying of old age”. That night, my mother made Spaghetti Bolognese, one of my favorites, and I was actually really eager, even after what I previously just viewed on Facebook. YET, I had a single forkful, and immediately my body overheated and tears were running down my face involuntarily. I could not get the image out of my head of what I saw a few hours ago and my body was telling me: “you do not need to consume this”.
With regards to fish, it had never really been apart of my diet. Nevertheless, I still call myself a sushi lover. People always ask me: What?! You don’t eat sushi? I do eat sushi and I absolutely adore it. Yes, I am that girl who orders Avo Maki every single time. However it’s not because there are not any options (cucumber, bean curd, radish, pickled plum, carrots etc…), but because I am just simply obsessed with it haha.
One of the positive outcomes that has resulted from my transition is that I have fallen in love with cooking. I used to always go for meals that would be quick and simple such as a ham sandwich or a good old German schnitzel. By changing my diet, it has forced me to learn recipes that work as alternatives to consuming meat. Like the curious person I am, I have done so much research and discovered endless, outstanding and inspiring recipes.
This alteration honestly has changed my life for the good. My body has been feeling better than ever and I have a constant good conscience and awareness about what is important to me. I never thought this transition would ever occur but it did and I am proud to stand out and call myself a vegetarian.
So there you go, this is my story in a nutshell. I will be posting my own vegetarian recipes that hopefully will encourage you to explore this miraculous journey with me.
Sarah Drews x