Hello again… Thought you’d got rid of me? Unfortunately not. I’m still about you lucky little fudge bites. However now my challenge is over I’ll be blogging less often & instead with a subject in mind rather than day to day life. Unless I take on another challenge – I have a few in mind that I need to look into.
We haven’t spoken for seven whole days – that’s a week. I think the break has done us the world of good to be honest. I don’t want us to get bored of each other. Let me fill you in on what has happened since day thirty – the last day of my challenge. It’s strange when you get into a comfortable routine to break out of it – especially when it involves food. Why? Probably because food is such a massive part of everyday life.
Wednesday I had Grazes La Peaches Provencal for breakfast -which contained gluten. I didn’t feel ill, however the amount of gluten was incredibly low. I had my breakfast with Rebel Kitchen Chai Mylk. This milk is amazing & so very tasty. I bought three cartons from VegFest – I have one left & I’m going to miss it when it’s gone. Lunch was salad & another amazming purchase from VegFest; Great Food Sweet Potato Pakora. A wonderful breakfast & lunch. Dinner was a’ treat night’ with a couple of chums to say ‘well done on completing your challenge – here’s gluten & dairy’. I had a pizza from Papa Johns. The doughiest & cheesiest pizza around. I had this in my mind all day – not sure how I felt about eating dairy & wheat again. It didn’t really want to eat it, it seemed like I was cheating & all my hard work had gone to waste. When I got home I was starving & I knew I had to eat this pizza because I wanted to see the outcome. I wanted to see truly how I felt.
The pizza came & I took a bite. I’m not going to lie to you – it tasted great. I ate it all – it took a while because it was so filling – but nonetheless it stood no match for a food pervert. However once I’d eaten it I felt cheated. Rubbishy. Again like I’d failed my challenge – even though I’d passed with flying colours & this was my reward. I shouldn’t have felt like this!
Morning came – gosh did I feel terrible. My stomach was not happy with me. It gurgled all morning, it made eating breakfast & lunch quite challenging – however both meals were Gluten-Free & Vegan – in fact it was ‘World Kale Day’ & I treated myself to a new soup – ‘Green Arrow Souper Hero’. Lots of kale to celebrate such a healthy day. The recipe has been added to my pages – it was extremely tasty, full of good stuff & low in calories.
That evening our friends Gee & I had round for dinner were repaying the favour & having us for dinner. Three course of cheese & gluten & plenty of wine. Food, company & wine were all amazing – in fact the lasagne was probably the tastiest veggie lasagne I have ever had & Jess’ homemade cheesecake was a taste sensation. However the morning after I felt even worse – not hungover. It was a food stomach ache. There & then I decided I would be Gluten-Free & Vegan for the day. The next morning? I woke up pain free.
Are you seeing a pattern? The first one is pretty obvious – whenever I ate dairy or gluten for dinner the next morning I would feel quite rotten. The second – less obvious; the meals I had made for myself all of them were Vegan & one out of three contained gluten.
As I said – Saturday I woke up feeling fine. I treated myself to my first ever homemade ‘Overnight Oatmeal’ – recipe to be added soon. My parents came down to Worcester to visit me. We decided to go for lunch at a very nice pub called The Phasent – it specializes in Gourmet Burgers. The Vegetarian option was a Mexican Bean Burger with Cream Cheese & Cheddar. My fudge – was my Dad surprised when I asked for it without the cheeses. ‘But you love cheese’ he was gob smacked. ‘Yeah… I know, but I just don’t feel like it anymore’. It obviously came in a bun. It was at that point I made my choice. It hit me like a ton of bricks.
Sitting in this old quirky pub, parents next to me, music playing, nice half a cider in one hand & the menu in the other. ‘I’m going to be Vegan… If I don’t want to eat cheese then why should I? I love cheese – I know it tastes amazing… But if I don’t want to eat it then maybe I should take this opportunity while I can. I’m already in this routine. Why change it?’ Great -so that was one half decided. Now the other challenge; ‘Do I want this burger without the bun? Not really… Do I want a Gluten-Free life style? Well yes actually I do. However I don’t want to stop enjoying my food.’
So there we have it. I’m Vegan – I’ll shout it from the roof tops, scream it out loud. I AM A VEGAN. When I write this I have a little smile on my face – so it must be the right decision. As for gluteny things – I didn’t feel ill after eating that burger bun. I felt bloated – but I was absolutely fine. Going forward I will not buy gluten products to eat at home. However when I go out for meals or go round to my friend’s house for dinner – I understand cooking for both food conditions can be taxing & not all restaurants cater for this. If there is a gluten-free option – that is also vegan – I will always opt for it. Vegan comes first, Gluten-free second, as long as I’m always happy it’ll be perfect.
I decided to celebrate my choice – Saturday night was ‘World Taco Day’ I made a very tasty vegetable taco. Totally Gluten-Free & Vegan – the recipe has been uploaded. Sunday I carried on celebrating I had more ‘Overnight Oatmeal’ this time a nutty version – recipe to be uploaded soon. I made Gluten-Free Vegan Ginger Bread & Spicy Butternut Squash Soup. Both of these dishes were amazing. The Ginger Bread is my favourite breakfast at the moment. Both recipes have been uploaded. I challenge you to make the Gingerbread Loaf any better – it is perfect.
So there you have it. My choice. Vegan & mostly Gluten-Free. I say this with a smile on my face – I hope you’re proud of me.