Still alive and kicking
Andrew Murray 03/12/2013 16:19:00
Well now it’s over and looking back it wasn’t too hard. I know it was only a week and my meals may have become repetitive if I continued for much longer but I survived…
The biggest impact I noticed was that my recovery time following exercise was much longer. There are plenty of vegan athletes and body builders so it mustn’t be that hard, I’m just assuming my body is adapted to a higher protein diet so struggled with the lower concentrations of protein in vegetables. Other than that it was all good in the hood.
One thing I did notice is the amount of people who think you’re crazy, especially when you start listing what you can’t have. As well as, the most common response to any vegetarian/vegan – “bacon is good”.
Starting to consider that if I can manage my first week full on vegan I should be able to carry on. Although maybe switching to vegetarian for a few months first or just not defining myself through a strict diet. Maybe behaving vegan and vegetarian in general but with the odd use of leather, occasionally eating high quality meat; some milk/cheese now and then would be nearly as good regarding environmental/animal welfare without having such a significant impact on my life.
Maybe if current vegetarians/vegans weren’t so strict about their habits or embraced others who aren’t as good as them, the general population would be able to adopt certain practices or at least re-consider their habits without being forced to conform to other people’s ideas or what is or isn’t allowed. An example being at a BBQ and being ordered to use entirely different utensils for the meat and non-meat products, as many of us may have experienced. Or eating honey, yeah it does exploit bees and feeding them sugar to replace the lost honey could have a detrimental effect on their colony. However it does support a vital ecosystem service. Where does the balance between greater good and do no harm lie?
Unless there is some strict religious reason then chilling out about rules regarding food and products, could do a great benefit. Everyone will be happier and maybe you’d attract more people to your way of thinking rather than alienating or confining them as those who are vegan/vegetarian and those who aren’t. There’s a middle ground which if everyone was able to adopt would have a much greater impact global impact. I’d love the world to be clear cut in every decision needed but it’s not and that’s life, maybe it’s best to make the best decisions I can, knowing some may turn out to be wrong in hindsight but at least they were made with good intensions.
Settling into vegan
Andrew Murray 27/11/2013 16:21:51
Routines and thinking has already began to change and it is becoming second nature to think about food and what I can have. Although someone brought up the many shampoos and conditioners have animal products in them, after a worried, quick google it seems the one I use is OK.
After two weeks with very little cake in the office there’s three loads in two days and I can’t have any of them. Begin to feel spry for vegans for missing out on all the good birthday cakes. Then had a lunch event which organised vegetarian food for but still was limited to veg and chickpea wraps. There was mulled wine though and we all know that everything is better with Mulled Wine :)
Bad day, good food
Andrew Murray 26/11/2013 16:19:01
Can’t lie, getting used to a new diet is hard, woke up in the middle of the night feeling rather hungry, but on the good side soy milk and cereal is pretty good. Then managed to have a fall while cycling into work, which is never nice. Lunch of 7 bean chilli from last night tasted pretty good for lunch though.
Plenty of ups and downs today. Would have killed for a proper cup of tea with milk, especially after my soy drink split and curdled when added to coffee. No one warned me that would happen! So stuck to black coffee and herbal tea all day. Probably better for me but my motivation for life is lacking without a constant drip of strong tea.
Not sure what I’m going to make tonight, got a whole load of veg, lentils and carbs sitting at home which is going to have to get together some how…
Andrew Murray 25/11/2013 15:13:19
So far, so good. After a busy weekend of social engagements I had to rush back to Birmingham on Sunday to get to the supermarket before it closed. Feeling tired, fragile and with a nagging sense of guilt, a side effect of the previous night. I wasn’t in the best mood for a busy Tescos. The mental list of what I would need to buy began to evade my sleep deprived brain and my alcohol abused body was feeling the strain and wanted to return to the preferred horizontal postition. Not the best condition to be shopping.
Not knowing what to get and where to find vegan items I took the approach of grabbing anything I like that didn’t involve meat, dairy or animal products. Before I knew it my basket was full and significantly heavy, to the point where I kept dropping items then trying to chase them through a sea of angry shoppers. I must have bought something I can eat…
Highlights of my randomised vegan shopping adventure were: vegan cheese flavour spread, soy milk, enough lentils/beans/pulses to feed a small family and as a treat a big bag of oven chips. No idea if I’ve got all the right ingredients to make proper meals let alone well balanced nutritionally sounds meals, but food is food right?
Managed to survive so far, toast, peanut butter, houmous, soy milk in my tea, snacks of fruit, nuts and crisps. The big test will be tonight after my gym session when I normally seek out a high protein meal. Still waiting on my vegan super powers though…
Last meat filled weekend
Andrew Murray 22/11/2013 15:21:56
Nearly cold turkey time… As next week draws closer the more apprehensive I am feeling about this challenge. Having a quick peak into Tescos last night, I started mentally un-ticking things from my usual shopping habits, by the end there wasn’t much left.
Even worse is the realisation that next weekend I’ll be meeting up with old Uni friends in Newcastle. Involving going to the NUFC game, a meal afterwards and many pints, none which seem vegan friendly. Not sure if veganism has reached Newcastle, having lived there for a year I can’t remember seeing a vegetarian restaurant (although most likely to a lack of looking) what I do remember is Greggs. Lots of Greggs. On every street corner. How I’m going to resist a steak bake in it’s home town I don’t quite know… Or a full English breakfast in the hotel the morning after…
This may be a tough week. If you see me around looking dishevelled and grumpy please be understanding. Had a couple of supportive responses or facebook messages but the most common is laughter and/or something about bacon. I have great friends J