Vegan

Day 4: Out of sight, out of mind

Four days in, and I’ve found that the cravings have died down a bit – today the constant longing for various forbidden fruits (although fruit is still allowed… can I reclassify cheese as a fruit?) wasn’t so bad unless I was actively reminded that things like chocolate exist. Once I’d thought about them, there was a fair bit of salivating and daydreaming and wailing, mind, but so long as I didn’t have cause to remember them, they weren’t too intrusive.

As a result, I’ve decided that the safest rule of thumb is ‘out of sight, out of mind’, and so anything chocolatey or otherwise non-vegan in the flat has been hidden in a kitchen cupboard that I don’t tend to use much. What an Aladdin’s Cave that will be in February! So far so good, I thought – except I’d forgotten the flapjack tin that lives on my coffee table – and it kept catching my eye very seductively while I was working from the sofa. I’m encouraged that spontaneous cravings have died down a bit, though…

Today was another day of working from home, and though he wasn’t physically present, all three meals owed something to Jones… breakfast was some of his rye bread with low-fat magical peanut butter; lunch was the other enchilada, which reheated beautifully in the microwave; and dinner was a creative take on the leftover rice and chilli that we hadn’t managed to stuff into a wrap yesterday.

20180104_183437.jpgAs these components had also made up my lunch, I was determined to give them a different spin so that dinner wasn’t too repetitive. Chucking the rice into my trusty wok, I stir-fried it with peas, spring onion, cucumber, spinach, and lots of garam masala, garlic salt, chilli flakes, and a generous glug of soy sauce. You should have smelled it!

The chilli I popped in a frying pan and added a little water to make it more like a chunky sauce, then stirred in a big spoonful of tomato and chilli jam (after checking that there were no non-vegan surprises in its ingredients!). Piled together, and heaped on top of my last vegan tortilla wrap, it was a fragrant, spicy, beautiful sweet-savoury meal… and there was enough for a packed lunch tomorrow! Leftover leftovers… a frugal feast 🙂

Speaking of checking ingredients, I’ve noticed that I’m becoming a bit of a label fiend… not in that I have ditched my wardrobe in favour of all things designer, but in that I am getting a bit paranoid about reading the back of everything I eat, drink, or cook with. Well, I’m still very new to veganism and don’t want to take for granted that anything is safe! It can backfire in terms of jangling my nerves, though… this afternoon I was idly googling whether Coca Cola is vegan-friendly, and learned that while it is, drinks containing beta carotene sometimes aren’t, as fish can be used as a stabiliser. Thinking immediately of the bright orange squash that I drink gallons of (usually mixed with fizzy water), I sprinted for the kitchen, my guts a mix of cold sparks of panic and heavy dread that I’ve been innocently sabotaging both me and Jones from day 1…grabbed the bottle and spun it around… and breathed a huge sigh of relief to see a nice big ‘suitable for vegetarians and vegans’ printed clearly on the back.

Well, you can’t be too careful…!

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Today I ate/drank…

  • Tea with almond milk
  • Rye bread with low-fat peanut butter
  • Several cups of apple-flavoured green tea
  • Enchilada filled with sweet potato and bean chilli
  • Fried rice with peas, cucumber, spinach, and spring onion, served with sweet potato and bean chilli, on a wrap
  • Orange squash (out of fizzy water, weep)

 

Today’s cravings…

  • Cheese
  • Flapjack
  • Chocolate

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