Thursday, 9 June 2011

dairy free

As some of you may already know, I'm a proud vegetarian (since circa 1996).  I have often thought to myself that I would love to be disciplined enough to be a vegan, you see, vegetarianism isn't too much of a challenge seeing as I hate the smell, taste and texture of meat, however cutting out cheese?  Now that might be a problem.  
While we were in the Lake District last week, Steve said that he was thinking about cutting out all meat apart from fish (which he loves).  I of course thought that this was a great idea!   Steve is practically a vegetarian anyway, never eating meat at home.  This prompted me to think a bit more about the whole vegan thing, and that it would be an interesting challenge for a set amount of time (Sorry, but I just don't think I could give up cheese forever!).  Also, my diet lately has been really bad, I eat far too many cakes and biscuits (Although today not one sweet thing has passed my lips!)  I feel like I have got myself into some really bad eating habits and I need to change that, I feel so unhealthy, bleugh!

So, it is decided, next week from Monday to Friday, I will be eating a vegan diet!  I did want to do the entire week until Sunday, but we will be at a wedding on Saturday so chances are I will be eating nothing all day if I continue it!  I will definitely be conscious of what I'm eating though, and try to stick to vegan food when I can :)

What I thought would be interesting, was if any one else wanted to join me, by either choosing a vegan or vegetarian diet for those five days next week.  If you do, leave me a comment below to let me know!  I am going to document all the recipes and foods that I try, so if you are taking on this challenge too, I can include you in my posts :)

Lastly, if anyone knows of any delicious vegan recipes or products (lunches, dinners, puddings or snacks!)  please let me know!  I have just been to the supermarket and stocked up on some dairy free treats, including chocolate rice milk and soya yogurts!

5 comments:

  1. I went from meat eater to vegan about a year ago and stayed that way for 3 months, since then ive been vegetarian. Veganism was easy, but unhealhty for me because all I ate was peanut buttter and dark chocolare (good times!) There is a fantastic recipe for shmlove pie you could look at, that thing is yum. I would love to be vegan again but i cant bear the lack of cheese and the vegan meat replacers are yuck in my opinion. Good luck with your challange, i love your blog and was suprised to see something about veganism on it amongst all the other vegan blogs that i follow. :)

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  2. I'm vegan, though it's a daily journey as you learn more and more about food and realise you may inadvertantly be eating non-vegan stuff... but yeah, great idea. It does take a bit of getting used to so I recommend giving up bit by bit. At first I continued to eat items with dairy products in but not items in their natural forms, like simple milk, cheese, eggs, etc. Good luck with it! I reccomend the book Vegan Freak if you want encouragement as it's a really cheerful, friendly read with positive inspiration rather that guilting you into it x

    Best of luck! x

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  3. RIGHT!
    http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=5204
    I used mashed banana instead of apple puree, pretty much the same. They were really easy and quick! Add in some cinnamon or nutmeg should you wish.

    Also, check out http://havecakewilltravel.com/
    SOOOOO delicious looking. And has nice cookie recipes!
    http://nomnomnomblog.com/recipes/
    recipes...

    I am going to have to do this as well me thinks.
    g'luck!
    xx fi
    http://www.sos-saveourshoes.com

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  4. I attempted being vegan for a week too, but it all failed on a Sunday when I went with a friend to a coffee shop which had peanut butter cupcakes...

    I would warn that it needs some preparation. You don't always think about some things. I've linked to a post I wrote my week if you want to read about my thoughts. Hard going but I might try to make another go of it. But feel the same way about cheese.

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  5. I'm a vegan!!! I've been one for about 2 years now :) It's really not nearly as hard as everyone says it is... well, if you're a pick eater like me! I can give you plenty of recipes sometime if you would like! I really love talking to other vegans - there's even a vegetarian/vegan festival in my city. It's really fun to be involved in a whole foodie subculture and just learn how to work around the holes in a normal diet.

    Good luck!

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