And what an enjoyable ride it’s been. I’ve lost 6lbs (almost half a stone!!) in the last week alone, I’m feeling cleaner, leaner, have a clear mind and an appetite for clean foods. My bowel habits have been….satisfying, my sleep has as good as can be with a newborn baby in the household, and my moods have been consistently happy. All of which are factors which you can judge the effectiveness of a diet. Bear in mind, I have still been following the Feel Supreme guidelines of eating organic wholefoods, 5 times a day (3 balanced meals and 2 snacks) so it is not a case of eating vegetarian pizzas and cheese and onion crisps with a hope to lose weight.
Apart from day 11 when I woke up with a craving for meat, I’ve not missed it in the 2 weeks since I started the challenge.
Before I get into what I’ve ate in the final section, let’s take a brief look at what a vegetarian diet is. Obviously, it’s avoiding eating animals, but the nutrients you would usually get from chicken, fish etc, are still essential for good health. So it’s important to replace these nutrients from different food sources. The most obvious macro nutrient abundant in animal flesh is protein. So where would a vegetarian obtain a good source of protein? Well nuts, seeds, chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans and eggs are all good sources of protein. Vitamin B12 is another nutrient found in animal foods, which is essential in proper functioning of the brain and nervous system and the production of red blood cells. Eggs are one of the few sources of vitamin B12 available to vegetarians, along with milk, cheese and other dairy products. Although I personally choose not to drink cows milk and my intake of cheese is limited to once or twice per week. And if you have 5 minutes for the explanation as to why I don’t drink milk, then this video explains a lot.
I mentioned in Part 1 that I’d been vegetarian briefly before, and that was due to the poor quality of supermarket meat in this country (any meat I do eat is certified organic or grassfed). Cheap meat is cheap for a reason. Obviously I can’t make accusations here, but it’s believed that a lot of animals are injected with steroids and antibiotics. From a business point of view, of course,this makes sense- bigger cows, bigger profits! Kerching!! But these injections work their way up the food chain and my health is certainly not for sale! And I haven’t even mentioned the conditions that many of these animals find themselves in. Take a look at the documentary Cowspiracy for a real eye opener into what goes on behind the scenes. But beware, it’s not exactly one for a family film night. The treatment of these animals will release different hormones into their bodies, their diet will affect their health and if they’re confined to a small space with no exercise, how will they release the toxins in the bodies? Again, all of this works its way up the food chain onto your plate.
But I’m not here to advocate a vegetarian diet, I’m here to give an honest opinion on how it has worked for me. We all have a unique biological makeup, and a vegetarian diet may work for some but not for others. For me it gets a big thumbs up!
So here’s an overview of days 8-14
Day 8 – Monday
Breakfast – Avocado on wholegrain toast
Snack- Blueberries with cashew nuts
Lunch- Mixed bean salad
Dinner- Egg salad with asparagus, broccoli and linseeds
Snack – Apple and roasted sunflower seeds
Lunch – Mixed bean salad with omlette
Snack- kiwi and cashew nuts
Dinner – chickpeas roasted in smoked paprika, red onions, avocado, lettuce, coleslaw wrapped in 2x fajitas
Day 10 – Wednesday
Breakfast- Avocado on wholegrain toast
Snack – roasted chilli pumpkin seeds
Lunch – plain omlette with side salad
Snack- Apple and pumpkin seeds
Dinner- Sweet jacket with mixed beans and green salad
Day 11 – Thursday
Breakfast- Craving meet at this point, but chose cheese on toast
Snack- Pumpkin seeds and an apple
Lunch- Spinach, lettuce, linseeds , onion, pepper and butter beans
Dinner- Potato croquettes, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots
Day 12 – Friday
Breakfast- Cheese on toast
Snack- Pumpkin seeds and Apple
Another hectic Friday at Feel Supreme HQ meant I skipped lunch (I’m seeing a Friday pattern here)
Dinner- Cauliflower and red pepper curry
Day 13 – Saturday
Breakfast – 3 poached eggs with broccoli
Snack – an apple
Lunch – jacket sweet potato with mixed beans
Dinner – falafel, eggs, linseeds and salad
Day 14 – Sunday
Breakfast- avocado on wholegrain toast
Lunch- roast dinner of potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, stuffing and gravy.
Supper – cheese on toast
So that’s it, episode 1 of the “14 Days…” Series is complete.
If you are still reading, then many thanks for sticking with us.