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..

Vegan – the first few days

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Today is day four, and I can’t say I have any big issues with the vegan quest. Not so far, anyway. But, of course, it has only been three days! And breakfasts are never any problem!

Being without meat, any kind, isn’t difficult since I have been eating so little of it and so rarely earlier. Mostly those meals with for example chicken, has been eaten when I’ve been somewhere else where dinner was served. Like Christmas day. That was the last time I had chicken. Fish – ages ago. Red meat, beef and such – don’t remember. Pork – I admit I once in a while have bought some sausages when visiting Ikea, but that’s not often. Visiting Ikea is – but not eating sausages there.

My Achilles heel is bacon, that’s what I usually long for when been eating vegetarian for some time. This Swedish bacon, really thinly sliced, salty and slightly smoked, fried until crispy. Mjummy!!! Also cut in pieces in a soup or some casserole. Earlier I could also long for grilled chicken, but not so much any longer. It’s actually only the salty crunchy I long for!

Yesterday evening I had spaghetti with garlic, green peas, and the last butter. At lunch, I wished I had had some eggs, mostly because I was in a hurry between two events, but I managed. So, what I mainly have to deal with from now on, are – eggs and butter and my occasional café au lait. Which I knew about already when I began this quest.

These restrictions pop up very clearly now, since tomorrow, Saturday, my daughter and her family is coming to fetch Hopi. Hopi the cat! And since I had my birthday just the other day, I also promised them lunch, and a cake for the coffee afterward.

Oh! My goodness!

Lunch is no problem! I have a package of minced “meat” (soya), so I can make Spaghetti Bolognese. But the cake! With neither eggs nor butter!? I know there are lots of recipes on the internet, but lots of them have other restrictions for me. Like wheat flour… oats…

A small problem, probably, but old habits are the hardest to change. I will manage though! Somehow!

Flirting with Veganism – Day minus One

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The last egg… and I didn’t want it for lunch.

No!

I didn’t feel like eating my last egg stir-fried with some curry spiced whole grain rice and arugula.

I wanted a cake! A chocolate cake! So I baked and I used both butter and some sugar to make it really tasty, and it also came out deliciously gooey. It might have been my best chocolate cake ever.

Yes! I ate it all. In the afternoon with a cup of coffee.

After all! This was the last egg and tomorrow is my birthday! 😀

Flirting with veganism

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I can’t say I all my life have had preferences towards veganism or even vegetarianism. As little and as a teenager, I ate what was served, either it was pancakes or some meat stew. At 13 or 14 something, we had Biology at school and I realized I was very interested in how the body functions. So interested, in fact, that I never had to do any homework. All knowledge we were given hooked on in my brain already on the preparing lessons. I just checked if there were any numbers I had to remember.

This didn’t make me a vegetarian, but it was the beginning of my huge interest in body functions, health and how food impinges upon our health. And it was in the early eighties this interest began to grow in me. So between periods of vegetarian eating, studying anatomy and physiology and the digestion and nutrition processes, and many periods of “ordinary life”, aka eating meat, eggs etc. I more and more turned into vegan thinking.

It’s never too late for a new beginning in your life

Eventually, due to time and testing, trying, learning, I am where I am now. Considering going vegan.

At this very moment, I consider myself being circa 80-90% vegan. Mostly eating meat, chicken and such when I don’t have any other option – or when I’m attending a party of some sort. Like on Christmas day. Today, now at this very moment, I have one egg in an apple-cake in making, and one left in the fridge. Those two, I’ve decided, will be my last eggs. I also have some butter left, and after lots of thinking, I decided to keep the butter for the time being. But try to lessen the amount I use.

And that’s all the animal products I now have available!

So, starting at Jan 15th, I’ve decided to at first give this a month trial. Just vegan + some butter. I’ll try to learn more cooking. This time, I feel like I’ll cope without eggs, which would be terrific.

It will be a bit of a challenge, but somehow I’ll cope. It’s the rest of the old habits I’ll have to overcome, but also how to deal with the fact I can’t eat wheat, rye or even oats.

Why 15th and not today? Well, I do have one egg left – and the 15th is also my birthday… 😀

Finally a green day

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There is a piece of paper here somewhere, which upon I wrote a list of things to do. I can’t find it. But there are things I remember to do anyway, with no need for a list. At least I thought so. Like shopping…

Yesterday evening, the dullest fridge ever…

An old, lonely carrot, two small potatoes, two sad parsnips, half an eggplant, some fried leftover falafels, a pack of dates… Not much more.

Had two bananas as well, but I never put bananas in the fridge.

 

Today after breakfast and some shopping for necessities…

Much better, isn’t it? And yet I forgot a whole bunch of greens. Like potatoes, squash, sweet potato, maybe cauliflower?… some other fruit?

Added to that, this store is really good. Lots of fresh greens every day, and at a reasonable cost. They have some soy products, but not soy cream, nor the kind of oat milk or soy milk I prefer.

So I guess I’ll have to go elsewhere to do some more shopping soon. And then. don’t forget the remaining groceries I also need.

Today’s lunch then, was a couple of eggs mixed and fried with sliced mushrooms, onion and a clove of garlic. Added also three spoonfuls of polenta, to something more or less like an omelet-pancake. Eaten with hastily hot-pan fried broccoli, plum tomatoes and slices of sweet red pepper.

Oh, it tasted really good with a proper meal again. But at that time of day, I was so hungry I forgot about the fresh mixed salad greens I also had bought.

Yummy!

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Doesn’t this look absolutely totally delicious! At first, I had absolutely no idea where I got this photo from. Skärmavbild 2018-12-02 kl. 12.18.04.pngIt’s not one of my own since I, unfortunately, for the time being don’t have those kinds of veggies at home.  I’m trying to empty my fridge, freezer, and pantry as much as possible these last days before moving. What is it now? How many days left?

FIVE!!!

Later I remembered the photo actually is from one of the jigsaw puzzles I’ve done. And this is straightforward! I haven’t edited the image one bit!

I want this image to reappear in real life, in my new kitchen, on Saturday! 😀

P.S.
This image I found somewhere on Instagram (I think). Yes! Something like that I want my fridge to look like from now on!

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Further thoughts on “Skinny bitch”

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In my last post, I just gave a quick glance at this book which had made me curious. During the afternoon yesterday, I listened to the entire book. Only four hours, so not much to brag about. The excerpt gave an image of a really funny book, and for sure, there were some remarks that made me laugh out loud, But on the whole, it is – in my opinion – a very serious book about a very serious topic. The excerpt also claimed it was a book about a diet, and okay! I can agree on that as well.

Not your typical
boring diet book,
this is a tart-tongued,
no-holds-barred
wake-up call to
all women who
want to be thin.

With such blunt advice as “Soda is liquid Satan” and “You are a total moron if you think the Atkins Diet will make you thin,” it’s a rallying cry for all savvy women to start eating healthy and looking radiant. Unlike standard diet books, it actually makes the listener laugh out loud with its truthful, smart-mouthed revelations. Behind all the attitude, however, there is solid guidance. Skinny Bitch espouses a healthful lifestyle that promotes whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and encourages women to get excited about feeling “clean and pure and energized.”

But it is also so much more!

Since it is published in September 2007, I’m tempted to call these two women to be precursors to Kip Andersen – the Movies “Cowspiracy” 2014, and “What the Health” 2017.
Well there is much I don’t know about this, the health realm is huge, but I know there is a growing movement now, focusing on eating Vegan, and especially Whole Carb food – Plant strong.

In Skinny Bitch, they are not only pointing out what to eat or not, but also highlight the horrendous way cattle and chicken are being treated on their way to the slaughterhouse, and all chemicals, pesticides, and hormones we stuff our bodies with when we eat meat. Which, by the way, isn’t supposed to be the staple food for us humans,

All this and more, are being presented in “Skinny Bitch” in a very cunningly and yet easily understandable way. Rory and Kim let us also know about the frauds that are made to as all when making us believe milk, cheese, and other dairy products are healthy and that eggs are essential for us.

Maybe this could be true – if eaten in moderate amounts, and in natural ways. Organic, grass-fed, no-stress… do I need to go on?

Cows milk is food for calves – not for humans.
Neither for children nor grown-ups.

Cows milk is not only unfit for humans nutritionally, but it also contains addictive substances. Yes, it makes you feel good, and you want more.
… and that is not good for you…

And behind all this is Big Money! The Business thrives on us! They want us addicted to cheese, f.ex., since they earn more money then! And of course Big Pharma don’t want us to get healthy. They get richer if we stay ill!

So! The fabricated food today makes us sick – and then… the only thing that can make us healthy again, is to take charge of our own bodies,  and choose healthy food! … and skip the drugs from Big Pharma!


For quite many years I’ve studied nutrition and dietetics, including Ayur Veda. All of a huge interest of mine, so I could delve deep into this matter, But for the time being, I won’t.

Maybe later on, when I’ve settled in my new apartment. Instead, I’ll give you some tips on where you can find more about this:

Besides perhaps reading this book, on Netflix you can watch both those previously mentioned movies, Cowspiracy and What the Health, along with other movies on the same theme. Two more examples I remember are: Fat, sick and nearly dead and Forks over Knives. At least I hope you can still find them there, I haven’t had Netflix myself for at least half a year now.

You can of course also find a lot of this on YouTube, where lots and lots keep popping up as soon as you have found the first one. And even more about food and health. You might even go “Raw” afterward…

Google for Whole grain, Vegan, Plant-strong – and you’ll also find a lot about natural health, including you’ll find that many bodybuilders, athletes, and other sportspersons who now are Whole grain Vegan,s since they’ve found out that they are both healthier and get better results as vegans than as “meat-engulfer”.

At last – Just a couple of links to where you can start finding more information:

Engine2PlantStrong

Forks over Knives

This image of the baked potato with chickpeas, I found on “What the Health” homepage