Week 3 has by far been the hardest week for me. Everything seemed to be going swimmingly up until now. I've started to notice changes in my body, my skin has continued to clear up and I feel like I've lost weight, and unfortunately muscle, something that I didn't want to attain. However this is my fault, I haven’t ate enough protein or required macronutrients for my body. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. I have remained a vegan religiously for the past 22 days, but just because you’re vegan, that association doesn’t mean you’re super healthy and consume everything that’s natural- it’s still easy to eat shit! Due to a hectic month of work I’ve been relying on quick fixes such as muesli, nut and Alpro yogurt and maple syrup - gorgeous but lots of fat and sugar. I haven’t been stocking up on my proteins such as tofu, beans and seeds. I broke my phone so I didn’t have phone for a few days, I felt so pissed off I started craving a big, fat pizza with loads of cheese but luckily I now have an awareness of my triggers, thankfully I understand my personal process of emotional eating. Not being able to get enough protein on a plant based diet is a load of crap, it’s all down to planning. There are so many websites and sources of support out there, you just need to find the time and put some effort into it. Nothing worth having comes easy. I think committing to any kind of ethical lifestyle which requires strong principals and sacrifices is not always a walk in the park it an be a long, slow road but worthwhile in the end. At least you can go to bed being able to appreciate yourself and the life you have created, knowing that you’ve done your bit to create a kinder world. I’ve planned my food for the next 3 days. Bulk cooking is the way forward- for any kind of healthy diet, not just veganism. #6days left.
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I have been quite busy lately and inbetween my appointments, work and other stuff, I realized that there is really hardly anything you can buy nowadays in any food store, that does not contain added fats (usually unhealthy ones too). But I also came to the realization of how lucky we are, being alive in this time and space....
We live in such an abundant society, we have never had more food, we have never had more comfortable homes... so in my search for something really quick, eventhough it is not going along with my McDougall program, I decided to have more fruit and raw vegetables... it is actually so nurturing to know that no matter what, you can always return back to the roots, back to the natural way of life, no fancy stuff needed, no strange supplement from who knows where, just simple spinach salad and strawberries because they are in season... lovely... hope you are also enjoying your seasonal fruits and veggies too... love 🌸💖✨
I am enjoying the new update/s, almost as much as I enjoyed my breakie and lunch 💠Red plums, 🍓🍓, kiwis, hemp hearts
💠Chef Ernesto veggie patty, herbed cashew cheese, purple onions, olives, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles
Might mango munch, my merienda moment makes me merry... I really wanted to make that work
Last night was my first night eating out as a vegan. Many sources led me to think it was going to be a bit of a nightmare but I was pleasantly surprised. The first place we went to was Iguanas, I asked the waiter if they catered for vegans and he whipped out a veggy and vegan menu. There wasn't lots to choose from but I was more than happy and the good was fab. I got the Moqueca De Palmitos with tacos and sweet potato fries. Fit.
Porridge with peanut butter, maple syrup & almond milk.
Falafel, mixed bean and caramelised onion hummus on a wholmealpitta- this was ridiculous by the way, so tasty, I could of eaten about 10 of them.
Chickpea, spinach, butternut squash and sweet potato curry. For the sauce I used coconut milk and chopped tomatoes. Served up with quinoa. Loads of herbs and spices.... Proper. Fit.
Lots of fruit.
Day 3 and I'm feeling fab, If anything I'm feeling better... I think I'm eating more, but I'm enjoying my food more. I do feel quite bloated with all the veg and I'm hoping my body will adjust to it. I miss milk with my coffee, almond milk Is alright but I'm going to let my hair down In the diary free isle and try out cashew and hazelnut milk.
I'm feeling like this is a bit too good to be true as I'm feeling great. Let's see what the next few days had to bring.
So I have to say I'm finding this way easier than what I thought. Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself as it's only day 2 but the meals I made yesterday and today have been gorgeous and without doing this challenge I wouldn't of tried half the stuff I've tried. I would have just threw on cheese or added eggs.
Organic oats, peanut butter, vanilla extract and maple syrup.
Quinoa, pumpkin seeds, avocado, tomatoes, spring onion, chilli olive oil, garlic and loads of seasoning
Beetroot, kale, mixed bean and red pepper Hummus.
Lots of fruit!
So yeah, so far I'm loving it. I'm still trying to get used to almond milk and maple syrup instead of honey & good ol semi skimmed but overall the meals are delish. Tomorrow I might give chickpea curry a whirl. My energy levels seem to be okay I'm not constantly thing about my next meal. Let's hope I'm still saying this in a few days
My first vegan shop.
So it took me around 2 hours to get around the Aldi- baring in mind it was 9am and there was only myself and a man with a dog in the whole supermarket. I had to look at the ingredients for everything I picked up. It was annoying and sad to see that the majority of specialist dietary foods advertised as 'so amazingly good for you' were packed with E numbers and additives. Now I rarely eat packaged foods (apart from chocolate obvs) and try to stay away from bread (even though I love it with tonnes of butter on) however all breads- especially that gorgeous one filled with fruit was just full of shit. Whenever i do grab a loaf I just buy wholemeal and don't even think to look at the ingredients. The nut, paleo, gluten free- literally 95% of the packaged stuff had stabilisers which contained words longer than my arm which I struggled to read never mind pronounce . If you can't say it then swerve it.
I got to the end of the last isle and came across lots of fabulous cereals, nut bars and snack stuff. All the ingredients were natural, no additives- brilliant, I'm on to to a winner then bang 'honey' Obviously honey isn't vegan- once again got swerved.
I spent £60, but this included things like oils, big bags of nuts, seeds, maca powder- stuff that will last me ages so not every shop should cost so much.
One thing I'm conscious of is my fruit intake. I love fruit, but is more than 3 pieces of fruit a day bad due to sugar intake? So many contrasting views it's difficult to gain a correct understanding? #veganchallenge#30dayveganchallenge#challenge#vegandiary#vegan#veganrecipes#veganshop