In case you’re not already aware, I’m taking part in Veganuary for the third (or is it fourth?) year running. Having done it so many times before – and going full vegan for the entirety of my last relationship – I’m definitely finding it a lot easier this time around. That doesn’t mean it’s not without a few challenges but, overall, I’m so much more confident with what I’m doing now.
Here’s how my second week has gone. Catch up with my first week here.
DAY EIGHT – TUESDAY
I’m not going to lie – I can’t even remember exactly what I had for lunch or breakfast today but I’m pretty sure I had a cheese and onion sandwich. Man, I really need to mix up my lunch ideas. Dinner was horrible tonight. I planned to have stir-fry, but didn’t have the noodles in (I thought I’d ordered them with my online shop but obviously not!). So I put together a pre-made curry kit (all vegan might I add), but it didn’t taste very nice at all and I somehow got hot sauce in my eye when opening the packet; so not a huge success I must admit!
DAY NINE – WEDNESDAY
On Wednesday, I actually had time have breakfast at home for once, so this was avocado on toast! I can make it at work too, of course, but I rarely ever get up early enough to eat at home. Lunchtime was exciting though as I finally got a chance to try the Gregg’s vegan sausage roll! It was delicious and I was very impressed. Three different people were waiting for them to be cooked whilst I was there and loads of people we’re talking about it in the queue. I love that it’s got people talking. After work, I headed over to see the guy I’m seeing and he made me a vegan stir fry! It was delicious and I was really pleased; he wouldn’t even let me help and made the entire thing by himself. He’s a full-on meat lover and back before Christmas even offered to eat vegan with me every time he saw me in January which I thought was lovely. I told him he didn’t have to do that, but it’s nice that he still made a bit of effort. I think my veganism has rubbed off on him however as since then he’s told me his New Year’s resolution is to cut down on meat and dairy! So that made me really happy – every little helps 😉
DAY TEN – THURSDAY
Today I had a smoothie for breakfast but lunch was pretty disappointing. We had a big meeting at work so my boss got in a platter of sandwiches from M&S…none of which were vegan, of course. I knew this would be the case, so I still made sure to make a sandwich for work (cheese and onion), and had some of the crisps she bought. Not very exciting or varied at all! For dinner tonight I really didn’t have much patience so just grabbed random bits of what was in the freezer – breaded mushrooms, a vegetable pattie, a falafel burger, chips and some vegetables. So random and uninspiring, but it did fill me up and made a bit more space in the freezer.
DAY ELEVEN – FRIDAY
By Friday, I was running out of quick and easy vegan snacks at home, so I literally just packed the most random bits for lunch again. I had a pear, some Chipstix crisps and a Nakd bar – so not much at all! On the way home though, I popped into Sainsbury’s to pick up the vegan katsu curry that everyone has been raving about and ended up buying so many different things from their new vegan range – I was very impressed! Friday night is curry night in the Joy household so I had my vegan katsu curry and just ordered some onion bahjis – a successful evening of yummy food, I would say.
DAY TWELVE – SATURDAY
Saturday – as always – was a bit of a lazy morning for me. I grabbed a quick bowl of cereal before running out to get some basics from ASDA – but I wasn’t too impressed. I struggled to find where everything was kept and they didn’t even have my favourite chocolate bar! I managed to pick up a similar one however. When I got home, I spent most of my afternoon and evening Marie Kondo’ing my room so I just shoved some veggie and mozzarella balls in the oven quickly. I’d picked these up from the new range from Sainsbury’s and had been craving them all day…but when they were ready, it became very clear to me that it was actual mozzarella inside and they weren’t vegan. I contemplated throwing them away and making something else, but I just didn’t have the motivation. I also knew throwing them away and letting them go to waste would be the worst thing, so I sucked it up and chalked it down to an honest mistake: these things happen.
DAY THIRTEEN – SUNDAY
Today I had cereal for breakfast before heading over to my sister’s for Sunday lunch. She did a roast, but I substituted meat for a Linda McCartney pie and still got to have all the veggies. It was nice being able to sit down and have food with everyone else, with just a few subtle swaps to make it vegan. I was worried that following my mistake yesterday, I would easily slip out of veganism like in previous years (it’s a slippery slope after that first mistake!), but I did well!
I also got in some bits and took the time to make a vegan food plan for next week today.
DAY FOURTEEN – MONDAY
For the halfway mark, I had another struggling day as I was out all day in London for work. Although we went to a lovely restaurant, there was only one vegan option available which I did not like and since my boss doesn’t understand veganism, kicking up a fuss or not even eating wasn’t an option. Still, I chose the healthiest options I could and vowed to add another day onto my month of Veganuary to make up for it.
This week I didn’t use a food plan and it didn’t make things too hard at all, I’d say the only thing I struggled with without a food plan was meal prep for work lunches and updating this blog post! So I’ve decided to try again for next week. I am aware that it takes a lot of time and effort – and is likely to change – but hopefully having it there to refer back to will ensure I make healthier and more fulfilling lunch choices.
Have you tried Veganuary? Are you eating less meat this January? Let me know!