This week is National Vegetarian Week, but as I’m mostly vegetarian anyway I’m going to try for a full seven days of only eating vegan foods. Since #veganuary I’ve become more interested in a vegan lifestyle and often cook vegetarian meals which happen to be vegan. I already use soya milk and eat soya yogurts, so a transition from vegetarian to vegan is as easy as removing eggs and cheese from my diet… however, this is only referencing real foods, i.e. meals. My unhealthy sugar addiction tends to focus on chocolate (dairy), ice cream (dairy) and cakes (dairy and eggs), so while it’s no problem at all for me to cook vegan meals, tackling these foods will take a lot of willpower.
As well as embracing veganism this week, I also want to get back to my size 10 jeans weight (and I know this will take a lot more than a week!). Since my running injury in October I’ve put on more than 1 st in weight and it feels like this extra fat is concentrated around my middle. As much as I’d like to put the blame entirely on a less active lifestyle through my recovery, the real culprit is diet, which for me means sugar. Yes, getting back to running will help but diet is the main factor in weight gain for me. I need to break the sugar habit.
Day zero – yesterday. Next week we’re having a new kitchen fitted and for the past few weeks we’ve been emptying the cupboards, fridge, freezer of as much food as possible. Our grocery bill has been pleasingly low and we’re now at a happy state where there is little in the way of naughty treats left.
Day one – today. Having weighed and measured myself and grumbled at the numbers, I am determined to have a very low sugar week… watch this space.