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.
Muesli, prunes, coconut milk. Tea w/coconut milk. 30g dark choc with mint.
30g dark mint choc
Peanut butter sandwich. 2 home-made oaty bars. Tea w/coconut milk
Banana, 3 home-made oaty bars!
Lovely mushroom curry!!! (I used this recipe)
Muesli, coconut milk, prunes. Tea w/ coconut milk
Muesli, rice milk, strawberries. Tea w/rice milk.
Handful of nuts.
Mushroom and green lentil risotto.
Muesli, strawberries, rice and oat milk. Tea w/ oat milk.
2 vegan tiffin. 60g dark choc
Muesli, strawberries, oat milk. Tea w/oat milk.
50g dark choc
Leftover chilli and green salad, orange juice.
Leftovers smoothie: 2 small mango, 6 strawberries, 1/2 courgette, 1/2 lime, 3 large romaine lettuce leaves, 200ml water. Tea w/oat milk.