Yes I know. There's still more than a week of September to go, but I'm going to need a little help with my next challenge, so I'm making this appeal in plenty of time to learn from the experiences of others.
My challenge for October is to eat vegan. For some time now I have been attempting (not always successfully) to be a semi vegetarian, ie restricting meat consumption to the weekends and special occasions. I'm doing this mainly for ecological reasons, to limit my contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, but also for health reasons, to limit my intake of saturated fat and to hit my 5-a-day target.
However, in October I'm going to try and go one step further and cut out animal products altogether. At first I thought this would be a doddle, but the more I think about it the more problematic it grows. My main concerns are around alternatives for milk (I can't do without my morning cuppa!), eggs (no cakes? no puddings?) and cheese (I'm not convinced by any of the alternatives). What will I eat for breakfast? What can I order when I eat out? What can I put on the table when I've only half an hour between getting home from work and going out for the evening? How can I tell at a glance whether something I pick off the shelf is vegan? What are the ingredients to look out for? How can I ensure that I maintain a balanced diet and don't run myself down?
I know there are people out there who have the answers to these questions. If you're one of them please share your wisdom below. I will be most grateful.