Friday, November 08, 2013
Today was a good day.
I actually got somehing done for Uni this morning before I went to work in the afternoon. I am so busy at the moment, barely have time to eat, but I'm still sticking to a vegan diet. At work there were gummybears, but I didn't have any, because they ad Gelatine and lactose in. I declined the chocolate as well, probably a first, ever! ;)
I still have 200 kcals left for today, but I dodn't think I'll need them.
For lunch I had veggie bolognese with tofu. I just tried it. It was the first time I had ever cooked with tofu, and I was surprised how easy it was, and how similar my bolognese tasted in comparison to real bolognese. It was delicious! I used fresh cherry tomatoes and got 3 yummy servings of bolognese sauce for just 300 kcal each including pasta. How great is that?!
So I had a serving of that for lunch and dinner and I'll have my last serving tomorow for lunch. So I guess you could say my Tofu experiment was a success. I adore a proper bolognese, but I could live with the tofu subsitute as well.
The only thing I worry about a little is my protein intake. I consider myself lucky if I get to 35 grams a day, but I need at least 60. Even though i added tofu and have a glass of soymilk a day, I have trouble getting my protein together without eggs and lean meat or fish which helped me to reach my daily goal before. I know it's possible to reach your protein intake on a vegan diet, but it's tougher and takes a little calculating, because my carb intage rose a little.
But I also eat more vegetables than before and maybe i think a little more about what I put into my mouth, before I eat it.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Today was one of those unexpectedly horrible days that make you want to curl up in a corner and pretend you didn't exist. Not because of the food, I'm not talking about my vegan experience, here. I actually didn't eat at all. I just didn't have the time.
I had breakfast this morning at 7. I had a course at 8, that I went to. I had brought myself an apple and one of my muffins, so that i could survive until I'd have a late lunch at 2 o'clock. That was the plan. After my first couse, I went into the library to get some of my history essays and swedish language practise done. It was around 11:15 when my phone rang.
It was my work asking where I was. God, I had totally forgotten that i had a shift today! I work at the checkout of a drugstore near my Uni. I had to pedal like crazy, still getting to work late by 40 min, which doesn't just mean less money, but of course just forgetting a shift doesn't look well to my boss, either...
As if I didn't have anything else to do with uni and all...
Well anyway, it could've been worse. But that meant that I had to work from 11:30 till 4 without any break. No Lunch, no apple, no muffin. And at 4:15, I had my next course at Uni... So now it's 7 pm and I had just had my long desired lunch/dinner...
I survived that as well, but I just feel like having a HUGE bar of chocolate as a treat. But then again: no chocolate in vegan week. So it's going to be a HUGE pot of tea instead, maybe with some died fruit.
Sounds good, too.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Well, that wasn't so hard, was it?
I started my little experiment today, and for now, I'm satisfied. I like to experiment so I baked my very first vegan muffins. I wasn't sure if that would work without eggs to hold them together, but it does. And they're really, really good, too! I decided to get rid of some leftovers, so I mixed some homemade spiced pumpkin jam with oats and grated carrots and voilą: yummy, deep orange and healthy muffins for 150 kcal. Lovely.
They do need a little longer in the oven and stay a little low, too. But then again, they're super moist and spicy.
I didn't have any problems to find stuff to eat today, but I definitely ate very healthly:
Couscous-Salad with dates, apple, bell pepper and carrot for lunch
Brussel Sprouts and Carrot in Millet for Dinner.
I also didn't miss any non-vegan food and the muffin experiment was fun. So all in all, you could say that my first day as a vegan was very successful!
I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I'm thinking about Mushroom Risotto for Dinner...
In case you're interested, here's the link to my carrot-pumpkin muffins:
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
First things first: I Am A Meat Eater!
I have always loved meat and even though I could imagine becoming a vegetarian, I'd never go without Mozarella, Chocolate, Honey and Cream-cakes!
But I like to experiment and the vegan lifestyle is somewhat fascinating for me. I wouldn't tell anyone what to eat and how to live, (and I expect the same respect from others), but I have often failed to understand the motives for a vegan diet. Vegetarians - ok, I get that... No Eggs as well, maybe. But do we hurt bees by eating honey? And isn't a cow producing milk anyway?
No, a cow only produces milk if it has a calf. A dairy cow has to have one calf every year to be profitable to a farmer. Those Calves that are taken away from their mother at a young age and eaten, because there's too many.
If you look at it from that perspective, I'm beginning to understand vegansism. I'm still not going to adapt it, but I wanted to start an experiment:
One week of vegan diet. Full-on. From a dedicated meat/fish/egg/milk and CHOCOLATE-EATER to a vegan lifestyle.
I like all kinds of vegetables and I have already been thinking about it for some time, studying ingredient labels and eliminating non-vegan foods in my kitchen.
In preparation and for my last day in "freedom", I have set out to consume all animal products in my fridge that won't keep for at least a week.
My grandfather has spent the weekend smoking trouts he had cought himself for me, because he knows how much I love them. That's going to be my last supper. And tomorrow, there's going to be tofu and veggies!
I intend to write about the difficulties of finding ngredients and also post pictures of what I eat (and wheter I like it!)
Let the vegan games begin!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
I've finally moved to my University town and moving out has become me brilliantly. I love it here, I love the town, I've new friends and everything's just perfect. The studying suits me as well.
I have a swimming pool right next to my flat, so no excuses there. The university has an excellent sports programme where I can take part in anything from boxing to climbing or Yoga and Zumba. I've decided to try Latin Aerobic, which is even harder than Zumba, but just as much fun. And I eat only when I'm hungry, (I have to pay for my own food now, so I consider better^^) and go swimming twice a week. The town is so little, that I can walk everywhere on foot, which means, I'm generally walking more. So all in all, just perfect for loosing weight and starting a new life.
But about two weeks ago, when i was in my way home, I tripped, twisted my ankle and apparently I've snapped a tendon in my right foot. So, sport's over for now. I can walk again, thank god and I guess everything will be alright, too, but still... I've just gotten used to my exercise routine, and now I really miss it. I guess I'll just have to walk more and in about 4 weeks, I'm allowed to go swimming again.
So, not so bad after all, but I'd really like to go swimming today...
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