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Eating Out As A Vegetarian | Tips & Tricks

Today’s blog post is a little bit personal and I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to post it but I knew I had to since loads of you have been interested about my experience moving abroad and my life in France and this particular subject played a huge part in my life.

In this post, I’m going to share my experience being vegetarian since childhood, the reason why I turned to a pescatarian diet and then to a vegan diet. In addition, my tips and tricks for eating out so if you’re interested then keep on reading!

Le blog d’aujourd’hui est un peu personnel et je ne savais pas si je voulais le poster, mais je savais que je devais depuis car beaucoup d’entre vous ont été intéressés par mon expérience de déménagement à l’étranger et ma vie en France et ce sujet particulier a joué un énorme rôle dans ma vie.

Dans ce post, je vais partager mon expérience végétarienne depuis l’enfance, la raison pour laquelle je me suis tourné vers un régime pescatarian et ensuite vers un régime végétalien. En outre, mes astuces pour manger dehors, alors si vous êtes intéressé, continuez à lire!

 

BEING VEGETARIAN

As a child, I was known to be a fussy eater which is a huge struggle for any parents but I was particularly known for spiting out any meals that weren’t ‘vegetarian’. At that time, I knew I was uncomfortable eating chicken or meat but I didn’t know how to formulate my thoughts into sentences. As I grew older, I understood my reasoning and I was more and more adamant about my decision and the sad part was people around me didn’t accept nor respect my choice.

For my mum, it took a long time to warm up to this idea which is understandable because she wanted to make sure I would get all the necessary nutrients and be healthy. From primary school till high school, I didn’t eat at the canteen and I’d always come home to eat my lunch (thankfully my home wasn’t far away so it was easy to come and go). Since my relatives judged my choice, I never openly told anyone I was a vegetarian and it never was a topic I’d discussed with anyone.

Quand j’étais enfant, j’étais connu pour être une mangeuse difficile, ce qui représente un énorme combat pour tous les parents, mais j’étais surtout connu pour avoir craché des repas qui n’étaient pas «végétariens». À ce moment-là, je savais que j’étais mal à l’aise de manger du poulet ou de la viande, mais je ne savais pas comment formuler mes pensées en phrases. En grandissant, j’ai compris mon raisonnement et j’étais de plus en plus intransigeant sur ma décision et le plus triste était que les gens autour de moi n’acceptaient ni ne respectaient mon choix.

Pour ma mère, il a fallu beaucoup de temps pour se réchauffer à cette idée qui est compréhensible, car elle voulait s’assurer que j’obtiendrais tous les nutriments nécessaires et que je serais en bonne santé. De l’école primaire jusqu’au lycée, je ne mangeais pas à la cantine et je revenais toujours à la maison pour manger mon déjeuner (heureusement, ma maison n’était pas loin, donc c’était facile d’aller et venir). Comme mes proches jugeaient mon choix, je n’ai jamais dit ouvertement à qui que ce soit que j’étais végétarienne et ce n’était jamais un sujet dont j’avais discuté avec qui que ce soit.

 

WHY I TURNED PESCATARIAN

In my early teens, my mother and I came to an agreement that I’d turn pescatarian once every 2 to 3 weeks, she wanted me to eat fish around the time I was ovulating or when it was during that time of the month (sorry guys if it’s TMI lol!). I was never into sea food at all and I’d only eat salmon.

After I’d moved to England, it was the same concept but the weather was completely different compared to France. It was way colder during the winter therefore I had to compromise and eat fish during the winter as well. I’d consider myself as a semi-vegetarian or pescatarian because as I mentioned previously I eat fish although the majority of my diet consists of vegetables, fruits and plant based foods.

Au début de mon adolescence, ma mère et moi sommes tombés d’accord sur le fait que je deviendrais pescatarian une fois toutes les 2 ou 3 semaines, elle voulait que je mange du poisson au moment de l’ovulation ou pendant mes regles (désolé les gars si c’est TMI lol!). Je n’ai jamais mangé de fruits de mer et je ne mangeais que du saumon.

Après avoir déménagé en Angleterre, c’était le même concept mais le temps était complètement différent par rapport à la France. Il faisait beaucoup plus froid en hiver et j’ai dû faire des compromis et manger du poisson pendant l’hiver aussi. Je me considère comme un semi-végétarien ou un pescatarian car comme je l’ai mentionné précédemment je mange du poisson bien que la majorité de mon régime se compose de légumes, de fruits et d’aliments à base de plantes.

 

MY EXPERIENCE AS A VEGAN

The past year, I tried to be vegan which was very difficult and ended up in a disastrous way. Around that time, I was travelling and I wasn’t eating & sleeping properly and to add the cherry on top, I got my period and I ended up fainting in a foreign country but that was the only time I felt relaxed and in peace haha!

Obviously ever since that incident, I never changed my diet when travelling. It’s very important you do your research before changing your diet, HealthLabs.com are a very source for that matter. They provide tests for vegans and non-vegans, the test for vegans consists of checking for possible nutritional deficiencies which vegans may encounter if their plant-based diet is off-balance and the test for non-vegans consists of determining if non-vegans are allergic to any animal-derived foods.

HealthLabs kindly offered me a discount code so if you’re interested then you can use the code “NEWLUNE25” for 25% off on all vegan testings.

Unfortunately, these tests are only available in the US which is a shame but you can discuss with your GP if you’re really thinking about changing your diet or have any concerns about it.

L’année dernière, j’ai essayé d’être végétalien, ce qui était très difficile et s’est soldé par une catastrophe. Autour de ce temps, je voyageais et je ne mangeais pas et dormais pas correctement et pour ajouter la cerise sur le dessus, j’ai eu mes règles et j’ai fini par m’évanouir dans un pays étranger mais c’était la seule fois où je me sentais détendu et en paix pendant ce voyage haha!

Évidemment, depuis cet incident, je n’ai jamais changé mon alimentation en voyage. Il est très important que vous fassiez vos recherches avant de changer votre régime, HealthLabs.com sont une très bonne source d’ailleurs. Ils fournissent des tests pour les végétaliens et les non-végétaliens, le test pour les végétaliens consiste à vérifier les éventuelles carences nutritionnelles que les végétaliens peuvent rencontrer si leur régime végétal est déséquilibré et le test pour les non-végétaliens consiste à déterminer si les non-végétaliens sont allergique à tous les aliments d’origine animale.

HealthLabs m’a gentiment offert un code de réduction, donc si vous êtes intéressé, vous pouvez utiliser le code “NEWLUNE25” pour 25% de réduction sur tous les tests vegan.

Malheureusement, ces tests ne sont disponibles qu’aux États-Unis, ce qui est dommage, mais vous pouvez discuter avec votre médecin généraliste si vous songez vraiment à modifier votre alimentation ou si vous avez des inquiétudes à ce sujet.

 

MEAL PLAN

Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, it’s really important that you’ve a meal plan for the week which will save you a lot of time. I’ve seen so many bloggers do it nowadays but it’s something I’ve been doing ever since I was in high school.

I usually plan a week in advance so I know the days I’m going out and it facilitates a lot of things in terms of running errands and buying groceries for the week. I’m the type of person that goes out for brunch (breakfast + lunch) so I always cook dinner at home, I do eat the same breakfast every single day so I only have to think about my lunch.

Que vous soyez végétarien ou pas, il est important que vous ayez un plan de repas pour la semaine, ce qui vous fera gagner beaucoup de temps. J’ai vu tellement de blogueurs faire ça aujourd’hui, mais c’est quelque chose que je fais depuis que je suis au lycée.

Je prévois habituellement une semaine à l’avance, donc je sais les jours où je sors et cela facilite beaucoup de choses en termes de courses et d’épicerie pour la semaine. Je suis le genre de personne qui sort pour le brunch (petit-déjeuner + déjeuner) donc je cuisine toujours le dîner à la maison, je mange le même petit déjeuner tous les jours donc je n’ai qu’à penser à mon déjeuner.

 

TIPS & TRICKS

The biggest struggle I had growing up was to eat outside home, it sounds very silly because it may seem like there are a tons of options for vegetarians but the truth is, not all of them are tasty.

I’m a picky eater as well so if I don’t like something, I won’t eat it which is really bad and I usually pass that to someone else and I feel bad about it so to avoid any of those things, I’ve found some tips and tricks!

Le plus gros problème que j’ai eu à grandir était de manger à l’extérieur, cela semble très stupide, car il peut sembler qu’il y a une tonne d’options pour les végétariens, mais la vérité est que tous ne sont pas savoureux.

Je suis un mangeur difficile ausi si je n’aime pas quelque chose, je ne vais pas le manger ce qui est vraiment mauvais et je le passe habituellement à quelqu’un d’autre et je me sens mal à ce sujet afin d’éviter tout de ces choses, j’ai trouvé quelques astuces!

 

BREAKFAST OPTIONS

You can never go wrong with breakfast options, if there was a meal I could eat three times a day I’d go for breakfast. You’ve so many options and pretty much everything is yummy!

Vous ne pouvez jamais vous tromper avec les options de petit déjeuner, s’il y avait un repas que je pourrais manger trois fois par jour j’irais pour le petit déjeuner. Vous avez tellement d’options et à peu près tout est délicieux!

 

PASTA

I’m pretty sure all the restaurants at least have one type of pasta recipe, even if it contains any sea food or meat, you can ask them to remove it and they’ll be more than happy to do it unless they can’t do it for some reason.

Je suis sûr que tous les restaurants ont au moins un type de recette de pâtes, même s’il contient des fruits de mer ou de la viande, vous pouvez leur demander de l’enlever et ils seront plus qu’heureux de le faire à moins qu’ils ne puissent pas fais-le pour une raison quelconque.

 

PIZZA

Another food which you can’t go wrong is pizza! You can eat it for lunch, dinner, anytime you want and it’s delicious!

Une autre nourriture que vous ne pouvez pas vous tromper est la pizza! Vous pouvez le manger pour le déjeuner, le dîner, quand vous voulez et c’est délicieux!

 

CLASSICS

When everything is overwhelming, go for the classic dishes! Mac and cheese, salad, veggie burger, etc. Always go for the dishes that you already ate or are familiar with so you can have a good time while you’re eating.

Quand tout est accablant, optez pour les plats classiques! Salade, hamburger végétarien, etc. Optez toujours pour les plats que vous avez déjà mangés ou que vous connaissez afin de passer un bon moment pendant que vous mangez.

 

CUISINE

Go out of your comfort zone and try other recipes and different cuisine for instance I love Indian cuisine, it’s literally the best! I love Mexican and Italian foods as well, venture outside your comfort zone and you’ll find so many delicious things to eat!

Sortez de votre zone de confort et essayez d’autres recettes et une cuisine différente, par exemple j’aime la cuisine indienne, c’est littéralement le meilleur! J’aime aussi les plats mexicains et italiens, aventurez en dehors de votre zone de confort et vous trouverez tellement de choses délicieuses à manger!

 

Finally, I wanted to mention that this post is in no way promoting or imposing my views on being a vegetarian or changing your diet. The biggest misconception I’ve heard is that vegetarians don’t get enough nutrients and vitamins which is completely untrue, you can still be healthy and get enough nutrients.

You don’t need to feel embarrassed for the food you eat, all my loved ones aren’t vegetarians nor vegans and I feel so comfortable going out and eating with them. I’m the only one who’s a semi-vegetarian in my family and I still haven’t met a vegetarian in real life. The food you eat on your plate doesn’t make you any higher or lesser than another person, it’s all about how you treat one another.

Enfin, je tenais à mentionner que ce post ne fait aucunement la promotion ou l’imposition de mes opinions sur le végétarisme ou le changement de régime alimentaire. La plus grande idée fausse que j’ai entendue est que les végétariens ne consomment pas assez de nutriments et de vitamines, ce qui est complètement faux, vous pouvez toujours être en bonne santé et obtenir suffisamment de nutriments.

Vous n’avez pas besoin de vous sentir gêné pour la nourriture que vous mangez, tous mes êtres chers ne sont pas végétariens ni végétaliens et je me sens tellement à l’aise de sortir et de manger avec eux. Je suis le seul semi-végétarien de ma famille et je n’ai toujours pas rencontré de végétarien dans la vraie vie. La nourriture que vous mangez dans votre assiette ne vous rend pas supérieur ou inférieur à une autre personne, tout dépend de la façon dont vous vous traitez les uns les autres.

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING!

xo N

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66 Comments

  1. I was about to suggest trying out Indian veg cuisines and then checked you’ve already mentioned it. 🙂

    I’m an Indian and we have a noteworthy percentage of population following hardcore vegetarian/vegan food-choice.

    There is a very popular blog here called “Veg Recipes of India”. It’s dedicated purely for vegetarians. Do check it out if you get time. You’ll get many sustainable ideas there.

    1. My pleasure lovely! I know right, it’s the most difficult transition ever! I’d recommend to go for it slowly, I had such a hard time finding something to eat and I felt tired all the time! x

  2. Great post, it’s good getting to know you more and being a vegetarian…I know it’s not easy. I tried it for one day and failed wholefully probably cause I’m a foody 😀

  3. So much about this post resonates with me, I’ve been a vegetarian on and off my entire life and now I’m more pescatarian. When I was younger I had to deal with so many comments, but now it’s becoming almost trendy so it’s so much easier for us all!

  4. This is awesome, thank you so much! Starting next week, I am doing a 31 day pescatarian challenge and have encouraged readers on my page to join me (if they’re interested of course). I had an idea in mind but this post really gave clear and honest feedback which is sooo appreciated! Can’t wait to share this post with others ❤

  5. Hey girl, as you know I love your blog so in my latest post I have Nominated you for an award so please be sure to check it out. Xo

  6. That’s interesting you were vegetarian most your life voluntarily. I became vegan recently but It was so hard letting go of cheeses and anything that had milk and eggs in it.
    Now I’m almost a full month being vegan and I don’t crave anything with cheese, I don’t even mind not having vegan cheese.
    I definitely felt weak the first few times I tried to go vegan and always felt like fainting, but you really do need to research first.
    Great Post!

    1. Thank you girly! I found it so hard to be a vegan personally, as you mentioned I felt very weak and I always felt like fainting which is the reason why I went back to my pescatarian/semi-vegetarian diet. And I don’t eat cheese so it was very easy for me from that aspect lol! x

  7. This post is close to my heart. I’ve been veggie all of my adult life and I’ve raised my daughter as a vegetarian too. We always are lots of quorn foods, but recently I’ve moved away from that due to it being such a processed food. We now eat Paneer instead – cut into chunks and fried in Ghee with lots of shallots and then addded to pasta dishes or curries and it’s delicious! My sister studies nutrition but the Cochran way of thinking which is all about traditional cooking and an unbiased viewpoint. Low carb, high ( healthy fats) and high protein and avoiding sugar. She’s turned her back on vegetarianism as she feels it’s an unhealthy lifestyle. I agree in part but I literally couldn’t eat animals. We don’t physically eat fish either but we always take cod liver oil for it’s wonderful health properties. Plus, soya based foods – Linda McCartney etc are banned in our house as soya meddles with hormones causing irregular periods and fertility issues.
    I’ll stop now haha!

    I agree though, eating out isn’t always easy for us vegetarians. My parents live in France and when I visit there’s literally nothing veggie!

    Samantha x
    Thebeautyspyglass.com

    1. Ohh I had no idea that you were a veggie, maybe I missed it somewhere or simply forgot! I’ve never ate Paneer but I heard it was really good, I’ve to try it out as I’m looking for new recipes! I’m exactly like you, I can’t imagine eating animals. I eat fish probably twice or thrice a month and during the winter, I eat it about four or five times a month. If I had the choice I wouldn’t even eat it but I don’t want to upset my mum.

      I didn’t know about all these information, so glad you mentioned these! I don’t eat any soya based foods, cheese and so many other things, I’m such a picky eater haha! Literally there’s nothing in France when it comes to vegetarian foods, that’s one of the reasons why I gained so much weight in a month when I moved to England 😅. There are much more options here and some of them are really delicious. If I didn’t move here, I probably would’ve never tried nor explored any other cuisines or foods at all. I didn’t know your parents were living in France, that’s so cool! x

    2. You definitely should try Paneer, Indian cuisine is fab for us veggies – the healthy way too! My parents have lived in Brittany for 13 years. They are both fluent which is fab!

      You need to keep your mum happy! 😇 x

  8. Really great post! it was very hard for me to transition into a total vegetarian, so I always admire people who are vegetarians.

  9. I’m not a vegetarian/vegan but in the past year, I’ve cut down on the amount of meat I consume by about half. There are days, maybe like once a week where I’ll have a bit more meat if I’m feeling like it. Actually, the reason for this has nothing to do with dieting or not liking meat anymore. I just found that I felt better when I didn’t consume so much meat. It can make me feel really bloated and I don’t like that heavy feeling.

    I started a new job in June and I’ve been packing lunches in most days – mostly salads, pesto pasta and sometimes sushi. Some colleagues have already asked me if I’m vegetarian lol but I’m not, I just like feeling “lighter” now – it clears my mind and I no longer have that food coma feeling which makes me feel sleepy and heavy lol. But of course, there are times where I fancy a burger so I’ll go get a burger. It’s about balance if anything.

    I have a niece (my cousin’s daughter) and she doesn’t like eating meat. Not because the taste of it but because she doesn’t like how it gets stuck in her teeth. It makes her feel uncomfortable. If the meat is in really small chunks though, she doesn’t mind.

    1. A friend of mine who cut down the amount of meat she was eating said the same thing! I never ate meat so I can’t say anything about that but I do understand what you mean, there are some days when I’m not eating healthy – I literally feel bloated and uncomfortable.

      I definitely agree with you in the part about balance! My cousin is exactly like your niece, she won’t eat chicken or even veggies (+meat) unless they’re cut into small chunks x

    2. Omg I went for team lunch today with colleagues as senior’s birthday tomorrow. After the burger, about an hour later I was SO sleepy in work! It was crazy haha.

  10. Hey, I was struggling with the topic as well. Funnily, I realized that it really depends on the country or (sometimes) city. I’m having mostly experience with Europe. I think it’s getting more and more popular to include vegetarian menus even in traditionally meaty places. It’s definitely a good news.

  11. Hello Lune,

    A terrific post! I share many of your ideas. I too favor items like pasta, pizza, veggie burgers, Indian cuisine, etc. when eating out. I find that soups can sometimes be a viable option, just check that the cook has used vegetable broth, as well as no meat.

    You and your readers may like the recipes on my blog http://living-a-better-life.com/.
    Also of possible interest: http://living-a-better-life.com/choose-simple-living/. A vegetarian diet is better for us as well as for our planet.

    Wishing you and everyone who reads this well!

  12. Loved this article! I don’t eat a lot of meat to begin with, and I liked how you started out slowly going more vegetarian and then vegan in phases rather than all at once. I’m considering going vegetarian sometime in the future.

  13. I have a similar “issue” with eating out. I cut all gluten, sugar and meat, unless the meat is super duper real meat, like hunted, which does not happen in the big town anyway. The last time I ate tiny factory beef I got so tired, and had nightmares, my gut bacteria protested for days! And then there’s the prices! Normal burger that will gradually kill me: almost free. A gluten-free veggie burger that might just prevent cancer in twenty years, two kidneys and an arm upfront.
    I thought the only risk of being a vegan was the lack of B12 vitamin?
    In terms of being “picky,” you might want to check out new information on gut bacteria, they apparently decide what we like and we can train them to change, by for example starving one type to death and grow another type in numbers by eating what they like. I think the meat loving bacteria in my gut fx. is close to extinction now.

  14. Thanks for posting your multilingually presented, worldly-wise story. This is well written, thought out and eloquently expresses the vegetarian outlook on life. I could relate a similar story from my male perspective. Thanks, too, for reading / liking my post.

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