I keep forgetting to post my meals, but after this week is done I will get straight back on it. So, how is slimming world going as a vegan? Mostly a very positive experience. I had a gain last week, 1.5 pounds, of which I was fairly surprised. I had eaten *mostly* to plan, although if I’m completely honest with myself I was probably eating an extra ginger nut or two here or there, I didn’t think it would be enough to get a gain though. I had also been exercising the afternoon previously, which I’m telling myself could have lead to fluid retention, but I think I need to accept that my eating was slipping a little too much.

I almost left the group before the meeting, I just felt thoroughly disheartened, but then Jean, my consultant spotted me sitting alone and came up to speak. She was completely supportive, offering advice, she had looked through my food diaries and gave me some feedback there, and she suggested I use the S.A.S log. For anyone who doesn’t know what they are, they are a daily tool that you use to identify areas of weakness and self sabotage. They go beyond the standard food diary, you log everything that enters your mouth, syns, speed/protein/free etc, and some further information. I love cataloging things so I was up for that!

I also had been reading about SP days. I could be completely wrong, but I feel that I have been going overboard on the free food, rice, pasta and potatoes mainly. I know these things can be eaten freely, as long as you have a lot of speed food, but I think sometimes my portion sizes can’t be right! So Jean explained SP to me. The aim is to fill your plate with half speed food, and half food marked as protein. Now, for me, as a vegan, that is actually quite difficult. Foods that are marked with a P that are sfv follow:

  • Quorn Mince
  • Textured Vegetable Protein
  • Tofu
  • Aduki Beans
  • Baked Beans
  • Black Eye Beans
  • Borlotti Beans
  • Broad Beans
  • Butter Beans
  • Cannellini Beans
  • Flageolet Beans
  • Haricot Beans
  • Lentils
  • Mung Beans
  • Peas
  • Pinto Beans
  • Red Kidney Beans
  • Soya Beans
  • Split Peas

There you have it, not a lot of choice really I guess. I’m hoping quorn vegan fillets are included in this as I’ve recently discovered that they are quite tasty. My main P additions have been baked beans (I think I’m a little obsessed with them!), Kidney Beans, Quorn fillets, Lentils and I currently have a block of tofu in the fridge for next week.

S Fruit and Veg is easier, it includes mostly all veg, other than parsnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweetcorn and a couple of other things. Fruit mainly includes everything but bananas, blueberries, grapes, kiwi, mango, pineapple and a few other ones.

You can eat limited free food, but they do say this will affect the SP plan, so aim to stick to S, or P. You also get your standard one Healthy Extra A but you get two Healthy Extra B’s! I’m enjoying the flexibility to have porridge/more bread. Additionally you have your standard 5 – 15 syns. This picture below illustrates how your plate should be looking, image source.

SP Plate

So far this week I have followed SP Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, however I have a big weekend this weekend, I’m volunteering for The Vegan Society at Vegfest Scotland, and I’m afraid to say that I’m going to eating off plan. However, I have saved up some syns, I have 26.5 saved from the last 3 days, plus today and tomorrows, but realistically I expect to be off plan. Today I will only be there in the afternoon, I’m getting a takeaway tonight which I will try to keep to noodles and veg, but tomorrow myself, my daughter and niece are heading up for the entire day, and being surrounded by pre-prepared food that I can actually eat is just too much for me to ignore. So I will eat, mindfully, but not too mindfully, and hopefully the last few days, and next Monday and Tuesday will have staved off a gain. Fingers crossed!

For anyone who has had a gain on slimming world, if I could offer some advice, it would be to stay at group regardless. After Jean had spoken to me I decided to stay, my friend then appeared after weighing and she had also had a gain, in fact much of the group had. Being in that group situation of mutual frustration but supportive has really kept me going this week. That is the reason I go to slimming world. The food plan is great, the stuff they give you is handy, but the support you get from the group leader, and those who attend the group, that is what is invaluable. Two people also reached target, and seeing them achieve that makes me believe it will be me one day in the not too distant future.