28 Day Vegan Challenge : Day 6, 7 and 8

The good news is that I have remained vegan now for 8 days 🙂  The bad news is that I have another 20 days to go!  Only joking actually as I am really enjoying the challenge.  There have been times when it has saved me from eating naughties too.  For example we had a breakfast meeting on Wednesday and one of my colleagues kindly bought breakfast for everyone; croissants, chocolate brownies and chocolate chip muffins.  What are men like?  I don’t think a female would have bought that lot for breakfast.  I was the only one out of 8 of us not eating it.  And the only female.  I confess, that had I not been vegan I may have succumbed but I didn’t.

I have had a really busy week again with many early starts.  I enjoy travelling early as the train and streets are much quieter.  Look how few people are walking over London Bridge at 6:45 am yesterday morning.

looking North on London Bridge

The buildings were briefly touched with a warm orange colour as the sun rose.  This is the bridge between London Bridge and Cannon Street stations with Cannon Street station and then St.Paul’s in the background.Cannon St at sunrise

Looking East the sun is rising behind Tower Bridge.  How could you not love such a visual treat first thing in the morning?sunrise 7-2-13

I have not noted or photographed what I ate days 6 and 7.  Every day I have taken in oats which is about the best thing I can think of to take with me.  I took lunch in one day and yesterday had a falafel and humous wrap.  On day 6 I had nothing for dinner.  Having left home at 5:30am I didn’t get home until 9:30 pm and I was just too tired to do anything other then go straight to bed.  Last night I had guacamole and tomatoes on toast.  So nothing particularly interesting but all as healthy as I can manage when I am spending virtually no time at home.

Occasionally (twice) I have been really hungry so I have snacked on nuts.  Both the office canteen and EAT sell unroasted and unsalted nuts which is much healthier then the roasted and salted ones.

This morning I took oats in again, with almond milk, vanilla soya yogurt, chia seeds and blueberries.  I have been really disciplined about measuring my breakfasts in an attempt to keep portion sizes small.  I have 30 g oats and 150 ml milk.  1 tbsp chia seeds swell up in the milk.  Without them the consistency may be a little too runny. breakfast 8-2-13 at desk

The blueberries are frozen but by the time I get to work they have defrosted.  I have decided I actually prefer the frozen ones as they seem to have more flavour and they are definitely much cheaper.breakfast 8-2-13

We had a workshop from 12 – 3 today.  My 4 (male) colleagues nipped in to a sandwich shop to stock up with sandwiches, crisps and sugary drinks.  Adam had brought some cookies from home which I managed to decline.  I couldn’t find a vegan sandwich so went for a falafel and humous salad from EAT.  It was really nice but it does seem to be one of the very few options available to a vegan in a hurry.

falafel salad 2

There were 3 or 4 falafells, a small dollop of humous, an interesting mix of vegetables, chickpeas, parsley and  couscous.falafel salad 1

What is this then? thick smoothie 8-2-13

This lot once they have been through my blender; white chia seeds, hemp milk,frozen banana, frozen berries, apricot kernel and brazil nut butter, avocado, spinach and kale.  This was all I had the energy to make tonight for supper.   It was a bit thick and didn’t taste quite right so I tipped it back in and added 4 dates and some orange juice which made all the difference and I then really enjoyed it.smoothie ingredients 8-2-13

Thank goodness it’s Friday!  I have enjoyed work this week but it has been demanding, difficult and long.  Very, very long.  I have done quite a lot of walking as we have been to several offices around London.  I went to 3 today alone and we walked to them all; the office near Borough Market, the one near Moorgate and one on Bishopsgate which is near Liverpool Street Station.  I had not been to the office on Bishopsgate before and it is in a building I used to work in from 1993 – 1994!!  It was strange to go back there.  We have walked miles and the people I work with walk very quickly so it is quite hard for me to keep up but it all aids fitness so I shouldn’t complain.

All that remains is for me to go and treat myself to a well deserved glass of wine and to wish you all a very happy weekend.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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6 Responses to 28 Day Vegan Challenge : Day 6, 7 and 8

  1. Bruce Gamble says:

    Beautiful images as ever, Zoe. I’m not sure that I could “do” vegan though. I feel quite virtuous just following the two-days-a-week max. 500 calorie diet!

    • Thank you Bruce. Lovely to hear from you and I appreciate praise for my photos. Are you dong the ‘Fast Diet’? Some of my friends are doing that but I am not sure I could do the 500 calorie days when I am working. How do you find it?

  2. laura1952 says:

    Zoe I commend you for being such a great example of what you can do when you set your mind to it. I don’t know if I could do vegan since beans and chickpeas are definitely on my high list of things I cannot get into me without gagging. It isn’t that I don’t like them. It is the texture of it. Hummus made with the chickpeas is just as bad. So considering your options I give you a T.G.I.F. Standing Ovation for your diligence.

    • Thank you Laura. I actually like beans and chickpeas and really like humous and falafel. However, it would soon become boring if you were a permanent vegan. I am disappointed by the choice available to vegans and this is in London, not some small rural community!

  3. laura1952 says:

    I also agree that the photography is spectacular and brought a smile on a very, very, snowy day of shoveling for over an hour 3 times today.

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