Vegan Week: Day Seven (Final Day!)

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Have you ever started out to do something thinking it would be difficult but then realising that it was probably the easiest and most natural thing you have ever done? This was my week of eating a vegan diet. I had preconceived notions that it would this huge challenge. I started off motivated and excited to cut animal products out of my diet after all my research. After the first two days, I thought that maybe the next three would be the hardest and I might start craving my beloved cheese, but to my surprise I was just as motivated as before. I spent the last two days waiting for the cravings to hit, but nothing! I felt satiated (for the most part) and full of energy on this delicious plant based diet.

If I were to do it again for the first time, there are a couple of things I would do differently. I would eat more starchy carbohydrates, or at least twice of the vegetable that I was spiralizing! While I was fully satiated at the time, I found that I would get hungry faster if I didn’t eat enough carbs. It is common knowledge that fibrous carbs fill you up and are release energy slowly, and while I knew this, it took this mistake for me to truly realise their benefits.

Secondly, I would meal plan more effectively. I think that I’m going to start incorporating meal planning into my weekly routine. I tend to go to the supermarket and buy whatever fruit & veg I feel like without thinking how I’d like to use them. It would make meal time a lot easier and exciting, and I could prep for the week and freeze meals too.

I would also try to eat all my fruit in the morning and afternoon and nothing too high in sugar passed 5pm as sugar, although a carbohydrate, is not where I want to get my energy in the evening when I’m least active. My body wasn’t craving something sweet but dates or mandarins were sometimes the only ‘snack’ food I would have to hand. While the sugar is natural and not bad for you, there are still healthier late night snack options to have!

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Breakfast: Shock horror, another green smoothie, pint of water and mug of green tea (in my Dutch mug!). You know what they say, if it ain’t broke….

What’s in my smoothie today?
Banana
Kale
Frozen blueberries
Fresh Mint
1 tbsp milled hemp
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp spirulina
Green Tea

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Lunch: MORE SPIRALIZED LUNCHBOX GOODNESS! This is such a simple dish yet so satisfying. Raw courgetti drizzled with the juice of half a lemon, chopped red pepper and a mixture of sesame and pumpkin seeds. I’ve come to the conclusion that I prefer my courgetti raw rather than cooked – actually, I prefer most of my vegetables raw rather than cooked! Raw vegan challenge next perhaps?! 😛

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Snack: Almonds and raw chocolate mulberries 🙂

Dinner: Dinner was a beer and two bags of peanuts after work. Not the healthiest or nutritionally balanced of meals but well deserved after a very busy weekend at work. I had discovered that corona was a vegan beer earlier in the week which I found rather exciting and definitely rewarding!! I was definitely paying for the huge increase in my salt intake this morning as I actually felt hungover because of it!!

So that’s my week of eating vegan. I’m going to continue to try and eat no animal products as much as possible. As I write this I am having a fully vegan lunch with a fresh beetroot, apple, cucumber and blackberry juice! I would encourage everyone, whether you are vegetarian or not to try to a vegan week just once. If not for ethical reasons, do it for your health!

Until the next time,

Charlene

xoxo

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11 thoughts on “Vegan Week: Day Seven (Final Day!)

    • I’m a little tired today, but I think that’s because my sleep was interrupted a few times last night. In my opinion, the key is making sure you eat enough – especially when you are eating mostly fresh produce and not processed products like vegan meats, which I don’t really like to consume as I don’t understand all the ingredients in them!!

      • Yeah, I might have just not done it right and didn’t eat enough protein or something else. Anyway, I’m interested to see how it continues to go.

        • Me too! I have continued my vegan diet so far as I’m not craving any dairy. I can’t wait to see what changes take place if I can continue with this for the rest of the month.

  1. I think it’s so inspiring that you did this! I love how you are doing this out of moral reasons. I considered trying to be a vegetarian but I’m like the pickiest eater ever, so I probably couldn’t do it. I did reduce the amount of meat I eat by a lot though. But your posts did inspire me to try eating more healthy though and I tried an Avocado for the first time today. 😀 Thank you for sharing your experience! xx

    • Thanks Sophie! Avocado is delicious – it is one of my favourite things to eat – but I didn’t like it up until last year!!! Isn’t it funny how your tastes change?

  2. I really must try Choc mulberries! Sounds like a lovely treat. Well done on completing the week!

  3. Hi!
    I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and find them to be one of my positive influences every day! Thank you!
    Question: Do you need to take a protein supplement when on a vegan diet? I have come accross a lot of nutrient tables and some talk about wet weight some dry weight…
    @puzzled.com

    • Thanks Mia, that’s lovely to hear 🙂
      I don’t take any protein supplement as I don’t think I need to at the moment but I have been thinking of it as insurance rather than because I need it! The highest concentration of protein in the world is found in spirulina, which I have every morning in my smoothie. Plus I have hemp in my smoothie too which is a great source of protein so I’m getting lots of protein first thing in the morning.
      The way I see it is I’m going straight to the source for my protein rather than eating the animal who got its protein from the leafy green veg in the first place.
      Even though my vegan week is up, I have still been eating a vegan diet for the last two days – I feel great and I’m not craving dairy anymore!!

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