Day 16 Vegan.

Today was all about haircuts, visiting Granny B and returning my Dad’s car to him.

What I’ve learned today is that my wife cannot be responsible for ensuring my oatly is packed in the car. Yes, she had one job…and forgot to do it.

I’ve tried the KoKo milk today. It’s amazing. For me, it won’t be for tea or coffee, but I’ll drink it cold without any bother. It’s not chalky or too coconutty  (I think I made that word up!).

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I don’t have much else to say on the food front, I’ve written about my dinner in the other post.

Time for bed. It’s been a looooooonnnng day!

Peace out! ✌

The struggle is real!

Day 15 vegan.

The battle continues. Operation oatly in full swing.

I truly believe these sneaky supermarkets to be operating some conspiracy theory surrounding the procurement of oat based frothy milk.

Picture it.

Morrisons in Stirling.

Last ditch attempt at getting my sweaty little hands on my ‘milk’. The tension is mounting, I can almost taste the creamy oatiness on my lips. Acting casual, I make my way to the long life milk section, with equal measures of excitement, aprehension and dread. I scan the shelves. No barista!

Fuuuuucccckkkkkk!!! (It takes every last shred of composure not to throw myself on the ground and have a huge tantrum).

Feeling deflated I head towards the exit (via the salad bar, as I don’t want the entire experience to be ruined *negotiating a salad bar as a vegan, a whole other blog post*). As I’m leaving, by pure chance I stumble upon the ‘free from’ aisle. What do I see, to my amazement. My oaty frothy milk!!!! (Notice the ownership I have over this milk. Not ‘the’ oat milk…NO, NO…it’s MY milk).

I stop. I feel flushed with excitement.

I notice a woman glancing in the general directiom of the milk on the shelf. I can’t have this. Not now. Not when I’m this close. She cannot touch my milk!

In panic I consider charging at her – bulldozing her to the floor. Ok, maybe that’s over the top? I know, I’ll just get her in a heed lock and drag her away from the section. I’ll let her go as soon as I consider her to be a safe distance from the oats. That’s compassionate, right?

Thankfully, she moves before I go in for the kill. Probably best….this shit is getting very real! I would hate for someone to be caught up in the battle that is buying frothy oat based milk in central Scotland

And….behold….

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Of course. Now I have the milk, I have absolutely ZERO desire for a frothy coffee!! Typical! 😂

Dinner tonight was a late one. Had to take Davey (our wee blind dug) back to the vet, then Lola (picture below), our 9 year old boxer X mastiff decided to collapse whilst out a walk. So, everything was delayed a wee bit.

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Lola, looking pretty after her ‘collapse’

Despite all that, dinner was gorgeous. We ate it whilst watching ‘Carnage’; a mockumentory about a time in the future where everyone is vegan. My sister-in-law recommended it and it was not a disappointment. It’s very cleverly written and the message is poignant, despite the satirical narration. I’d recommend it.

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GOSH chickpea and harrisa pate, with soy cream cajun pasta (with olives, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes).

Time for bed now.

Here’s hoping tomorrow is a good day for us all.

F*ck you Waitrose!

The battle of oatly barista continues. Waitrose has been promising a delivery for a week…and today, they’ve discontinued it! Arghhhh!

They have every form of plant milk known to man…but have stopped that? Clearly they’ve never actually spoken yo a vegan in the flesh, because if they had they’d know this stuff is like crack cocaine to us. We don’t just love it…we need it! 😂

Anyway, whilst in there I bagged my free tea…and in truly glamourous community midwide style, I’m munching my peice in the car.

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Falafel, sweet chilli and egg free mayo sandwich. A deliciously Ella energy ball and a cuppa tea (with the elusive barista in it).

Following work I’ll re-commence operation ‘find a shit load of barista and stock buy it as though I’m expected the end of the world as we know it’.

Bonus…it’s sunny….and if I stare at my ariel bobble I could almost convince myself I’m in Disney!

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Day 14 Vegan

I can honestly say that this journey, over the last two weeks, has been pretty easy. I don’t know whether that’s because I’ve been a vegetarian for so many years, so really just cutting out dairy, eggs and honey additionally. Or…wether it’s purely down to the fact that I’m in the right head space. Who knows…!

Today I’ve been working, so the food is never too inspiring when I’m working. That being said…I had a yummy cheatin and avocado sandwich before work and some left over chickpea, tattie and spinach curry with wholemeal rice on my tea break.

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Cheatin rashers are by far my favourite ‘bacon’ substitute. They go crispy and even have wee bits of fat round the edge. FYI…they are cheaper in Morrisons than in Holland & Barrett.

 

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Forgot a photo of dinner. So…snapped one last minute. NHS plate and all 🤣. I’m into Irn Bru just now, btw.

In other news…my car has been fixed (apparently) so looking forward to driving that worry free! I’ll no doubt be posting tomorrow saying it’s broken again.

Home now. Brought mini me a gobstopper, which has STAINED her face blue. God only knows how long that’ll take to wash off. Bought myself a wee something whilst in the shop….

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😂😂😂 never go sweetie shopping when you’re hungry!

For anyone who isn’t aware. Fry’s is vegan! I almost pee’d my pants with excitement when I found this out. But even better than this…Raspberry Ruffles are vegan. Life literally doesn’t get better than this!

Quick cuppa, then bed. Got to work again tomorrow. What a bloody cheek this is…being a grown up and being expected to work for a living!

Let’s talk about CSP. Let’s talk about oats in tea. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be…

Day 12 vegan!

To me, being a vegan is about much more than diet. In fact, what I eat is only a tiny little part of this entire lifestyle for me.

For years, despite identifying as a vegetarian rather than vegan, I have made ethical choices. For example, I have not used products containing sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) for what seems like forever (I also avoid parabens). SLS is actually a form of palm oil, in case you didn’t know, and the deforestation that is taking place in order to expand palm oil plantations is having catastrophic effects on the indigenous wildlife population – the most documented of which being the orangutans. It has been estimated that orangutans could be extinct in as little as ten years! Imagine that?? An entire species wiped out. Never to be seen again. And, for what?? For a globally traded cheap vegetable oil! An oil found in almost everything you touch in a store – cakes, biscuits, ice cream, chocolate, crisps. It’s found in lipstick, toothpaste, soaps, cosmetics, detergents. The stuff is everywhere. Don’t believe me, take a wee look at the ingredient list of the next twenty things you pick up in the supermarket!

The fight is endless. But….it is important to remember that every little step counts.

It goes without saying, we do not purchase anything that is tested on animals and refuse to purchase from companies who sell in China, as by law in China cosmetics MUST be tested on animals. You begin with a tiny idea, to live more compassionately…it grows arms and legs, and before you know it you’ve turned into the mad woman at work that folk laugh at for their crazy quirks.

When I fell pregnant I knew I would not contribute to the land fill situation, so I purchased cloth nappies (That’s a totally separate blog post!) and I’m proud to say that Bette did not wear disposable nappies. We used cloth wipes, and washed everything with an eco-egg, instead of chemical powder/liquid.

So, as is the way, it was only a matter of time before I began questioning my own monthly contribution to land fill. And from this…came my exploration into cloth sanitary products (CSP) and the amazing mooncup. I think it’s important, as a woman, to talk about menstruation and ethical/environmentally friendly ways of managing ‘women’s trouble’. Let’s face it – it’s still very much a hush hush topic socially.

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Two of my CSP products. They’re available in almost any colour or material.

I am very open about my mooncup use and although people laugh at me, I do think most people are interested in all things alternative. I have nothing but positive things to say about them – for me, they reduce period pain, decrease my length of period and give me peace of mind (as you hardly ever get a ‘leak’). If anyone has considered buying one, but hasn’t taken the plunge (haha…get it?) yet…I say go for it. You’ll not regret it!! CSP is also an amazing product, but for me they are only used overnight, as a backup to the cup. That being said..they are super pretty and are readily available (you can request your own custom designs) on the internet!

Anyway, enough from me for one night. I cannot end a blog post without a mention of food. Today has been a nice plant based day, without even a hint of soya. Everything has been freshly prepared, which always makes you feel better.

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Chickpeas, potatoes, frozen peas and spinach curry. Served with wholemeal rice and a seeded pitta. ❤

Question – why is oatly barista so hard to find? It’s like hen’s teeth! I literally went round EVERY supermarket in Stirling today, to no avail.

I’m heading to bed now – my one and only day off tomorrow, which means it is going to be.BUSY!

N’night. 🙂