This year we have vowed not to buy anything other than food & really essential things.
This also stands for both of our birthdays, so we've got to be creative.
Mine's coming up soon & I've asked Sime to write me a story & make me a meal consisting of several courses. Though saying that, I'm not sure whether I could eat several courses anymore... Maybe it would have to be tiny courses!
What we hadn't contemplated - is that our vegan diet would make us lose weight...
The trousers I've been wearing today are now a couple of sizes too big & hanging off me, so because I really don't want to go down the road of buying more - Sime has sewn a couple of tucks in them for me tonight. Where has that flesh gone to? It's not like I'm working out - though I suppose we are more active.
When I first became ill with Graves Disease, I lost about 3 stone & looked dreadful (as everyone kept telling me). The disease causes muscle wasting, which left my skin just hanging... It was awful!
This time things are different, I am so aware of feeling much stronger & it's quite a novelty. We are both really proud of what we are doing & the fact that we have given up oil, butter, chocolate, cheese & eggs. We've also quit sugar & alcohol at the moment, though we do have a teaspoon of molasses in our porridge every morning because it's high in iron & b-vits. Sime has an extra snack of muesli with nuts & dried fruit every night, but I don't bother. Occasionally, we talk of having something nice to eat, but we know that those foods will make us feel bad now.
Why is it that we can have willpower to do some things? And other times we will fail miserably... I've said before how my willpower is pretty crap, but now & again - a light bulb switches on & I just get on with it. Sime's very self disciplined & I really admire him for that. Our change of diet isn't about denying ourselves or a temporary measure to lose weight, it's about eating what we feel happy about eating. Animal products are something we've felt uncomfortable eating for a long time, but illness just got in the way.
Although we're not buying things this year, we are buying lots of vegetables... We buy the biggest veg box each week & although there's only 3 of us - we eat the suggested amount for 6 people!
I think I've said before - our taste buds have come alive, everything just tastes wonderful & each day we eat more & more raw vegetables, salads & beansprouts along with puréed pulses.
Life is very simple, we don't need to go out & buy lots of stuff.
Our rubbish has also been reduced too & we've got it down to a swing bin liner a month - though we hope to improve on that too & aim to not have any rubbish at all eventually...
Our challenge will soon be here - holiday let bookings are flooding in & that will be the crunch. Will we have the stamina to continue doing everything we're doing now, as well as working long hours? Our plan is to work out menus each week & have a day making food, so there'll always be something for us to take with us & a meal easily prepared on our return home. I'm sure with some determination - we can do this.
Anyway, tomorrow we're off to Falmouth...
To catch up with our little buddies...
Who we've not seen for 6 weeks!
Kay & Sime xx