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One of the things I thought I miss the most was pizza. Today I made cheeseless pizza topped with tomato sauce, sundries tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke, jalapeños and olives… It was so good! Two weeks in still no dairy craving, eggs craving though…

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Well after my first week of 3kg loss, I put it almost all back on since I chomp on too many nuts. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I have now set myself a weekly allocation of a cup of nuts, once that’s gone, I can’t have any more till the following week.

The non-dairy thing is suprisingly easy and as of yet, I haven’t felt like I need to replace cheese with some nasty cheese replacement. Well, I don’t know if they are nasty, haven’t tried them yet, but previous vegan cheese attempts weren’t all that glorious.

I am now starting on phase 2. Eliminating refined sugars from my diet. That sort of means no processed foods as sugar is pretty much part of any processed food no matter how low in fat it is. In fact, the lower a food is in fat, the more sugar is pumped into it. I imagine that won’t be too hard apart from home baking. But I am not attempting a 100% lifestyle here, more a 80% be good approach. The problem with refined sugar for me is that having sugary things makes me grave for more food quicker and doesn’t keep me full up. So. e.g. if I have porridge in the morning and sweeten it a bit with sugar than I want more food by 10, if I sweeten it with a bit of agave nectar I feel fuller for longer. Or those low fat yogurt (which I no longer have obviously) are full of sugar.

Phase 3, will be cutting out bread and refined, processed wheat… i.e. only wholegrain stuff. I may have wholegrain bread, like German rye bread but in moderation. Again a 80%/20% split.

But tonight I am out for a Jyoti’s meal, a vegetarian Indian restaurant which has 90% of vegan food on its menu. So yummy.

I am currently totally addicted to these. I could eat them, morning, lunch, night, get up in the middle of the night. I bought several packs of the rice paper stuff from “home bargains” which is kinda like the pound shop/dollar store for 19p for a pack of 20. Let’s just say I spent £5. I know. But they are so yummy. I either have them with that peanut sauce or I make a sweet/sour chilli sauce (think chilli, some raw sugar, some rice vinegar, blender, add cucumber if too hot).

Part of my vegan journey is that I want to get away from obvious meat replacement foods. It’s very easy to just buy vegan hot dogs, vegan steak, vegan cheese etc. I am not saying that I will never buy them but I don’t want them to be the first thing I reach for when I prepare a dish. Ideally, I am looking for dishes that are vegan from the outset because they are then well balanced and satisfying. Well, in my experience anyway. Also that meat replacement stuff: it costs a lot of money, is heavily processed, bad for the environment and you know tastes often quite yucky.