Vegan, the Trial

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Yesterday I bought minced beef, eggs and butter… and made myself a burger for dinner…
So now what?

Did I fail on my quest?

This was the Lunch! Falafel, Quinoa, big white beans/tomato casserole. Was too hungry to take a photo of the burger…

Nah…
I re-decided.

Not completely! I just felt too restricted. And I decide on my own, don’t I? What to eat or not to eat.

Eight days without eggs and butter. That’s all. Everything else was about the same. I really rarely eat meat of any kind. Beef, pork, chicken, fish. I would say I’m already 80-90 % vegan. So why should stop eating eggs and butter for eight days be so hard? What’s the difference?

The Forbidding.
The “you must not”.
The “you’re not allowed”!

What I wanted with this, was to see if being without eggs would make my stomach issues better. It didn’t. And I’ve tested this before. Once again, it doesn’t seem that eggs have anything to do with that.

And added to that – I think vegan eating is a much better choice. Not only for the health but for the environment and  the survival of our entire earth. If I could put together my thoughts and find the proper words for what I want to say, I could write a long, long post about what the present “meat production” does to us and our world. Won’t be fun reading!

I’ll try to do that one, another time. And by the way! We certainly don’t need that huge amount of meat most people think we do. We are brainwashed! (I’m not, though.)

Now back to a more personal look at this! I wrote the word “restricted” up there, somewhere. Yes! I am restricted when it comes to food. And I don’t talk about eight days without eggs and butter now. From a larger view, I can’t eat dairy products. It makes me ill. Still, I cheat sometimes, mostly by buying myself a caffe latte. I don’t feel sick it if it’s only once in a while. But daily – no! Cheese, yogurt, milk on a daily basis, literally makes me ill. Bedridden actually, in just a couple of weeks. No energy left, headache, nausea, extreme fatigue… (I tried LCHF for about a month a couple of years ago. It didn’t go well.)

Since the protein is my main problem, not the lactose so much, it gets worse if I eat cheese. So that’s totally out of the question. Cream can work in small doses, maybe in a sauce or something. And – as with any dairy product – only if I haven’t got any other choice of what to eat. I never buy and take home any dairy products myself, though.

What affects the vegan trial hugely, is that I can’t eat wheat, rye or oats. Those are a big NO-NO. Stomach ache, we talk about stomach ache and nausea! It’s really a pity, I could have gotten lots of food at a relatively low cost. And oats seems to be about everywhere, nowadays!

Lots of what I can see on vegan accounts on Instagram, are fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds etc, that I either can’t find here or they are more or less expensive. Exotic, delicious – and expensive. And all these “super-foods” and…. and…

No! Stop! I could keep on whining here about what I can’t eat, but I won’t. Would just be boring. Let’s just say – I’m restricted! A lot! So why restrict me even more?

By allowing myself to eat meat, eggs, butter and whatever more it might be, I give myself more freedom of choice. That’s all! It does not mean I’ll begin eating meat, eggs etc every day! I haven’t done that in ages, so I won’t start now.

And I’ll keep on eating more and more of plant-based, whole-grain food, and not chose animal products as first hand

This is what I’m gonna do!

  • First of all – totally skip all dairy products, not giving in for that temptation!
  • That includes of course the temptation I fall for the most – to buy a caffee latte, which means I can’t buy one at the gas station any longer… (best so – the milk is probably what is causing my current stomach trouble)
  • Learn more about vegan cooking.
  • Keep focusing mainly on the plant based, whole-grain way of eating.
  • Never again buy processed food. Not even bacon… (my weakness)
  • Chose organic products, as much as possible.
  • Buy what is produced locally as much as possible.
  • Buy only organic bananas… and not the green ones… 😉

But I will eat chicken once in a while if I feel like it!
And bake me a cake on an egg.
At least for the time being.

As I yesterday choose to buy some organic butter, a couple of eggs, and a small tray of minced beef which came from some farm nearby, ground and packed in the store’s facilities.

And there is so much more I could write about nutrition and health...
And about how meat is "produced" - especially in the US as it seems..