Vegan Challenge | Day 4 – 10

I have been so busy over the Easter holidays, so this is a quick summary. The Vegan Challenge is still going strong!

In summary, days 4-10 were about finding my feet. I ate way too much sugary stuff and snacked like crazy on dark chocolate.

I came out in a rash of awful spots by day 9 – probably the worst since before I was married, six years ago.

Also, I was sleeping terribly. Every night I woke up and was so restless I tossed and turned for ages without being able to get back to sleep. On the plus side I was feeling OK in the daytime, so my energy levels were pretty good.

I’m still not sure if all this was just a reaction to way too much sugar and dark chocolate, or a detox symptom after 39 years of eating dairy foods.

On day 8 of the plan that we are loosely following, there was no suggested dinner option, which left me feeling a little bit lost.

On day 10 I discovered white tea. After 10 days on black tea with various “milks” (coconut, oat, rice), I had to find an alternative. Black tea is just so bitter without milk. Green tea is not much better (in my opinion), but I bought some white tea after remembering I’d read about it years ago. It is steamed and dried (rather than being fermented or partially fermented like black or green tea). Oh wow – such a lovely delicate drink. No bitterness and no milk required 🙂

All-in-all though, it was pretty easy to stay vegan and my initial cravings for milk/cream/yoghurt/ice-cream subsided quite quickly after the first few days.

Day 4

Breakfast
Muesli, prunes, coconut milk. Tea w/coconut milk. 30g dark choc with mint.
Snack
30g dark mint choc
Lunch
Peanut butter sandwich. 2 home-made oaty bars. Tea w/coconut milk
Snack
Banana, 3 home-made oaty bars!
Dinner
Lovely mushroom curry!!! (I used this recipe)

Day 5

Breakfast
Muesli, coconut milk, prunes. Tea w/ coconut milk
Lunch
Peanut butter sandwich on home made bread. Oaty bar. Tea w/coconut milk. 2 squares dark choc
Early Dinner
Tortilla, fajita spiced beans, rice, 1/2 little gem. Home made guacamole.
Evening snack
Two poppadoms and mango chutney. Cornflakes and coconut milk (I was craving non-vegan food, so eating just to stop the cravings here)

Day 6

Breakfast
Muesli, prunes, coconut milk. Tea w/ coconut milk
Lunch
Covent garden soup (quinoa, bean, chilli, lime). Home made bread, vegan spread. Handful grapes. Vegan tiffin. Couple squares dark choc.
Dinner
Oven chips, shop-bought vegetable quarter pounder, salad.

Day 7

Breakfast
Muesli, rice milk, strawberries. Tea w/rice milk.
Lunch
Covent garden soup (tomato, pea, lentil), home-made bread, vegan spread. Vegan tiffin. Tea w/rice milk. Few raisins. Several squares dark choc.
Snack
Handful of nuts.
Dinner
Mushroom and green lentil risotto.

Day 8

Breakfast
Muesli, strawberries, rice and oat milk. Tea w/ oat milk.
Snack
2 vegan tiffin. 60g dark choc
Lunch
Covent garden soup (tomato, pea, lentil), home-made bread, vegan spread. Grapes.
Dinner
Chickpea chilli and rice

Day 9

Breakfast
Muesli, strawberries, oat milk. Tea w/oat milk.
Snack
50g dark choc
Lunch
Leftover chilli and green salad, orange juice.
Dinner
Oven chips, shop-bought vegetable burger, with ketchup, salt and vinegar. Large glass of white wine (almost certainly not vegan).

Day 10

smoothie

Breakfast
Leftovers smoothie: 2 small mango, 6 strawberries, 1/2 courgette, 1/2 lime, 3 large romaine lettuce leaves, 200ml water. Tea w/oat milk.
Lunch
Peanut butter and raisin sandwich. Handful grapes. Banana.
Snack
Smoothie: spinach, 1/3 pineapple, 1/2 mango, handful grapes, 200ml water. Organic white tea. Half dozen strawberries. Few nuts and raisins.
Dinner
Roast potatoes, shop-bought vegetable burger, salad. Mixer sized bitter lemon drink.

3 thoughts on “Vegan Challenge | Day 4 – 10”

  1. Well done for sticking to it!! Doesn’t your dark chocolate still have milk solids in it? Our does here so unless you specifically buy a non dairy one you are screwed. We have a non dairy no sugar one which actually isn’t too bad…as long as you aren’t comparing it to your favourite chocolate lol

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