One night in New York, Cal and I met a girl who was being Vegan for a week to see if it helped her lose weight and feel healthier. I thought she was mad and could not in any way shape or form see myself doing it. Anyway, three weeks later, here I am, doing it myself.
First of all, this is not only for me to try to lose weight healthily, but also I like to test and push myself, like I did with my 22 days detox. This mixed with exercise, including my bum blitz and regular yoga, I’ll be getting that beach bod in no time. However I certainly know I won’t be able to keep this up for longer than a week. It’s not so much about the foods you are left with to eat, as I can happily live off boiled rice and prosecco forever, it is more about how time-consuming it is to check every food product (a 10 minute trip to Sainsburys took 50 minutes) and it is almost impossible to eat out in a restaurant. Even a trip to Costa is taxing.
So here is my diary of what I have eaten through the week that I was vegan ;
- Green tea, water, blackcurrant and apple juice
- Red pepper hummus w/ pitta bread
- Vegetable rice w/ extra green beans and peas
- Whole grain pasta with homemade tomato sauce
- Green tea and Jasmine full leaf tea
- Soy Iced Mocha, Green tea and Water
- Olive Bread w/ Peri Peri hummus
- Rice noodles with mangetout and peas in toasted sesame oil
- Cashew nuts
- (plus a few glasses of Prosecco and pomegranates with Cali)
- Green tea, water, green tea with jasmine full leaf
- A few spoonfuls of different types of granola and muesli w/ coconut milk
- Hummus with pitta bread
- Homemade potato and sweet potato, onion, w/ olive oil, organic chopped tomatoes, crushed garlic and black pepper (made by Cal) w/ broccoli and green beans, and indian vegan vegetable rolls (sold in Sainsburys)
- Green tea
- Nutty cereal bar
- Basmati rice, toasted sesame seed oil, garlic, peas and mangetout
- home-made curry, w/ broccoli, potato, peas, carrots and green beans, in a bhuna sauce, w/ poppadoms and mango chutney.
- Hot water and lemon, green tea
- Left over curry from above
- Sweet potato fries with a vegan sauce and a naughty fanta
- Green tea, soy mocha, water
- Mixed Beans and whole grain rice and vegetables
- Linda McCartney lentil cakes, crushed baby potatoes and fried carrots, peas and green beans with garlic. (as a side note, please be aware that all vegetarian products, such as Linda McCartney and Quorn may not be Vegan as well)
- Green tea, water and Jasmine full leaf tea
- Nutty cereal bar
- Linda McCartney sausages with Cali’s homemade chips and vegetables
- Dairy and gluten-free coconut ice cream (which I have got to admit, wasnt the best)
- Bag of mixed nuts to snack on while watch Geordie Shore.
So… that’s the end of doing vegan for a week.
The advantages are definitely that I feel a less bloated and stuffy, I’ve also noticed that my skin has a little glow to it, also its been a chance to use a lot of the pasta and rice I have gathered together over the years in my cupboard, so I’ve found myself not spending a lot of money. However, I’ve got to say that not a lot of the meals left me satisfied or full and I kept having cravings for a bit of cheese on my pasta, or a bit of milk in my tea. But apart from that it hasn’t been as bad as I initially thought it was going to be.
For anyone thinking about giving it ago, I would say, absolutely! I definitely feel lighter, I think I must have lost a little bit of weight, however I wouldn’t know this for sure as I make a point of never weighing myself!
If anyone doesn’t have a clue about veganism and is up to giving it a try, then there are plenty of books and websites to look at, or just leave a comment below and I can try and help.
Till next time…