No Cheese For a Month?!

Veganuary-heartSo Christmas is over and 2016 has begun! We’ve had a fantastic Christmas down in Devon full of all sorts of lovely indulgent tuck- chocolate, cheese, yule log, pies and puds…nom nom nom and now is the new year and the time of year when you look down and realise your belly is a little bit larger than usual and you feel a little bit more sluggish and it might be time to make a change.

We don’t eat a ton of animal products, we’re both veggie and like to be quite healthy in what we eat so do’t eat a lot of dairy and eggs, but over the winter work has got busy and our consumption of easy treats- mainly chocolate and cheese- has gone up. We have a whole cupboard full of chocolate treats! This makes me feel a bit guilty, not only about the health implications, but also because of a lack of appreciation of products which animals don’t enjoy making for me to eat.

To take a break and appreciate these products a little more, and to kickstart a healthy year, I’m going Vegan for a month as part of Veganuary! At this point I’m not considering vegan long term but want to kick start a healthy appreciation of food without animal products to take into the rest of the year.

I’m also trying a new fitness regime which is to get back into cycling, running and yoga (all of which have been totally ignored for the last few months) and to include a Tabata workout 4 mornings a week for 8 minutes. If you’re not sure what a Tabata is see here:

So to hold myself to account, I’m going to write a couple of blogs about what I’ve been munching on and whether I have been jumping up and down like an idiot for 8 minutes on schooldays.

So far Veganuary has been easy enough-

 

Day 1:

Breakfast: oatmeal made with water and cinnamon

Lunch: Carrot and Coriander Soup

Dinner: Thai veggie moneybags/salad/hummus

Fitness: none!

 

Day 2:

Breakfast: Wholemeal toast with whole earth peanut butter

Lunch: Jacket potato and beans in a cafe (no butter)

Dinner: Mexican Enchiladas, topped with chilli seeds and guacamole (see pics below)

Fitness: Super sisters Tabata Workout 8 mins

Mashed Avocado and Chilli seeds

Mashed Avocado and Chilli seeds

 

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Veggies and Bean Enchiladas

Day 3:

Late Breakfast (it’s Sunday!): Porridge with Almond Milk, milled linseeds and strawberry compote (you can see I’m getting into this vegan thing now right?)

Snack: Pumpkin seeds and a glass of Innocent Smoothie

Early Dinner: Stir Fry with soy chicken, green beans, edamame beans, shredded veg, beansprouts, garlic, lime and soy sauce, served with Udon Noodles and topped with chilli seeds.

Fitness: Super sisters Tabata Workout 8 mins

Soy chicken and green beans cooked in garlic, lime and chilli

Soy chicken and green beans cooked in garlic, lime and chilli

My favourite noodles

My favourite noodles

Wish me luck, I hope I can get through the month without too many slips, but if I come out feeling happy, healthy and appreciative whatever happens Veganuary will have met it’s mark for me 🙂

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