Veganuary – Week 1

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have seen me mention I’m taking part in Veganuary this month! You can probably guess from the name, but for those who don’t know this is basically a challenge to go Vegan for the whole of January. There are so many reasons to cut down on the amount of meat, eggs and dairy we consume. I won’t talk about them in this blog post, but you can find out more on the Veganuary website if you’re interested.

I stopped eating meat over 6 years ago and have thought about going Vegan for a while. After consuming my body weight in cheese, wine and chocolate over Christmas, I thought now would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try.

Here’s how I got on in week 1…

Jan 1st (Pre-Veganuary): Woke up at 6.30am (still drunk) to the sound of my cat eating a bird under my bed. Great way to start the year. Fell back asleep for a few hours, before waking to a horrific hangover. Spent most of the day in bed sleeping and watching Netflix, before eventually dragging myself to the kitchen to cook the spinach and ricotta pizza I’d bought the night before. Started reading about Veganuary online and decided this would be my last pizza for a while. The challenge starts tomorrow…

Jan 2nd: Woke up late so cooked up some roast potatoes and baked beans for brunch. Then it was time for my first vegan food shop! I made a list of meals I wanted to try this week so I had a rough idea of what to buy. I picked up a big bag of oats, bread, a few cartons of almond milk, plus plenty of fruit, vegetables, nuts and snacks. One of my friends came over for dinner that evening so I cooked us a sweet potato, spinach and bean curry (adapted from this Deliciously Ella recipe), served with quinoa and brown rice.

Veganuary - sweet potato bean and spinach curry

Jan 3rd: First day back at work after New Year! I prepared some overnight oats the evening before (made by soaking oats in almond milk) so breakfast was ready and waiting. Added some seeds and nuts for a protein boost. Lunch was ciabatta stuffed with houmous, spinach, avocado, tomatoes and various other veggies, then dinner was a baked potato with beans (I was feeling lazy).

Jan 4th: Another day, another bowl of overnight oats for breakfast. I tend to eat at my desk once I get to work, so I like having something ready-prepared which I can grab on my way out the door. Lunch was leftover curry served with quinoa and rice. Dinner was another veggie-filled ciabatta, followed by a homemade smoothie for dessert. I love smoothies and they’re so easy to make. Today I mixed frozen banana, almond milk, a spoonful of raw cocoa and spirulina powder, then popped it all in my nutribullet. The spirulina turned it a weird forest green colour, but it tasted delicious.

Jan 5th: Starting to get really good at making overnight oats… Lunch was the last of my leftover curry, then dinner was tofu and vegetable stir fry, served with rice noodles. I was craving carbs after a heavy gym session so also had half a baguette with some dairy free butter.

Veganuary - Overnight oats with raspberries and blueberries and peanut butter

Jan 6th: Breakfast was (you guessed it) more overnight oats. I usually have it with nuts, seeds and berries, but today I added a dollop of peanut butter to mix it up a little. If anyone has any other easy breakfast ideas please let me know in the comments below! Lunch was avocado on toast, then for dinner I went to a Chinese Buffet for my sister’s birthday. This was my first time eating out as a vegan, so I was a little worried about finding something I could eat. I checked with the servers and they didn’t seem to be 100% confident on which dishes contained eggs or dairy (annoying). I stuck to the dishes marked “Vegetarian” and avoided anything that looked like it might have butter, milk, eggs or cheese in it. It’s a good job I like green beans, tofu and vermicelli noodles! I also filled up on a plate of chips with ketchup.

Jan 7th: Treated myself to a lie-in then made a massive stack of pancakes for brunch (another Deliciously Ella recipe). Dinner was another tofu stir fry, then I went out for karaoke and drinks in the evening. I forgot to do my research beforehand, so I tried to stick to gin and tonics as I know most spirits are vegan-friendly.

Veganuary - Deliciously Ella Vegan Pancakes

I should probably point out that the above is just a quick summary of what I ate this week. I also snacked on fruit, nuts and Aldi’s Raw Choc Brownie bars. I exercise almost every day so I’m always conscious about keeping my calorie intake up. If you’re thinking about trying Veganuary I’d definitely recommend using the advice on the website and downloading the My Fitness Pal App. I’ve used it before for tracking weight loss, and found it’s really helpful for making sure you’re eating enough!

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14 Comments

  1. January 9, 2017 / 11:52 am

    I wish I had the dedication to do this! Definitely saving that pancake recipe though!

  2. January 10, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Day 1 made me giggle! Cats for you, I guess… not what you need on new year’s day of all days! Well done on pledging to do veganuary. I used to be a veggie, so it doesn’t appeal to me. I didn’t miss meat, it was weird things like wine gums. I only went back because i like very few vegetables so wasn’t worth cutting out even more food groups. Good for non-fussy people lol. Anyway good post :) keep up the veganuary updates x

    • January 12, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you :) I love vegetables more than I ever enjoyed eating meat, so it’s been a pretty easy transition so far. Hoping I can keep it going!

  3. January 10, 2017 / 10:16 am

    I don’t think i could go vegan. i was veggie once and that was a lot easier than vegan. Good on you for doing it x

  4. January 10, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I am a vegetarian but I would like to try and go vegan for a bit to see how it feels. I love the sound of that curry!

  5. January 10, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    I’m vegetarian but one of my goals for this year is to become fully vegan (I’m already eating vegan at home most of the time). There’s a pack of cheese in the fridge that I got from my parents for Christmas, so once that one is gone I’m going full vegan at home, then as a second step vegan at work as well, which is harder cause they only offer vegetarian and meat dishes so I’ll have to stat taking my own food to work.

    • January 12, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Yeah one thing I’ve found hard is remembering to prepare food the night before. I think it’s a great idea to start by eating vegan at home, then work your way up. If I wasn’t doing Veganuary that’s how I’d do it!

  6. January 11, 2017 / 12:32 am

    Loving the dedication! I’m not sure I could go vegan, but maybe one day I’ll give it a try. I need to try overnight oats!

  7. wha2wear
    January 11, 2017 / 7:17 am

    Those meals look so lovely! Actually all the vegan food I see looks really colorful and delicious. I’m not vegan but I like to eat healthy, so I may give it a try too! x

    • January 12, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      I’ve made the curry before for friends and family who are meat eaters and they loved it too! You definitely don’t have to be vegan to enjoy meat-free meals :)

  8. Sarah Bella
    January 11, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Oh your cat sounds like mine!! Anyway, all of your meals sound and look amazing! Love the sound of sweet potato, spinach and bean curry, yum! I might give that a try – I’m not vegan but honestly, it looks amazing! xx

    • January 12, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      Yay! Hope you enjoy it if you do give it a try :) I’ve made loads of Deliciously Ella recipes and they’re so yummy. I’ve cooked them for meat eaters before and even they liked them!

  9. January 15, 2017 / 8:45 am

    This is fab! I’ve got a post coming up on Veganuary if you’re looking for some places to go out for breakfast or lunch. I’m a vegetarian but sometimes try and go vegan :)

  10. January 15, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I have been reading a lot of negative things about vegan diets recently, so was really interested to see the range of meals and different foods you have been trying.

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