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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.