Ok – I’m sure a lot of you knew this was coming! But,
I’m going vegan!
This isn’t something I’ve taken lightly; but I’ve thought about veganism a lot in the past, and always thought ‘oh it’s too hard’ and the like – but just recently, something in me changed. It’s hard to describe. It does feel wrong to me to eat an animal, or an animal by-product (milk, cheese, eggs etc), and that is the It – I just cannot justify it anymore. I shan’t go into all the exact details of why on here now because I know people don’t read my blog to feel like they’re getting brainwashed or being made to feel bad [unless you’d like to hear more – then I’d be happy to ramble!], but know that I have thought about this very seriously (though of course I think no less of anyone who isn’t vegan!! This is right for me personally – everyone is entitled to their own opinions). In the past week I’ve spent all my free non-revision time researching it in more detail than ever – the diet, the nutrients, the animal agricultural industry and so on – as I still want to be fit and healthy. I’ve got books on order about proper vegan nutrition as well; I’m doing this the right way.
I had a big talk with my mum last night too. I think she found it hard to believe at first, as she’s not sure I can still be fit and healthy, but we’ve come to an agreement. I have my morals and my ethics and I’m going to stick by them – BUT, if I can’t stay healthy on a vegan diet, she has my word that I won’t stay on it!! Health is extremely important to me, so if I do start to lose weight, or feel weak or whatever, I will alter what I eat. But saying all that, a vegan diet doesn’t mean a diet of leaves and twigs!! There is SO much more to it (ever checked out some vegan food blogs? My GOODNESS there is some variety out there! I saw a recipe for vegan red velvet cake last night – pretty impressive :p Also check out Oh She Glows.com – pretty much all her recipes are vegan!).
My main concern with veganism was the protein issue, but, again, I’ve done so much research into it now that I’m confident I can get enough. Besides, I’ve been ‘almost’ vegan for so long without even trying! I literally don’t remember the last time I ate chicken, and I never eat eggs or have dairy milk. Regardless though, I’m also going to invest in some all-natural protein powders (although I now need to do more research into THEM! Anyone have any opinions on the best sorts!?) as a supplement if I need it, and I’ll be taking a B12 vitamin 🙂
So yes! That’s my plan 🙂 I’m not going vegan AS OF THIS SECOND RIGHT NOW cos I still have some products to use up (and I do NOT waste food!!), but I will no longer be buying non-vegan things.
Aside from the morals and the food and the ethics, for me, deciding to be vegan makes me feel like I’ve found another piece of the puzzle that is ME! (excuse the hippie-soundingness of that sentence….!!) When I first discovered my love of running, it was like something clicked; discovering baking and cooking – another click. Having Chika – click again. It’s like I’m finding out who I really am, and what I stand for. Throughout High School, I desperately just wanted to fit in; I used to look at ‘the popular girls’ and be so envious, I totally wanted to be like them. But seriously, I feel like I’m discovering who I am now, and it’s wonderful 😀 I’ don’t need to be like everyone else to fit in – I’m fine just as I am. And every day, I’m becoming more comfortable with that person. It’s taken a while, but I really feel like I’m getting there.
Sooo, that’s my announcement! Sorry for the long, loooonnggg ramble….and I hope I’ll still have all you lovely readers’ support! It means so much to me 😀 If you want to know more, feel free to email me!
ANYWAY! Onto actual Tuesday now :p
Today is the day before my first exam…yes, tomorrow I have a statistics computer test. Doesn’t that sound wild!? What makes it even more wild is the fact that is starts at 8.45am, WAHEY! Hence why tonight, I’m driving back up to my uni house and spending the night there – I don’t fancy getting up at stupid o’clock if I stay at home, and being exhausted in the test..I don’t think you get good marks if you’re asleep during the exam 😛
But onto the food – for breakfast, I was going to do overnight oats layered with soft serve banana Angela style (Oh She Glows), but I had no chia seeds – so I subbed in a tbsp of flax. This morning though, I had a sea of milk over the oats! Apparently flaxseed will not soak up liquid like chia seeds do… It was too milky to do anything useful with, so I just cooked it up regular style, with a banana, an added tbsp of barley flakes, and about 1 tbsp peanut butter. Toppings today included 1/2 of one of those banana date vegan muffins I made the other day, granola, and a chopped fresh date:
Very, very good bowl!
I let breakfast go down for an hour and a half or so, and then I went out on a 6.2mile/10k run. BAH, it was horrible today! I think my legs are still tired from Sunday, cos they were sore and protesting in a major major way 😦 check out the downhill splits:
8.32, 8.31, 8.12…then my legs just said NO, so I ended up walk/running the last bit home – 8.26, 9.21, 9.12, + a bit extra for the last .2mile. My overall time was 54minutes – 3minutes slower than my normal 10k time…weird. I wasn’t feeling very happy about it, but then I thought I should put it in perspective – I did 15miles on Sunday, and it’s only Tuesday! My legs are allowed to be a bit tired. I felt better after a good self-talking to!
When I got back inside, I ate the other half of my muffin:
Before jumping in the shower. Then it was lunch time! Rather random today..Part I was a tropical Green Monster! In the mix:
1/2 cup Quinoa milk
(If you’ve never had it, do! It was an amaze taste..nothing like I’ve ever tried before!)
And 1/2 cup soya yogurt, spinach, a thin tiny slice of sourdough bread, 1/2 cup cereal, 1/2 frozen banana, frozen pineapple, frozen mango:
Topped with toasted coconut! SO delicious!! The quinoa milk made a big difference, cos it has such a strong, unusual flavour. I loved it though!
I wasn’t really hungry for Part II of lunch, but I’d already made it…twas very simple: 2 small carrots, grated/[cut up thinly cos I got bored of grating] marinated in about 2 tsp almond butter, lime juice and coriander, with raisins stirred in. Alongside, I had some roasted bean mix, and a square of raw lucuma chocolate:
Carrots = incredible! The recipe was from the Wholefoods website, so sadly I can’t take credit 😦 but it was delicious! Especially with the extra blob of AB added at the end 😛 I never would’ve thought almond butter and lime juice would work..but it does! The roasted beans were good too; the lucuma chocolate? Not so much.
After lunch, revision, horses, and a bit of baking – http://ohhmay.com/2010/03/06/the-best-granola-bars/ <- The Best Granola Bars apparently! Instead of the honey in the recipe, I used a fruit sweetener that is very like honey, but made from…fruit I think! Here they are in all their glory:
I’m yet to try one, as they were still cooling when I had my snack 😦 But I can’t wait to! The snack I did have however, was pretty good – vanilla soya yogurt, with 1/3 cup of cereal (Nature’s Path blueberry/cinnamon, Quinoa O’s, All-Bran):
Hit the spot right there 😀
For dinner, I hit up the Wholefoods website again! Baked balsamic tofu with apples:
I followed their recipe for the marinade (except I quartered it), bar subbing in some dried sage for the oregano, cos I couldn’t find any.
For the apple mix, I did as they said, but cooked the apple with some chickpeas instead (as well as a splash of balsamic, EVOO and cinnamon). With it, I had baked squash and aubergine. (NO PARSNIP! Alas, we ran out last night 😥 Gutted!! Meals just aren’t as good without parsnip…). Anyway – this was dinner:
Not bad, not bad!! The sage and apple flavours were lovely 🙂
Later on I’ll have my dessert – I have one more pot of Greek yogurt left; it’ll be my last one…..
And then straight after that, I’ll be driving back to uni for the night!! Oh, how I can’t wait for my exam tomorrow…..wish me luck!