New Year Resolution = To Be Vegan

I was vegetarian for all of 2015 apart from a couple of mistakes; some gelatine in a jelly a friend made for me, some fish sauce in a Thai vegetable curry and some chips cooked in beef fat.  I think that was it.  I tried to be vegan too but had many failures but I would think that on balance, I ate far more vegan meals than non vegan.  The areas I struggled with were cheese, butter, chocolate, cakes and biscuits.  But I am confident I can now do without those too.  There are many vegan cakes and biscuits available which are very tasty and I must not allow myself any chocolate (the dark stuff doesn’t tempt me, I like milk chocolate).  I ate butter and cheese over Christmas and I didn’t like it anywhere near as much as I remembered.  It seemed greasy and fatty so I think I can go without them too.  So my intention for 2016 is to be:
100% vegan

This is the favourite picture from this years batch of Christmas cards – thanks Michelle for the card.  So yes, from now I intend to be 100% vegan.  Well, I have 2 qualifiers for that statement:

  1. I will eat vegan but not fully adopt the vegan lifestyle.  I am sure I will move to that eventually but for now I am not willing/able to throw out my leather shoes, sofa, car seats etc but when they cease to be functional/useful, I will replace them with non animal derived equivalents.
  2. Honey.  I completely and totally accept why vegans do not consume any animal products except for honey.  My sister-in-law, Anne, gave me some home produced honey for Christmas.  Honey made by the bees she keeps in her garden in Balham which I think is really cool (a. that she makes honey and b. that it is from a small urban garden in London) and I am going to enjoy it.  When she collects the honey from one hive, she moves the bees to another hive and so on, back and forth they go.  I don’t see the harm in that so I am going to enjoy my Balham honey.

I had a very late night, courtesy of Marion and Colin who threw another memorable party to welcome in the new year.  Thank you very much to my wonderful neighbours and everyone I enjoyed chatting to and singing along with; it was a good ending to what has not been one of my favourite years.  I staggered home at about 3am and when I woke up, it seemed to me that the best thing I could do would be to rehydrate and nourish myself.

I wanted a green juice so I picked some kale from the garden; it’s wet from frost or rain.kale 1-1-16I grow 2 types of kale and used some of each for a broader range of nutrients.
kale 1-1-16 2 I really fancied some citrus in my juice.citrus for juicing Plus apples and green grapes.fruit in jug That made made 1.25 litres of juice.green juice 1-1-16 Yummy.green juice 1-1-16 2The juice kept me going until the afternoon when I needed a quick snack so I made some guacamole and mashed it onto 2 slices of homemade wholemeal bread.  I like making my own bread as I can be sure it is vegan.

guacamole ingredients I was too hungry to toast the bread and enjoyed it as it was.guacamole on toastSupper was made up of leftovers.  Sone roasted onions, potatoes and sweet potatoes from Christmas Eve and some of the veggie chilli I made and took along to the NYE party – the “farty bean thing” as Marion described it when we were allocated dishes to bring along 🙂farty bean thingy Filling and comforting and sufficiently tasty.farty bean thing

So, the first day of 2016 has been a success on the eating as a vegan front.  I didn’t manage a walk though but was busy tidying Christmas away so I have actually walked 7,800 steps which isn’t bad.

Happy New Year to you all.

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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2 Responses to New Year Resolution = To Be Vegan

  1. laura1952 says:

    Happy New Year and New Way Of Life Zoe.

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