So with the festive season looming the invites are coming in thick and fast for evening entertainment.
This has meant that I have been consuming my body weight in red wine. Not good for my health, physically or mentally. I cannot seem to get home without some kind of blacking out incident and injury. This Saturday night (dinner at friends, five lovely couples from the playground) I woke up to a grazed knee, what feels like a broken thumb (badly bruised at best) and three grazed knuckles on my left hand. None of which are conducive to my kickboxing four times a week.
So as I sit and type I seriously contemplate never drinking again, yet the temptation of a glass or 2 of red wine with my vegan M&S meal is just too much ignore.
The staying on track vegan wise has proven a little trickier. That said only 2 slips. One for my daughters birthday meal, she chose to have her birthday tea in our favourite Thai restaurant and the soft shell crab was too tempting. Then Saturday just passed was a delicious meal of pate for starters and lamb for main course. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Surprisingly for me I don’t feel overly guilty about it. I know that the benefits of veganism in respect of my digestion are proven. I see this two slips as just that, slips in the road. When I gave up smoking it took more than a few attempts. What I do need to focus on is trying different meals.
Back to my BOSH recipe book me thinks!
Now it has been 12 days since I have been a vegan and I can honestly say that it is not as tricky as I thought. I made a typical spontaneous purchase from Amazon and bought BOSH, what an amazing book this is. Firstly, it makes this vegan thing look dead easy and let’s face it, it really is.
I have fallen victim to many diets over the last 20 odd years. All of those household names you cannot avoid as a self conscious human – Slimming World was my first venture into the ‘diet’ world, who does not love a red or green day!
This was closely followed by Weight Watchers, very confusing.
SlimFast will only ever remind me of hunger pains (something I never felt on Slimming World).
Most recently I did try the 5:2 and Intermittent Fasting. The reason being that they were reportedly good for reducing bloating (of which I feel I have been a life long sufferer of), lower blood pressure and improve weight loss. Now healthy blood is something which is of huge importance to me since I was diagnosed with Sorsby Macular Dystrophy in 2013. Sorsby is an autosomal dominant condition caused by a mutation in the TIMP3 gene. Patients with this condition typically maintain normal acuity until their 40’s when they develop severe, bilateral choroidal neovascular membranes – in essence I will lose my sight. Therefore it is clear that I will do anything I can to delay or avoid this happening.
The fasting was not too bad and I think that the discipline has put me in a good position for this vegan journey.
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