FOMO – the fear of missing out has been a thing ever since social media has been around. Wherever you look you see happy posts, pictures and snaps of people doing the most amazing things, at any given day and hour.
While some of my travel companions have experienced an increase of their FOMO levels (there is just so much to do), mine has gone down considerably. I know how to make sure my energy levels are in check and how valuable downtime is for me.
However there has been one area which I’ve been slacking in over the past few weeks, my nutrition. Being blessed with a partner who is a chef I’ve hardly had to do any cooking over the past few months, which was (and is) awesome, but has also resulted into me being slightly dependent on him. (We never fight for more than 3 hours, that’s when I get hungry and start being nice to him again haha). The problem is that I am totally detached from the process of preparing food and actively choosing what I eat. At the other hand we’ve been going to a lot of restaurants lately (again, a first world problem I know) and in countries like Spain and Portugal this has meant a lot of greasy food and lots and lots of meat.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve been a on and off again vegetarian for about 11 years before settling for my omnivorous ways. Whereas that was a good decision at that time (I was going a bit too nuts, eating sugar free and vegan and developing some unhealthy tendencies around that) I never checked in again to see if that decision still suited me.
See, I have no problem with people eating meat. I get it. Even when I was a vegetarian I would cheat every few months, because I strongly believe in giving the body what it craves. However it is not something that suits me or my body.
I feel healthier and happier without eating meat. I feel like it’s especially important to not eat meat when you are travelling as much as I do, thereby at least in some other way decreasing my environmental footprint. I won’t give up travel, but I’ll happily give up meat.
At first I decided I’d just choose to eat vegetarian most of the time. This did and did not work. Yes, I did indeed choose to eat vegetarian a lot, however it drained my mental muscles. (If you don’t know what those are let me explain it here). In an ever-changing environment I am making tons of choices on a daily basis. Any way to decrease that amount is a win.
I have been thinking of going back to eating vegetarian again for a little while now, but there was one thing stopping me. Remember how we talked about FOMO a little bit earlier? I have MASSIVE FOMO when it comes to food! Thinking about all the yummy steaks I’d have to miss, all the hung over McDonalds breakfasts (don’t judge, we all have our thing) and local cuisines that I might want to try and would have to miss, I couldn’t bring myself to make that choice again. However I realised that my (mental) health is way more important than not making a choice that would benefit me tremendously because of ‘what ifs’. Besides, how many steaks are we talking about anyway?
I’m excited to go back to a space where I am more conscious about the food I eat, where I have to make the effort to find nice little restaurants that provide good vegetarian options (and usually find a lot of fun people who go there too) and not feeling this lingering guilt about not having enough character/backbone to stand up for what I believe in.
Having my default as being a non-meat eater will decrease the amount of choices I have to make around what I will and won’t eat significantly which I look forward too. And hey, if I ever get major food FOMO I’ll just have to find someone to go on a ‘secret’ 4am food hunt with me. Adventure and health, that’s what I call a win-win.