We have decided to do Veganuary again this year. There are many reasons to give it a go, although I have to admit that the animals are not my reason. The health and nutrition aspects are more interesting to me at the moment. And with that said, I should warn you that what I am doing is only in respect of the food and drink aspects of veganism, I may well blur the lines between being vegan and vegetarian, but unless the menu makes it completely impossible, I will be avoiding meat and fish for the month of January, and I will be keeping a weekly blog to track it.
You can see my blog from Week 1 here.
Monday 04 January 2016
I weighed myself this morning and I am 103 kgs. I started the day with a banana and a cup of peppermint tea. Later in the morning I drank another cup of peppermint tea and ate some of the fruitcake from the Christmas Cake made by Debbie. It is a big cake, so there is a fair chance I will be eating it all the way through Veganuary. We took a walk up to the shops at the end of the day to buy some staple items which will keep us going through the week, and also some specifics for the evening meal. We used to get boxes from Hello Fresh but had put them on hold for a while before this week, when we forgot, so the box arrived. We would not be using any of the meat from the box but the vegetables were still good to use and a couple of the recipes could be adapted. So this evening we were going to adapt the lamb patties with yoghurty lentils and sweet potato discs, and came up with a meal that used the lentils, the sweet potato discs (which I really liked done that way), the onion, the red chilli, the cumin, the smoky coriander and the lemon from the Hello Fresh box, and to which we substituted soya yoghurt and soya mince, although the soya mince could not be formed into patties.
Sweet, sweet potatoes
It tasted delicious. See, I told you it was going to be more interesting this week. I drank another peppermint tea before bed.
Tuesday 05 January 2016
I started the day with a peppermint tea. We had bought a big bag of mixed nuts and raisins yesterday, and a few handfuls from that made my lunch. The nuts are peanuts, brazils, almonds, cashews and walnuts. Just for a change, I drank a rooibos vanilla tea, which I believe I may have brought back with me from a hotel in Paris. I also continued to drink water and ate a banana, and we went for a run in the evening. We picked up some purple sprouting broccoli on the way home and ate that with lentils and a mushroom and leek gluten free pie from Clive’s, which contained chestnut mushrooms, fragrant leeks, vegetables and herbs in a creamy sauce.
I ate one of the pies
I also tried a few Nakd cherry flavour infused raisins (which I have to say seems a little pointless, and I do like Nakd products, and have done even before I spread their popularity while trekking in Peru in 2011, which you can read about here) and drank another rooibos vanilla tea. I have a headache and do need to be drinking more water, so I drank some before going to bed.
Wednesday 06 January 2016
I started the day with water and an apple, and ate some more of the nuts and raisins mix before going swimming at lunchtime. Debbie put together a lunch for us when we got hom of roasted mushrooms, courgette and carrots with boiled new potatoes, on to which I sprinkled milled flaxseed, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds and goji berries; milled organic flaxseed, sunflower and pumpkin seeds; white chia seeds; maca; baobab; and hemp.
Adding the supplements
I also took some acai berry capsules with water. Apparently they will help my beauty and radiance. I ate some more of the nuts and raisins mix before walking with Debbie to her evening rehearsal, and then walking back myself, before walking there and back again to collect her, and in all covering about 5 miles. I drank some more water after all that.
Thursday 07 January 2016
I woke up to a peppermint tea and ate some of the nuts and rasins mix. I drank water through the morning and ate some cherry tomatoes. For lunch I ate a Dee’s Quinoa Pot. Quinoa is another very good memory from Peru. The pot contains quinoa, coconut milk, lentils, tomatoes, squash, carrots, onions, potatoes, and a red Thai curry paste. It specifically contains no gluten or artificial additives, no soy, dairy, gnos or wheat. I added the same supplements as yesterday, and also wheatgrass, chlorella and spirulina, and I ate it all with a slice of bread. My next task is to cut the bread out of my diet. Both Debbie and I were down in London in the afternoon for meetings and we decided to go to Amico Bio in Barbican for dinner, walking from Baker Street station to Holborn before getting a taxi the rest of the way.
Amico Bio in Barbican
Amico Bio is the brainchild of Pasquale Amico, and is a vegetarian, organic, Italian restaurant which offers a number of vegan choices. It has an always evolving seasonal menu. We were presented with a dish of pumpkin crisps and flatbreads as we sat down, and then we shared olive miste (warm marinated black olives, lupini, giant green olives), and a mixed platter for our starter. For the main course Debbie chose spelt tortelloni with pesto, olives and cashew nuts, with extra onion rings, and I had the vegan burger for that week, which came with chips, onion rings and a green salad.
We had a bottle of still water with the meal, and I had a glass of organic grapefruit and apple juice, and Debbie tried the fragolino spritz (prosecco and fragolino (an organic strawberry liqueur)). Some of the flavours from the meal would take some getting used to, and overall I would say it had been a very good vegan meal out.
Friday 08 January 2016
I drank water and ate some of the nuts and raisins mix when I woke up, and drank a peppermint tea later on in the morning. I ate some cashew nuts during the day and continued to drink water. We both worked until late and decided to just get a curry tonight. I ate sabji kufta layla (a selection of vegetables cooked with green peppers, chunky onions and tomatoes), mushroom rice and a garlic naan. I drank more water through the evening.
Saturday 09 January 2016
I drank some water in the morning before we went for a run. I ate some cherry tomatoes and cashew nuts when I got back from that. I drank water through the afternoon and after we had been food shopping Debbie cooked us up a vegan version of Old El Paso fajitas with wholemeal tortilla wraps, chunky mushrooms, peppers and onions.
Still delicious without chicken strips
I definitely needed water with the supposedly ‘mild’ sauce. We also tried some Nakd toffee treat fruit and nut nibbles, which were fun, and I ate some cashews as I continued to drink water.
Sunday 10 January 2016
Debbie had a rehearsal so we spent the day away from the house. I drank almost 2 litres of water while we were out, grazed on the mixed nuts and raisins, took my acai berry capsules, and ate some reduced fat houmous with wholemeal bread. When we got home we made a vegan thai green curry with coconut rice and brocolli.