Hmmm.. Failure on the first day.. 

Not an all out out failure. Well actually yeah it was. I blame the conference I attended today.. It had the most amazing food I have ever tasted at a teaching day. Mint, feta and pea quiche… Avocado and mozzarella purée on a brown roll.. You catch my drift.. My kale and 3 bean salad with ryvita and pureed beetroot dip was not going to last me the day. End of. 

I have realised that my normal portion sizes aren’t cutting it and that I need to be more prepared for days like today. I felt I had eaten alot yesterday but in fact I only had around 1400 calories.. AND went to the gym. Ceasing wonders and all that. 

The fact that it was a very interesting course on how human factors affect health care staved off the usual ‘need to stuff my face/stave off boredom’ and so resisting numerous cakes and biscuits wasn’t too hard.. (but I still think they were put there as a trap).

However we received our lovely fresh veg box from Fin and Farm this evening.. www.finandfarm.co.uk and it will be a race to see if we can use the veg before they go off thereby negating the lovely, fluffy feeling from being all ‘holier than thou’  caused by shopping local and avoiding Tesco. 

We also spent what felt like millions of pounds on buying items from an online health food store (so as not to line the pockets of Holland Barrett but instead probably doing a local shop out of custom.. You can’t really save money and win ethically can you?). And I shall be flexing my culinary muscles tomorrow in a bid to further convince Mr P that this is all a good idea. 

Tonight had me making some power balls that include peanut butter, honey, sesame seeds, cocoa powder and dessicated coconut… Oh and btw I realise honey isn’t vegan.. Neither are eggs.. But if I don’t eat the eggs our 2 chickens provide.. Isn’t that somehow worse? Oh OK I admit.. I’m a bit shit at this… AND have just remembered that we have friends coming on Friday so I will be having a glass of wine.. Ha but it will be vegan wine! 🍷

A plant based foray

Today is my first day of going vegan. I’ll be aiming to cut out all refined sugar, yeast and the one I’m probably least happy about… booze. All for 26 days. This is because I have just planned a last minute birthday shindig on 22nd July and will be going yurting in Cornwall in August where I am hoping to don a bikini (if the weather manages to allow it) and don’t really fancy looking or feeling like this anymore.

As you can see I have an incredibly bloated abdomen which is accompanied by lots of lovely sounds and smells. Nice. I am not sticking it out, honestly.

I have a couple of fungal infections caused by too much candida that seems to having a right good ol’ time raging inside and outside my body. My hair is getting thinner, PMT worse and I am smellier than I used to be. Delightful eh?

I have battled with my ethical demons for many years and with a couple of extra stone for the past 8. So going plant based seems like a good option. Unfortunately I like the taste of meat – not something I am particularly proud of but there you have it. I don’t anticipate this to be the easiest three and half weeks but I am hoping that by the end of it, the benefits outweigh the cravings and that’ll lead to a healthier life with a clearer conscious.  However, I am going to the South of France with two uni friends in August as well.. not sure how easily the cheese will get past me unswallowed (word?) and I already know that red wine will most definitely be drunk!