It's getting chilly after the seemingly endless summer followed by the equally endless golden autumn! So my thoughts (and stomach) are turning towards hearty stews, soups, curries and other winter loveliness (interspersed by my weekly two days on the 5:2 Diet of course).
After a week of feeling substantially lower in energy than I have so far, I am deciding to step up my approach towards the nutrition side of training.
The Bristol Half Marathon is 6 weeks away now, and although everything has been going to plan and I’ve getting out for runs (almost) like clockwork, I’m think that perhaps I need to be more considered about my fuel intake.
We've been in contact with Doctor Tempeh for a couple of years now - I first met Jonathan, the owner, (and yes, he's a real doctor and nutritionist!) at a trade show back in 2012 and after tasting his delicious curried tempeh in a tin, asked him if he'd donate some for Viva!'s Incredible Veggie Roadshow in Cardiff.
Weighed in today and am officially 6.1K lighter - that is 13.44lbs, so almost a stone gone! Despite getting a bit stuck at around the 10lb mark, I regained some lost discipline, hung on in there and seem to have turned a corner. My clothes fit better, I have more energy and am generally feeling good. And it's all been pretty painless. (The picture is of me a couple of weekends ago, at a friend's wedding.)
I'm usually a bit late with keeping up to date with magazines we order at Viva!. So I've only just seen Cook Vegetarian magazine's special Dairy-free and Vegan Guide insert in their March edition. I was delighted with this 20-page booklet: 82+ recipe ideas, vegan advice, essential buys - all set out as a 28 day meal planner! I was also very impressed by the fact that editor Fae Gilfillan tried it out herself for the month.
After various family emergencies/dramas (calmed down for the present!) I am escaping tomorrow to do one of the things I love most - a cookery demo plus a chance to help out/chat to wannabe vegans, hooray! The mighty Exeter Friends for Animals is hosting the first of two days this year. The vegan pledge idea is to support a bunch of open-minded people for a month or so while they try veganism. It's a no-pressure, supportive project.
Oh dear, I've become slightly obsessed with packet cake mixes! (Do I need to get out more?!) However, there is some sanity underpinning the quest. I've been working hard on the new edition of the L-Plate Vegan Guide for the past few weeks. That has meant - among other things - a great deal of scouring supermarket vegan lists to see what's on offer. The good news is that there's quite a lot. I won't say too much about the new L-Plate yet; suffice it to say that our designer is hard at work and that it will be a smaller version - perfect for pocket or handbag.
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