I'm absolutely loving the harvest this year, and seem to be spending almost all my free time with a knife in hand in the kitchen – peeling, cutting, dicing or chopping some fresh vegetables from the garden. I wrote some weeks back about the need to change our diet and eating habits to allow for the fact that there's this mountain of fresh vegetables and fruit coming in from the vegetable patch every other day.
Primarily this has meant eating far less meat than we used to – this is no hardship, since the GIYer in me wants to make the vegetables the star attraction rather than forcing them to play second fiddle.
In fact, lately I've found myself imagining something that would have been almost unthinkable to me in the past – giving up meat entirely. Eating less meat and more vegetables just seems good for my energy levels. I feel good when I eat vegetables, and I feel sort of bloated and sluggish when I eat meat.
Meat-free meals require more thought, undoubtedly, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I feel completely immersed in food at the moment, more so than I did when eating more meat. Arm yourself with some really good vegetarian cookbooks and plan ahead.