Amsterdam was everything I dreamed it would be, of course. I’m just glad that Blayne fell in love with my favourite place in the world as much as I hoped he would. He can now also back me up on my bold statement of eating the best fries in the world. We were extremely lucky with the weather, not a single drop of rain and gloriously hot and sunny. Perfect! We didn’t get round to hiring bikes in the end; there were so many people in the city for gay pride that navigating around the city by bicycle seemed to be proving difficult for tourists and locals alike, but we walked for miles and miles, only jumping onto a tram once throughout the whole trip so that we were on time to meet a friend. We met up with most of my friends, Blayne finally got to put faces to the tales I had been telling him and everyone got on so well – the whole trip could not have been more perfect, well, apart from having to come back.
So, it’s back to England and back to commuting to London for me. This morning I couldn’t help but compare it to Amsterdam (as I have done so often since moving back from Amsterdam, two years ago). Everyone is in a rush in London. Everyone has somewhere they need to be, like, yesterday. The cars drive faster, even the bikes cycle faster. Amsterdam is so much more relaxed and easy going…*sigh*…
Anyway, enough nostalgia for the time being. So, as with every holiday I go on, I managed to come home with a few extra lbs. But I don’t dwell on it. You just have to get back into your routine. 9 times out of 10 it’s just water weight that I put on, purely down the fact that I drink a little lot more alcohol than I would normally, and far too little water. Naughty. Very naughty. I also found myself reading a very insightful book that got my thinking about what I’m actually fuelling my body with. During my weight loss journey I toyed with a vegan diet for a while, but I went about it all wrong. I ended up living off of fruit and vegan junk food, and got sick. I hadn’t eaten meat for a while before trying a vegan diet but I certainly didn’t go back to eating meat. I also stuck with soya/almond milk but I did start eating fish, eggs and other dairy products again. So, after reading aforementioned book, which promotes a healthy nutritious diet, free from animal products and full of whole foods, fruits and veggies, along with providing some great meal plans, I was inspired to give a vegan diet another shot. But I’ve done it properly this time.
The Vegan Society explains a vegan diet with the following diagram:
Their website is a fantastic resource for helping you with the transition into a vegan diet. You can also take a vegan pledge. So, yesterday I made my pledge. A 30 day pledge to eat only vegan. You can also choice to be assigned a mentor who will offer you guidance throughout your pledge. My pledge starts from today and I’m incredibly excited. I have prepared a basic meal plan for today, using the ingredients I already had at home, which I will post in picture form tomorrow. Today will mainly see me searching through Pinterest for exciting new recipes and ideas and writing a shopping list for the weekend.