How I Slowly Cut Out Meat From My Diet Completely

I used to be part of the “But, bacon” crowd

Three white and brown baby cows with orange numbered tags in both ears.
Three white and brown baby cows with orange numbered tags in both ears.
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Eating meat in the early days

Growing up in a Dutch household, we had “typical” Dutch meals every day. We refer to this standard as “AVG”: “aardappelen, vlees, groente” (potatoes, meat, vegetables). Meat was considered the norm, and being able to afford “good meat” a luxury.

But, bacon…

Fast forward some years. I heavily cut back on products of animal origin. I never buy meat in the supermarket anymore, or choose a dish that contains it when dining out. When eating at friend’s places, I refuse to eat meat, despite the potential backlash or disappointment of me as a guest refusing to eat the meal prepared by the host.

Changes in diet

I can pinpoint the pivotal moments that influenced this change.

It gets easier

The past three years, choosing to not eat meat has become a whole lot easier. It started with adding one piece of soja or tofu to my shopping basket. Just to try it. Now, I ignore the meat section and go straight to the vegetarian aisle, and try different types of soja, tofu and what else each time.

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