Or in Ed's case, cold tofu! 🍄 Doisy & Dam HQ has been a little bit less upbeat than usual as we've been acclimatising to our free-from diets this week. Here's a little snippet of how we've got on, the highs and lows, and some free-from concoctions that we have created.

7 days countdown

 

Richard:

How have you found this week?

It hasn’t been TOO bad. I’ve been surprised by how well I’ve been able to handle it. I think I may have just replaced sugar with cheese so any ideas about losing weight have gone out the window. I’m really surprised by the amount of unnecessary sugar that’s added to products that really don’t need it, things like supermarket hummus – why does that need sugar?? That type of thing is frustrating, as is not being able to eat Skittles obviously.

Best meal of the week?

Fresh Gnocchi with pesto. It’s pretty easy to make a sugar free meal so I’m not really having to suffer at meal times, it's more in between when I find myself craving sweet snacks and treats…

Worst meal of the week?

The sugar free gummi bears (or actually Porsches as I didn’t have a gummi bear mould) I tried to make myself, they were tasteless and disgusting. My attempt to find sugar free sweets was a little bit of a disaster. They looked pretty cool though:

Any delicious discoveries?

Sugar-free Chupa Chups and Peppersmith chewing gum were the two things that satisfied my 5-year old sweet tooth.

Biggest temptation?

Everything on the sweet aisle in supermarkets.

Score:

7/10

 

Ed:

How have you found this week?

Good and bad. I’ve been discovering lots of new foods, hearing of new restaurants and more about veganism itself. It seems like veganism is more of a cause than just a lifestyle choice. People choose to become vegan for a variety of reasons but they all seem to be about how abusing animals reflects on us as humans. The people I’ve met have been great – I did a sampling for D&D in Cheltenham and very lovely couple came over and we ended up chatting all about veganism and from which foods it’s best to get protein. These are the good bits, or at least the bits that I find interesting.

The bad bits are the food. For some reason this week has been particularly busy and I’ve eaten out most nights and the food on offer is just generally really boring or unpleasant. Most restaurants/pubs have no vegan option and one vegetarian option which I sometimes have to ask them to adapt to be vegan. I feel like a bit of an idiot going through each of the ingredients with the group or the waiter.

I’ve found myself thinking about my nutritional intake for the first time. I’ve found it difficult to avoid replacing meat with heavy carbohydrate foods like bread and falafel, which means my protein intake has massively decreased and carbohydrate intake has increased. I’m going to try this week to incorporate a lot more protein from these foods: kale (I hate kale), hemp, nut milk, nut butter, quinoa, tofu and lentils.

I made bruschetta for lunch which was pretty good - tomatoes, chilli, lime, onion, avocado and some delicious delicious delicious bread:

Homemade Bruschetta Ingredients Avocado

Best meal of the week?

I ordered Lebanese food with a friend which was delisshhh: hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel, pita and veggies. Lebanese seems to be a great cuisine choice for vegans.

Worst meal of the week?

I had this: red & white quinoa, iron bark pumpkin, carrot & winter green salad. It sounded fresh and light – it’s now in my top 10 worst meals.

Any delicious discoveries?

Not yet really. I haven’t had a chance to go and do a vegan shop, or go to a free-from restaurant. Pure Taste in Notting Hill is on the radar…

Biggest temptation?

I fully hard-boiled some eggs without realising they weren’t vegan and got really disappointed when I remembered as well as buying a ham and cheese sandwich which I had to return soon after. Also, a friend tricked me with some mysterious ‘free vouchers’ to the Hawksmoor (really good meat).

Score:

4/10 – it hasn’t been fun.

 

Anna:

How have you found this week?

It hasn’t been too bad although I’ve starting craving things that I wouldn’t usually crave just because I can’t eat them – like when I see all the delicious loaves of bread in a bakery and just want them more! I also keep forgetting to check the label on sauces and then stressing out because I think that I’ve cheated but so far so good!

Best meal of the week?

I’d say my Saturday morning breakfast was pretty tasty. I quite like to treat myself to pancakes or something a bit more indulgent on the weekend, but didn’t have enough ingredients to make them gluten-free. Instead I had a grilled pink grapefruit with a little brown sugar, cinnamon and flaked almonds – yummy

Worst meal of the week?

It has to be this disgusting supergreen soup I got from M&S. I really struggled to find many gluten-free options so didn’t have much choice. It definitely won’t be a regular!

Any delicious discoveries?

I tried a Pulsin’ bar when I was in Stoke Newington Whole Foods doing a sampling, I was very pleasantly surprised! Although next week I need to do some more exploring of the gluten-free world!

Biggest temptation?

The big pot of crunchy Biscoff spread sitting on the kitchen counter at home! So hard to resist!

Score:

6/10 – more planning required!

 

So 1 week down, 6 to go...