Why vegan?

I’ve been vegetarian my whole life, so I eat fairly healthily but I eat way too much dairy, sugar, and carbs. Recently I’ve started exercising (inspired by the 10k race I ran for this blog), and, with a wedding to go to, it seemed like a good time to try and eat better too. 

For about four of the last six years I’ve been breastfeeding, but not once did I let even a drop of milk past my lips. But if I’m so freaked out by the thought of drinking my own milk, milk that is designed for humans; then how can I be so ok about drinking milk that comes from animals?

That said, at this point I can’t see myself carrying on as vegan long term. After this week I hope I’ll eat more healthily, but I can’t bear the thought of not having a spinach and ricotta canelonni, or a goats cheese tart, or a cheesecake ever again. As a child it was always difficult being vegetarian, friends’ parents didn’t know what to give me “are you sure you don’t want some ham?” and menus never had very good vegetarian choices. Nowadays it’s easy, but vegan food still isn’t so straightforward. I don’t want to have to carry around my own milk and have to request something that’s not on the menu when I go out for dinner.

Why are you vegan?

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Day One as a Vegan

My first day as a vegan is done and I have loved it! I’ve eaten loads and felt good about every bite.    

Breakfast was a smoothie, normally if I have a smoothie for breakfast I am hungry again by 9am, but this kept me going much longer!  

Next up was hummus and crudités, classic vegan grub!   
A cup of tea with almond milk wasn’t quite the real thing, but certainly wasn’t bad.  

At lunchtime I went to a meeting where there were sandwiches and cake, I found it surprisingly easy to hold back, even though it all looked so good!

Instead I took a trip to my favourite health foods shop, Poppadoms, and bought more hummus, mushroom pate, and a quinoa salad.  

   After school we went to Oscar’s friend’s house for tea. I didn’t have dinner but had some yummy peaches. The actual dessert was peaches, honeycomb ice cream, and meringue pieces. Very hard to resist!  

For my dinner I made a mushroom risotto, I added a dollop of soy yoghurt to make it a bit creamier.  

Writing it all down here makes me realise just how much I’ve eaten! I guess eating a normal person’s amount of food would be the real challenge for me!

The Last Supper

Time for my next challenge! Next week I’m off to France for a friend’s wedding so it seemed like the perfect time to have a go at eating vegan for a week as a little diet. 

I’ve been vegetarian since birth so it’s not such a big step to veganism, except I LOVE cheese. Whenever I try to think of a nice vegan meal I just want to stick a hunk of cheddar, or halloumi, or Stilton, or goats cheese, or feta, or Wensleydale and cranberries on the top of it. So here’s my last supper: chips and cheese. But of course!  

 But other than that, I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll have to be more inventive and eat more healthy, colourful foods, and if my £1 a day challenge is anything to go by, I’ll look forward to cooking. Especially since I can spend and eat as much as I like this time!

Last night there was a piece on the news about how developing countries are starting to have problems with obesity because processed junk food is getting cheaper, whilst fruit and veg are becoming more expensive. I know I’ll be spending significantly more this week on food, so I’ll try and keep track as much as possible for comparison.  

 

On another note, I am reading Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl” at the moment and I just love it. I feel so inspired. It’s like the first time you listen to Nirvana as a teenager (or whatever band you favoured) and felt like they knew and understood you. Except in my case it’s the hidden me, the real essence of me that’s behind the mortgage, husband, and kids. (Oh and she uses the Oxford comma – what’s not to love?!) (and on that note, I would love for her and Jonathan Ames to do something together and write about it, wouldn’t that be something?!)