What on earth have I let myself in for? Chatting to my first born child and inevitably (being a huge foodie) we start talking about food. Keisha is vegan and when we were talking about how rubbish I’m feeling right now (newly diagnosed with ME) she suggested I become vegetarian to see if it helps me feel better. Instantly I refused to consider such abhorrence ~ me give up meat ~ NEVER! How could I cope without ham, beef, chops, chicken ~ cooked in a million different ways ~ how could I possibly give up meat for a whole month, a day yes, but a month ~ seriously?
Thing is, not sure if you are the same, but if someone say’s to me, “oh well, if you can’t do it” that just gets me all stirred up and needing to prove a point. Now Keisha is a cunning one, she knows exactly how to play me and so got me thinking ~ okay, you know what, I’ll show you ~ I can and will do this!
The more I think about it the more it makes sense to try it out too. I don’t know if you are aware, but many sufferers of ME have digestive issues. Invest in ME are currently researching the gut to see what the link is…
We have all found we can no longer tolerate lactose and have to have a lactose free diet. Along with high fibre, low fat, and supplements to help keep us going. Sadly upset tummies or constipation are also a regular occurrence for us ~ never normal SO what if a vegetarian diet helps with this? After all, meat is pretty hard for our bodies to digest ~ right? Now looking into this I have found that there are two very different points of view on this subject. One is that humans were designed to eat meat and it is necessary for us to be healthy. Another is that we absolutely should NOT eat meat as it is harmful to our bodies and it just sits in our gut. So, I have found two links arguing both sides for you to read ~ my conclusion personally is if you like meat have some but source it carefully, buy organic free range and try to eat meat free several times a week too. Here are the links, read about the pro meat point of view, then the against meat viewpoint. What do you think? 
I love this article by Jacob Bouvier “Why You Should Eat Meat: A Vegetarian’s Perspective” and tend to agree with his point of view. After this challenge, I intend to move towards a 50/50 diet ~ having half a week veggie and the other half with carefully sourced meat.
So, I shall enjoy those meaty BBQ’s in August whilst sourcing new and intriguing veggie menus ready for September, rather than run of the mill brown oven food every day I intend to cook some different dishes from scratch, although health dependent, so those oven foods will be necessary on the bad days when cooking is a challenge for me.
I shall be posting my daily dishes on instagram from the 1st September ~ if you want to follow me I’m @tonks69. Plus writing a weekly blog in September covering my journey, menu and any physical changes I experience along the way.
I would very much appreciate your support throughout my journey and any recipes you may wish to share with me too.
If you would like to help me raise funds for my chosen charity of Invest in ME Research then please pop over to read about it on my justgiving page just click this link to get there…
 https://www.justgiving.com/TonksDoesVeggie/ 
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Thank you for reading and I am hoping to receive some great recipes in the comments for me to try and I will credit you on instagram and my blog when I cook them 🙂 

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