28 Day Vegan Challenge : They Think It’s All Over

It is now!

Yup, I have given up my vegan experiment.  It was just too difficult when I am out of the house 5 long days a week.  Plus I am working very hard at the moment so when I am home I do not have the energy after such a long day to prepare something to take in the next day.  I was definitely losing weight, despite the nuts I nibbled.  Did I feel better?  I can not honestly say.  Mainly because the vegan diet coincided with a busy time at work and too much going on at home.  I can confirm I did NOT feel worse.  One possible benefit was that I do sometimes suffer from very itchy shins and that went away so possibly that was diet related.

Dieting is hard enough and restricting what I eat at the same time was just too much.  So I enjoyed a shepherd’s pie on Sunday and cheese on toast.  I had promised myself I could have a toasted cheese sandwich when I finished my vegan challenge.  I had one yesterday from EAT with ham in it too and it was heavenly.

I was in a different office yesterday, near Liverpool Street Station and I really enjoyed the walk back to London Bridge at the end of the day.  There is so much building work going on at the moment in London.

The Gherkin amongst building works

This is ‘The Gherkin’ – I had not realised how shiny it was until seeing it at this angle with no buildings obscuring the view.

The Gherkin

I was enjoying being outside so I took a little detour to walk through Leadenhall Market.Leadenhall Market 1

Unfortunately the shops in here are a little uninspiring but the buildings are beautiful.  When I worked near here, many years ago, there was a Cranks wholefood shop which was excellent for lunches and a music shop, Farringdon’s, which sold some unusual CDS and was good for browsing in at lunch time.  I did enjoy a browse through a book shop which has been here for a long time.entrance to Leadenhall Market

This angle is looking at the Lamb Tavern and you can see part of Lloyds of London, the insurance market at the end.  It is the silver building with all the pipes!Leadenhall Market and lloyds

I have eaten far too much bread and biscuits and even chocolate this week.  I went a bit crazy after opening up the range of foods I am allowed again.  This is such a struggle but one I must persevere with.  Tuna and sweetcorn for supper with 2 large juicy tomatoes and some grapes.  That may be the first fruit and vegetables I have eaten since Sunday.  yes, the diet has been that bad!tomatoes, tuna and grapes

I really admire people who stick to a restricted diet but it is not for me.  I will however try to add more vegan foods to our diet and cut down on cheese and butter.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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9 Responses to 28 Day Vegan Challenge : They Think It’s All Over

  1. Marianne says:

    Congrats …you did a good job. I have always found that I need to find a way to eat that I can do for the long run….. Other wise it never works for me…..You are doing a great job. Enjoying the photos of London again…hope to see it one day.

  2. laura1952 says:

    Zoe no way of eating is going to work if you are under pressure to eat that certain way. Definitely take note of what you ate when your shins start itching again because I can guarantee you that we are what we eat, inside and out. You did well and pat yourself on the back for going longer than ½ a month eating vegan. Now you can do Meatless Mondays or something like that to continue putting foods into you that have not been hormone or antibiotic induced. Or one meal a day that is totally vegan.

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