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!
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?
1 tbsp milled hemp
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp spirulina
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?! 😛
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,