Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Veganuary


Day One - 02/01/2018
I’M DOING VEGANUARY! Since spring 2017 I have been researching and learning about what it means to eat a plant based diet. It started from a desire to make pack lunches for work and how the norm of eating a sandwich with crisps and chocolate every day didn’t feel like the most nourishing option for my body. I slowly introduced daily smoothies, avocado and hummus sandwiches and vegan ‘cookies’ made with mashed banana, oats and dried cranberries along with other people plant based meals. My body just felt like it was ‘working’ so much better! The more I researched the more health benefits I found and surprisingly grew in compassion for animals. (Even the egg industry seems horrendous!) On principle I strongly believe in what veganism stands for (health, environment and animals), but changing the habits of a lifetime is terrifying and a lot of food is simply delicious! Being married to an ex-chef, food is such an important part in our lives and I have come to realise how emotionally and culturally intertwined it is for all of us. Watching Cowspiracy (available on Netflix) really opened my eyes to the environmental impact and how the rate that we consume meat is unsustainable and certainly not ‘sparingly’ in our current western culture. Even then, I have been hesitant to make a drastic change. Could I be Mormon & vegan?! šŸŒ± Would that make me too different?? After much thought, study, prayer and debate I have decided to try this experiment and see where it leads me. I am both excited and scared but I really want to achieve a full month of plant based eating in 2018. So from Jan 2nd - 1st Feb that’s what I’ll be trying my best to do! šŸ¤žšŸ» Here goes...


Week One - 08/01/2018
Today marks one week into my Veganuary pledge! In some ways it has been surprisingly easy and I’m kind of surprised that I am still alive and functioning just as good as normal šŸ¤£. I have managed to eat vegan at a @tobycarvery breakfast and @nandosuk! Vegan French toast is delicious and I have seriously stocked up on chocolate. So far the only thing I wish I could have is all the Easter chocolate hitting shop shelves (Creme Eggs šŸ˜‹) and cream desserts šŸ˜‚. But I think this change in diet has shown how much sugar I usually eat!! Today I also went back to work after the holidays and I’m excited to see how it holds up with a hectic London work life balance. Just a few days ago I was telling Bernard that there is a gap in the market for vegan ready meals and @tescofood are now launching a whole range #wickedkitchen !!! šŸ˜± I think I’ll try them all šŸ˜Š. (I’ve also just finished my weekly yoga class, currently feeling soooo gloriously blissed out and excited to eat @itsuofficial sushi for dinner.) 


Week Two - 17/01/2018
This past week I have started looking into the vitamin, macronutrients and minerals my body is receiving by using the app cronometer. While I smash my protein targets every day (without actively trying) I could be better at eating sources of iron and B12. I need to eat more greens! 

I have decided to stop putting pressure on myself to choose right now what my diet is going to be when January ends, the truth is I don’t know and this whole month is meant to be a fun experiment, one that I have wanted to do for so long so I need to just enjoy it!! Come February I have booked tickets to the @cadburyuk Creme Egg Camp and I am beyond excited! I missed out on their Easter pop up last year and immediately purchased this years tickets the other night when it popped up on Facebook. 

Over the past month I have curated a collection on Instagram called ‘Vegan London’ and it all looks SO GOOD! My sights are set on pay day so that I can go out and try a whole bunch of them! Especially the vegan pies (@youngvegansand @pieminister), hot chocolates (@darksugars and @chinchinicecream) and pizza from @purezzauk when they open in February. I love the idea of being a tropical vegan, but London winters are just not built for that. Those grey skies need hot, homey, comfort šŸ„˜. 


Week Three - 26/01/2018
This week eating this way has started to become a habit and generally a lot easier. I survived a church pot luck! Which is something I thought a lot about when I started researching a plant based diet early 2017 - if I raised future children in this way I was worried about the social aspects of them joining in with food gatherings. But it was ok! I ate a lot of beans and rice and I baked a delicious chocolate banana bread that everyone ate up! (I only got one piece šŸ™ˆ ) In future I’d like to bring a big main to share too. 

While we went out for the Lumiere light festival we stopped by Camden to fuel up and I got to try pie and mash from @youngvegans. It was AMAZING! Veganism aside, it was just really good food!! Bernard said it was the best vegan food I’ve given him and had about five bites of mine which is seriously high praise. I had the sweet potato pie, mash, fizzy drink and salted chocolate mud pie for dessert. All for only £10!!! It was seriously seriously good - would highly recommend. šŸ˜‹šŸ‘ŒšŸ»




Week Four - 02/02/2018

Today marks the last official day of my veganuary day pledge. I did it!! šŸ’ƒšŸ» 32 days completely plant based and I enjoyed it. It helped me look at food differently and explore new ingredients. No more dinner = meat, potatoes and veg combination. I always ate until I was full and focused on food being an enjoyable experience, healthy and fuel to strengthen and nourish my amazing body. Our bodies deserve love and gratitude and I LOVE how my body feels eating this way. My energy is consistent, I eat less sugar, I feel leaner, lighter, my digestion works better and while I did not do this to lose any weight, I lost 6lbs! (Granted I also attend a 1 and 1/2hr yoga class each week and walk an average of 2miles a day #londonlife) I never have that painful horrible feeling of eating too much heavy food and I really enjoy my relationship with food. Moving forward (at least in the beginning) I aim to stay 80/90% plant based and add Cadbury’s back (I have a whole tub of delicious chocolate just waiting for me) and trying some ‘regular’ foods. But who knows, maybe I’ll eat some cheese pizza and decide that it’s not something I want to eat anymore. Reflecting on this past month I have also learnt that I mainly used to eat so much chocolate just because I was hungry and not eating enough and I haven’t missed meat one bit! I still have soooo many delicious sounding plant based recipes to try šŸ˜Š. (PS vegan doughnuts from @doughnuttime_uk are INSANE)

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