Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A Vegetarian Revelation...

Last Friday I watched the documentary 'Vegucated' on Netflix. I guess I was just stuck for something to do and thought it might make for interesting viewing. Well, it certainly was and in the process totally put me off eating meat. For real. It really did break my little heart and really truly opened my eyes to the whole process of rearing and killing animals for meat. 
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I feel like prior to this, I had some level of awareness of what happens, but I really wasn't allowing myself to acknowledge this awareness or connect what goes on with what ends up on my dinner plate. The documentary made everything feel so very real. And I guess that's what it was made to do, it was made to get people talking and thinking about vegetarianism.

Needless to say, I haven't eaten meat since watching Vegucated, and what I find most alarming about this is that I don't even miss it. Not even a little bit. Now I know it's only been 4 days, but thinking about it, never in my 'proper food eating' life (i.e. not counting being a wee babe) have I ever gone that long without eating meat. In fact, my typical diet generally had 2 meals a day containing meat. So for me, this is a huge step. 

After having a little chat with myself (like you do), I've decided to try out a vegetarian diet (with milk and eggs allowed - purely so I can make sure I'm having sufficient protein and I'm not ready to give up milk in tea just yet) for a whole month. Now prior to this week, that would have sounded like an impossible challenge to my carnivorous side, but actually, I'm quite excited! I'm looking forward to experimenting in the kitchen and whipping up some delicious veggies treats. I'm also intrigued to see the impact (if any) it has on my body (if you're a regular reader you will know I have the joys of IBS) and just how I feel in general. Thus far, the IBS might pose an issue towards longer term vegetarianism, however, I'm willing to give it a trial and see if all that extra fibre makes a difference - I've never eaten so many veggies! I've also recently discovered vegan baking which I'm loving and what better excuse to get in the kitchen and cook up some more vegan friendly sweet treats!

I'm not going to put any pressure on myself, I just want to see how the next month goes and take it from there. I feel that even if this 'experiment' (which is what it is really) results in me eating less meat in the future, that would still be a fantastic outcome for not only myself and my overall health, but for the environment and the gorgeous little animals. But anyway, I'm going to get rid of any expectation and just go with it :)

Would you ever consider trialling a vegetarian diet for either health or ethical reasons? Or have you recently made the switch to vegetarianism? I'd love for you to share your thoughts either in the comments below, or you could tweet me @mygenerallife!

Also if anyone has any delicious veggie recipes, please do send them my way!

While you're here, why not check out my previous post: RECIPE: Banana and Date Loaf.


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Sunday, 26 April 2015

RECIPE | Banana and Date Loaf.

Since getting the Ms Cupcake vegan recipe book as leaving gift recently I have got so very into vegan baking. I find it so much easier than 'regular' baking, there's no creaming of butter and sugar and gradually beating your eggs and flour in, it's literally bish, bash, bosh and your done! So today I thought I'd share the recipe for a super tasty banana and date loaf that I whipped up last week. The recipe is slightly adapted from the Ms Cupcake book, so all credit for the basics of this recipe go to her...it's just so good I had to share and if you don't have her book, you are totally missing out!

my general life banana and date loaf vegan gluten free dairy free ms cupcake

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Things I've Learnt From Weightlifting...

Today I thought I'd chat about a few things I've learnt from weightlifting. When I say weightlifting, I'm referring more to Olympic weightlifting than just general weightlifting, but these thoughts are applicable to all types of lifting in some way, shape or form.

My general life things I've learnt from weightlifting

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Symprove 12 Week Programme - Update #4.

I'm now 8 weeks into my 12 week Symprove programme so I'm back with another quick update to let you all know how I've been getting on.
my general life syprove 12 week programme

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

April Wishlist - All About The Prints.

I'm back with another wishlist post and this month it's all about the prints. I all started after I saw the amazing bug print shorts from Reebok on Georgina's Instagram feed (she also blogs at Fitcetera) and I just fell in love! I think they're super cool and quirky and as they're Crossfit shorts I know they'll be great for lifting in too! That set me off on a bit of a print spree, so here's some gorgeous goodies that I picked out to go with the print theme...enjoy!

my general life april wishlist adidas, sweaty betty, etsy, lorna jane, active in style, reebok, usa pro

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Training Focus: Deadlifts.

It's been a while since I posted a training focus post (you can read my pull ups post here) and it's something I definitely would like to start doing more of. So, no time like the present, today we're talking Deadlifts. 
my general life training focus deadlifts

Monday, 6 April 2015

Symprove 12 Week Programme - Update #3.

I'm back with another quick update on how I'm getting on with my Symprove 12 Week Programme. I'm now 6 weeks through the programme, which means I'm half-way there!

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Sunday, 5 April 2015

DW Fitness: 40 Days of Fitness Challenge - THE END!

Oh my goodness gracious, it's Easter Sunday which can only mean one thing. We only bloody went and made it to the end of the DW Fitness 40 Days of Fitness Challenge!! Wahooo! I'm going to start by sharing how I've got on over the last week of the challenge, before giving you my overall thoughts. I definitely don't feel that I've finished the challenge with a bang as this was a tough week for me. It was the last week of my current job so a lot of my time and energy was taken up getting things sorted for that. I was also feeling totally exhausted and I'm not even sure why! So needless to say, motivation was lacking. Anyway, here's how I got on.
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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Yoga Challenge Round-Up: #giveitupforyoga & #journeytohandstand.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may well have noticed that over the last 6 weeks or so I've been posting LOTS of yoga photos. Having recently started practising yoga regularly (and loving it), I decided to throw myself head first into a couple of yoga challenges. 
my general life instagram yoga challenge round up #journeytohandstand #giveitupforyoga
my favourite photo of all <3