Here’s how i’m getting on with Veganuary…
It’s a tad overdue but here’s an update on how i’ve been getting on with Veganuary. Below you’ll see a bit of a food diary of each day of the challenge so far, i’ve been completely honest and have included a few of my setbacks along the way. Generally so far, i’m enjoying it, i’ll go into more detail in a VLOG soon, so keep your eyes out! If you’re considering challenging yourself for a month to go Vegan, see how i prepared and my thoughts and feelings beforehand in THIS post.
Okay, I must admit I gave myself this as a day off because I KNEW I’d be recovering from the night before. To be honest i spent most of the day in bed without anything but water passing my lips. But in the evening, i indulged in a few last naughty treats which included cheese and chocolate. Oops. The real Veganuary starts tomorrow!
Breakfast – Coco pops and almond milk. Green smoothie (see below)
spinach, apple juice and cucumber
It wasn’t the tastiest but need to make sure I’m getting my leafy green intake!
Got the whole family involved with making a vegan soup together. As well as home made vegan bread in the bread machine.
Lunch – I had pre made some Puerto Rican inspired rice and vegetables which I had for lunch and some the day before
Dinner – The soup was slow cooking and not ready for lunch so we all had it for dinner. The bread was also ready, but came out not quite as expected. The soup went down an absolute though! Reminded my brother of the soup our Jamaican nan used to make.
*Thoughts* – It’s requiring some determination not to eat all the chocolate in the house and cheese. There’s a Camembert in the fridge which is haunting me.
Breakfast – Porridge made with oat milk, with nuts sprinkled on top. As well as a glass of apple juice and green tea.
Lunch – Can’t come quick enough! I buy a large vegan falafel wrap from the local market stall.
Stopped off at Holland and barret for supplies which came to less than £20 (hoping it lasts me a while)
Snack/Beverage – I make a nice hot chocolate with dairy free coconut chocolate milk, the only thing that helps my chocoalte craving!
*Thoughts* – I can definitely feel the change in my body. I don’t feel bloated AT ALL and feel a little more energy than usual (or not sure if I’m just recovering from food and alcohol induced Christmas binge). I’ve noticed occasional pangs of hunger/feeling slightly sick but I think that’s my body’s withdrawal signs from cheese?? Who knows, but thought i’d mention it!
Dinner – A portion of leftover soup. And made a huge batch of pasta to be used as leftovers.
Snack – Had a late night snack of vanilla soya yogurt and a hot chocolate with coconut chocolate milk. I’m addicted!
Breakfast – Had vegan ‘hot dogs’ with baked beans and plain toast.
Snacks – Salt & Vinegar crisps
Dinner – Chicken style pieces made of pea protein which are so delicious! Home made paprika wedges and a spinach, beetroot and pumpkin seed salad. With lemon and coriander hummus and ketchup. Washed down with a large glass of water of course!
i’m a huge fan of those chicken style pieces, they feel really fleshy and i just love the texture and consistency. the’re very delicious and went perfectly with the salad and wedges! a succesful healthy dinner and my favourite of the week!
Breakfast – This morning I’m not feeling too hungry.. I have a small portion of coco pops and oat milk for breakfast along with a coffee, and chain drink herbal tea until around 11am when I get ready to meet a friend for coffee. In the que at costa and feeling hungry but unfortunately no vegan options in costa so masked my hunger with a soy latte.
Lunch – Heat up last portion of pasta from day 2 and have with vegan soya free cheese and leftover salad.
Snack – Feeling satisfied from a late lunch but i’m greedy and decide to have some curly fries, with ketcup and hummus.
Dinner – Not hungry but make some tofu curry with rice to have as leftovers.
Was a really long day; had to travel to Bournemouth for day surgery under general anaesthetic. Anyone who’s had general anaesthetic will know you have to fast on the day. I woke up at 5 and had some vanilla soya yogurt for breakfast and a small bowl of cereal with oat milk. I couldn’t eat after 7am, only water until 11am and after that wasn’t allowed anything. I was starving at lunch time but had to wait until I was called into surgery at 5 (considering I eat like a trooper this was a real struggle for me!). I also drink a lot of water so not being able to have anything was difficult, but i managed to read a whole book to keep me distracted while i waited!
I came back around at about 6 and the first thing I thought about was food. They offered me some water and a packet of plain digestive biscuits, which do contain milk. They also were very limited on sandwiches and had only turkey and ham and tuna. I went for tuna as I could’ve probably eaten a whole buffet at that point and thought I’d allow myself one setback under the circumstances! I wolfed it down to the nurses surpise as most people feel a bit groggy after they wake up for anaesthetic but i was raring to go.
I was still starving on the way home and luckily stashed some dark chocolate which kept me going on the journey home.
Once we got backed stopped off at an Indian. I ordered some plain rice and saag aloo 😇 (potatoes and spinach). Which I don’t imagine has dairy or egg in it! Considering the cirucmstances i think i still did quite well!
Recovering from surgery. I was too tired to see the light of day, spending most of the day in bed. At least I was productive and got lots of blog stuff done!
Lunch – I had the leftover rice and saag aloo for lunch. Snacking on dark chocolate throughout the afternoon.
Dinner – A vegan pasta bake for dinner which my mum kindly made. I added some vegan pepperoni and vegan cheese with salad; beetroot, lettuce and avocado 🥑
Breakfast – I had a soya fruit yogurt with diced fruit and a chcocoate soya yogurt, i’m becoming so addicted to those!
Lunch – Leftover pasta bake from yesterday’s dinner, with a salad, added tomato and avocado. I also had rye bread for the first time in years, the first time I tried it I hated it but it was quite pleasant this time with vegan margarine and marmite!
Breakfast – Soya yogurt and fruit
Snacks/Drinks – I can’t for the life of me remember what I had for lunch…. Hot chocolate with chocolate coconut milk and surprisingly Galaxy hot chocoalte contains no milk powder YAY and later on a fruit smoothie. Before dinner i also had a tea cake with vegan margerine and sliced bananas.
Dinner – Made another huge batch of vegetable soup, with kale, spinach, potatoes, onions, garlic, basically whatever we had in the fridge!
Breakfast – Avocado on toast with vegan cheese and tomatoes
Lunch – Toasted rye bread with marmite and one with cranberry vegan cheese
Snack – Kallo dark chcolate rice cakes. I could genuinely eat 20 of these in one sitting.
Dinner – Leftover vegetable soup from yesterday with toasted bread and vegan margerine
Breakfast – Cheerios with haslenut milk. The first time i’ve had hazlenut milk and it is soooooo nice. I had it with coffee before leaving to go to London.
Snack -Vegan ‘cream cheese’ spread on some Nairns crackers with cherry tomatoes. And some Proper Corn, sweet and salty flavour to keep me going in London!
Lunch – A very late lunch, i resisted china town and all the other sandwhich, bagel and food places in London until i got to the Whole Foods Market. I haven’t been in so long and was saving myself for the hot ba. I got a selection of brown rice, spiced cauliflower, some chickpea and aubergine stew and ginger tofu which was so chunky and delicious. It went down in seconds but cost me a small forutne £6.50 to be exact *gasp*
Snack – Soya chocolate pudding
Dinner – Absolutely knackered from mooching around in London, so made a lazy dinner of pasta with tomatoe sauce, mushrooms and olive with vegan cheese.
It’s definitely getting easier by the day, although i’m still tempted by chocolate. Damn that addictive substance! Are you taking part in Veganuary too? I’d love to hear how you’re getting on so far and what recipes/foods you’re loving!
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