Feeling grotty today after a mostly plant based week.

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Following the excesses of Christmas, things are a bit tight this month, financially and in terms of my clothes! This drove me to try something a little different this week in a hope that I could save a few bob and also shed a few lbs. I went mostly plant based for the week.

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What do I mean by mostly? I've not found a nice replacement for the odd dash of milk in my tea and coffee so that hasn't changed.

Did I save any money? I certainly did! My food shopping costs were around 30% less than normal but I should add I stayed away from "specialist" alternatives. I also batch cooked meals so ended up eating the same thing for much of the week but this can be refined in time.

What did I eat? For work I had baked sweet potato and bean chilli which is high in protein and mega filling...I need to work on my portion sizes. You can find the recipe here

I aslo made satay tofu stir fry - tofu is something I could get used to. It's pretty bland on its own but with a little preparation is can be jolly nice. I grabbed some firm tofu which I then pressed for a short while before preparing; this gets rid of excess water. I then marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil before adding to hot oil. Then it was veggies, rice noodles and some bought satay sauce. Delicious.

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The above looks much better than mine - just for illustrative purposes :)

Something I was surprised about his how cheap tofu is. If I recall correctly I managed to grab two packs of firm tofu for £3 and each pack was good for two tofu based meals, or 3 if adding lots of additional ingredients. On that basis I think my main tofu based meals cost in the region of £1.30 a meal. I think the bean chilli probably worked out less if portioned correctly.

Once evening I just had beans on toast.

For snacks I had lots of fruit and nuts as these don't need preparing. Nuts can be jolly expensive so need to be portioned and used sparingly. My mixed bag of roasted nuts cost £3.25 for only 190g. I also discovered the world of falafel which I found to be a filling snack mid afternoon. I bought these from Tesco and they worked out at 75p a portion and are pretty high in calories.

I think it's safe to say at no point during the week did I feel hungry!

How did I feel? .... pretty marvellous to be honest, I found that my energy levels seemed to be much higher. My commute to and from work is 65 miles each way and takes around an hour and twenty minutes. I very often find I'm pretty shattered on the return journey but haven't really felt so this past week. This could be down to sleeping much better - on average an extra forty minutes to an hour a night according to my fitbit. I've also felt less bloated and ... well stodgy.

Did I lose and weight? Yup - managed to lose a few lbs and I've not changed activity levels or cut anything else out of my diet.

So, why am I feeling grotty? Well my mum has been preparing meals for me and most of them have been meat based. My daughter and I shared a shepherds pie yesterday evening and I once again feel fairly bloated and my energy levels are down. Fluke? Possibly.

I think I'll aim for the same this coming week but need to experiment with some new recipes.

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Wow - interesting (and speedy) reaction to changing your diet! There was a very good programme on tv about veganism, presented by a premier league footballer (can't remember his name or th club), he talked to footballers at Forest Green Rovers, a vegan club. Apparently, they noticed feeling better after a meat-free day, and now, with a vegan diet, they experience fewer injuries.

I like my cup of tea, too, and butter 😎, but I've eaten very little meat for months, for preference rather than anything else, and my cholesterol reading has dropped so low I thought it was a mistake!

There's some good recipes for non-meat shepherd's pie, is your mum up for experimenting?
Jamie Oliver Allotment Pie and
Hairy Bikers Chestnut and Mushroom Pie

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Thanks for the links, I shall check them out.

I was astonished at how better I felt so having a roast today to see if I can repeat the perceived changes. I've prepared a mushroom and lentil bolognese for the week which I shall write about later. Amazingly it isn't too much different in flavour than a normal Ragu type sauce.

If you have Netflix checkout The Game Changers. Like anything you have to watch it with a pinch of salt but the vegan vs meat eater blood test scenes are very interesting indeed. They illustrate how quickly animal based products hit the blood stream. The movie also focuses on sports people who have gone vegan including The Terminator!...well I think he has gone vegan. Many world record holders in both athletic and strength based activities seem to have made the shift.

Mum is a mega experimental with her cooking - she's an amazing cook but I'm not sure she'll ever experiment with meat alternatives. That and she's losing her marbles a bit now. On Tuesday we spoke about what I was doing plus wanting to cut down on alcohol and Wednesday I was met with meat pies and a bottle of wine!

Thankfully, at home I generally cook for myself as my wife and elder daughter are mega fussy about what they eat. Younger daughter has given me the thumbs up for the meat free bolognese so at least I have somebody who will share some meals.

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It sounds good. I like meat and I like to eat it occasionally, but I think really we're meant to sleep for about three days after a meat-based meal! Thanks for the tip about the Game Changers, I'll have a look. Jermaine Jenas was the footballer I couldn't remember.

Never tried Tofu, it always looks like plastic to me. I really should.. I could do with that energy you speak of.

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It’s dead boring on its own - definitely a carrier for other flavours. I’m going to try char grilling some after marinading in a curry past and the same with Peri-peri.

If you do try it try the firm stuff you find in the chiller section and not the silken type found in a carton. The latter just falls to bits and turns out like scrambled agh.

Sounds like a good tactic. I thought about doing Veganuary, but then we have our own eggs and I like the odd bit of cheese. I'm just cutting out fish for now, not that I eat much anyway. Have you seen Tofoo? It doesn't need squeezing and there's a smoked version with more flavour. The range of veggie foods is improving all the time, but some can be expensive. It must be about 30 years since I gave up meat and I don't miss it. I know the veggie alternatives are not the same, but they are good enough for me. I had a taste of the Greggs sausage roll and it's pretty much like the Quorn ones we have. Not tried their other vegan stuff yet. It would help if people just cut down on meat. On average we eat far more than people did in the past as it's so cheap now.

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I’ve no plan to cut meat, fish and dairy out as I do enjoy fish and cheese too. However, I do want to make it more of a treat on the weekend as opposed to the norm. The veggie based meals also seem to be much quicker to prepare.

I eat fat-free Greek yogurt. I make it tzatziki. It feeds itself and then loses weight.