Well I know I said I was going vegan. Well I did, for 10 days. I realize that I am not supposed to be vegan. Even though I agree with it in theory, in practice its just leaves me feeling hungry most of the time and not really nourished when I've eaten a meal. I'm sure long time vegans may have many things to say about my miserable failure at being vegan, but it was not working for me. The main thing that doesn't work for me being vegan is not being able to cook with butter. There is only coconut oil to cook with if you are vegan, and that is just much too expensive here in Portugal. A small jar is 10 euros. Also, I don't want everything to taste of coconut. So, I am back to my old ways of eating. Maybe sugar and wheat need to go? Not really sure, but I didn't notice any difference in how I felt, other than being hungry most of the time. I just made a post to see where I can find (if I can find) raw dairy here in Central Portugal.
If you eat fake butter (margarine) then you are harming the orangutans and if you eat butter you are hurting cows. Which is worse? I don't know, but I know for my health butter is much better than fake butter which is full of sunflower seed and palm oils. Sunflower seed oil is full of omega 6 oil which promotes inflammation. Oh and I forgot to mention the evil rapeseed or canola oil which is equally bad for health, you can read more about it in this link: http://www.foodrenegade.com/why-canola-oil-not-health-food/
Palm oil on the other hand can be healthy if using the red palm oil that is organically grown. But finding that can be challenging. I think it best to not use any palm oil at this time.
I have however, decided that I can be vegetarian. So, I am now vegetarian. I was just reading all about Nikola Tesla's diet. He was vegetarian as was Albert Einstein and several other famous poets and philosophers. You can read about them here http://shoptimix.com/5-vegetarian-historical-figures/
There are so many things that one can eat when vegetarian that are incredibly delicious. Last night I made vegetarian lasagna with a sheep cheese that was very similar to parmesan. My friend who is not vegetarian and didn't know that it would be a vegetarian lasagna was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it too. I will be posting some lovely recipes very soon.